May 01, 2016 - #4520 Music and the Spoken Word

Music and the Spoken Word broadcast with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. May 01, 2016 Broadcast Number 4520.


“Let All the World in Every Corner Sing”
Composer: Ryan Murphy
Lyrics: George Herbert

“I Will Follow God’s Plan”1 
Composer: Vanja Y. Watkins
Lyrics: Vanja Y. Watkins
Arrangement: Nathan Hofheins

“Toccata” (organ solo)
Composer: Georgi Mushel

“O Light of Life!”
Composer: Mack Wilberg
Lyrics: David Warner

“Tonight” from West Side Story
(Cut due to licensing)
Composer: Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Arrangement: Sam Cardon

“Praise the Lord! His Glories Show”
Composer: Robert Williams
Lyrics: Henry Francis Lyte
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

  1. On the CD Teach Me to Walk in the Light, and in the CD set The Missionary Collection.
  2. On the CDs Heavensong and Mack Wilberg: Requiem. In the CD sets Bravo! The #1 Albums and Encore Collection.

Spoken Word

The Time to Prepare

A high school student learned a valuable lesson as he took a college entrance exam a few months ago. The night before the test, he read through the instructions he had received. He verified the time the exam would start. He sharpened his pencils. He put his calculator in his backpack. He felt ready for the early-morning test.

The next day, as the test began, the teacher invited the students to use their calculators on the math section. The young man pulled his calculator out and pressed the power button. But the screen remained blank. He tried again. Nothing. And then the shocking reality hit—the batteries were dead, and he had no replacements! He would need to do the math section the old-fashioned way—with paper and pencil.

He learned something that day—and it had nothing to do with math, science, or reading comprehension. He learned about the value of preparation. He thought he was prepared, but when the crucial moment came, he faced a problem he had not anticipated. He learned that sometimes being prepared means foreseeing the unforeseen.

Most of us have found ourselves in similar circumstances. We feel comfortable about our lives until a disaster or misfortune makes food, fuel, or resources hard to come by. And it’s not only tragedies that require our preparation—sometimes an opportunity arises, and we find that our lack of preparation may have closed doors and limited our future.

So how do we prepare? By focusing on things of greatest worth. By placing more value in people than in things. By reading and pondering words that strengthen us spiritually. By taking care of our emotional and physical well-being, living within our means, and enriching our minds through lifelong learning. All this and more will bolster our ability to get through the challenges and seize the opportunities.

The rain falls—and the sun shines—on all of us to varying degrees throughout our life.1 Now is the time to think carefully about the future and how to create our best life. Now is the time to prepare. 

1. See Matthew 5:45.