March 13, 2016 - #4513 Music and the Spoken Word

Music and the Spoken Word broadcast with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. March 13, 2016 Broadcast Number 4513.


“Look at the World” 
Composer: John Rutter
Lyrics: John Rutter

“Pilgrim Song”1 
American folk hymn
Arrangement: Ryan Murphy

“Festive Trumpet Tune” (organ solo)
Composer: David German

“His Yoke Is Easy, and His Burthen Is Light,”2 fromMessiah 
Composer: George Frideric Handel

“The Sound of Music,” from The Sound of Music
Composer: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Arrangement: Arthur Harris

“Be Still, My Soul”3
Composer: Jean Sibelius
Lyrics: Katharina von Schlegel; translated by Jane Borthwick
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“O Come, Ye Nations of the Earth”
German hymn tune
Lyrics: David Warner
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

  1. On the album Glory! Music of Rejoicing.
  2. On the albums Messiah—The Complete Oratorio and Messiah—Highlights.
  3. On the album Peace Like A River and in the CD set Anniversary Collection.

Spoken Word

A Brighter Tomorrow

In a scene that plays out often in snowy weather, a young driver was in a hurry to meet a friend and hit an icy patch on the road. Before she could react, the car slid off the road and wedged tightly into a snowbank. The snow cushioned the impact, but the car was stuck. Soon the young woman was able to signal to a kind passerby who helped her free the car, and she was on her way.

The road of life, like that wintry highway, is full of slippery patches. Even when we’re trying to be careful, circumstances may cause us to get stuck, emotionally trapped, and unable to free ourselves. Perhaps a heavy burden we carry from our past prevents us from moving forward. Or worse, sometimes the hazards of life’s journey cause even more serious harm. Often through no fault of our own, we are hit with something that causes pain, guilt, and long-lasting suffering.

Perhaps the first step in healing is to realize that we really can change. Things can get better. When we truly believe that, we will find that there are those around us who, like a kind passerby, will lend a listening ear and offer loving help.

But we have to be willing to let go of yesterday’s mistakes. A wise man once cautioned that we must not let our yesterdays “hold our tomorrows hostage.”

There’s still plenty of road ahead for all of us. By focusing on the future we can stop defining ourselves by what has happened in the past. We can begin to work on who we want to become, regardless of who we once were. 
That takes great courage. The power to do it comes through faith in divine assistance, hope for ourselves and our true potential, and love from the people around us. With faith, hope, and love, our yesterdays—however dark—can be overcome and our tomorrows can be bright and full of promise.

Neal A. Maxwell, “Testifying of the Great and Glorious Atonement,” Ensign, Oct. 2001, 12.