‘The Cello Guy’ strives to be a missionary to the world

‘The Cello Guy’ strives to be a missionary to the world

Sound check, concert, meet and greet, attempt to sleep on a tour bus and repeat. Steven Sharp Nelson and the rest of “The Piano Guys” travel through different time zones around the world, sometimes up to 10 days, non-stop to share their talents and inspire people through their music.

All of the long nights away from home, the many hours in the recording studio and the time spent writing music is not for the fame and fortune, according to Nelson. He said it’s about “giving people an opportunity to connect with God and feel the spirit.”

Nelson said he tries to answer the call to serve as a missionary of Christ in all things and in all places, from the bright lights on stage to even coordinating a meeting with the local missionaries.

“He’s a missionary to our ward, but he’s also a missionary to the world,” said Doug Todd, the assistant ward mission leader in Nelson’s ward.

Becoming “The Cello Guy”

Nelson, also known as “The Cello Guy,” is a world-renowned musician who is part of the YouTube sensation The Piano Guys. He admitted when he was a child, he wanted to be famous because of his love for entertaining people.

Nelson said the fame isn’t where he finds happiness. He said he finds his true joy in the gospel. Being LDS in a worldly atmosphere isn’t an easy thing according to Nelson. He credits his family and the gospel for keeping him grounded with the spirit.

“I’m so blessed Heavenly Father didn’t let this happen earlier on in my life because if I didn’t have my footing firmly planted in the ground, I would’ve been swept up,” Nelson said.

The Piano Guys went from one small attempt to market a piano store through videos in the small town of St. George, to a YouTube channel with 4.5 million subscribers from around the world. Nelson said the creation of The Piano Guys was completely in God’s hands and not just happenstance.

“The wonderful thing about believing in God, is that you stop believing in coincidences,” Nelson said. “The minute you stop believing in coincidences, you’re free. You’re free to believe that there is purpose to life and there is purpose to everything you do.”


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Jeremy Goff was born in Denver and raised in Orem, Utah. He served a mission in the Manchester New Hampshire Mission (’12-’14). He is passionate about many things: he blogs, loves food, family, politics, and religion. He travels for work and loves to visit temples and share the gospel along the way! Follow Jeremy’s journey on his blog www.mylifebygogogoff.com

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