March 6, 2016 - #4512 Music and the Spoken Word

Music and the Spoken Word broadcast with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. March 06, 2016 Broadcast Number 4512.


“When in Our Music God Is Glorified” 
Traditional hymn tune
Lyrics: Fred Pratt Green
Arrangement: Emily Crocker
With West Point Brass

“For the Beauty of the Earth”1 
Composer: Conrad Kocher
Lyrics: Folliott S. Pierpont
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“March” from First Suitein E-flat 
Composer: Gustav Holst
Featuring “West Point Brass”

“Ubi Caritas” 
Composer: Maurice Duruflé

Prelude on “Prospect of Heaven” (organ solo)
Composer: Andrew Unsworth

“Joy in the Morning” 
Composer: Natalie Sleeth
Lyrics: Natalie Sleeth
With West Point Brass

“Love One Another”2
Composer: Luacine Clark Fox
Lyrics: Luacine Clark Fox
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Glorious Everlasting”
Composer: M. Thomas Cousins
Lyrics: Scripture
With West Point Brass

  1. On the album Love Is Spoken Here and in the CD set Anniversary Collection.
  2. On the album Teach Me to Walk in the Light and in the CD set The Missionary Collection.

Spoken Word

Take Care of Your Garden

Every year, as winter finally gives way to spring, the warmer weather and sunnier days draw us outside, inviting us put our hands in the soil and plant something. Nothing quite compares to the satisfaction of watching something grow: tomatoes or peas, a pine tree or an apple tree, or whatever seeds we may plant. Nurturing a garden takes time, resourcefulness, and commitment. As every good gardener knows, consistent care is the only way to get anything to grow.

That is, anything desirable. Weeds, of course, can grow without any attention or nurturing. In fact, weeds and other unwelcome guests in our garden seem to flourish best in an environment of neglect, mistreatment, and apathy.

Isn’t the same true in our relationships? Our most important associations—our friendships and family bonds—need nurturing, care, and attention. Negligence will always sprout weeds and problems. Of course, some problems are just an inevitable part of life. But when they show up in our relationships, we can treat them like weeds in our garden—we can pull them out and plant something better in their place.

In the words of an old children’s rhyme:

Kind hearts are the gardens, 
Kind thoughts are the roots, 
Kind words are the flowers, 
Kind deeds are the fruits.

Take care of your garden 
And keep out the weeds. 
Fill it with sunshine, 
Kind words and kind deeds.1

Such nurturing kindnesses appear in all the little moments of life. One grown daughter remembers how her father always smiled and looked in her eyes when he saw her. He greeted her by saying, “How’s my beautiful daughter?” He planted seeds of love by spending time with her and listening to her. Because he knew that she loved watermelons, sometimes he would buy one just for her. These weren’t big things, but they were meaningful to her. The seeds of love that were sewn in her childhood bore fruit throughout her life.

No matter who we are, we all need love and kindness in order to grow. If perhaps some weeds have worked their way into our relationships, now is the time to clear things up and plant seeds of kindness that can grow into strong bonds of love.

1. Attributed to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.