May 15, 2016 - #4522 Music and the Spoken Word

Music and the Spoken Word broadcast with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. May 15, 2016 Broadcast Number 4522.


“Glory” 1 
Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Lyrics: Milton Pascal

“For I Am Called by Thy Name” 2,5 
Composer: Crawford Gates
Lyrics: Scripture

“Praise and Thanksgiving” (Organ solo)
Composer: Dale Wood

“This Is My Father’s World” 3
Composer: Franklin L. Sheppard
Lyrics: Maltbie D. Babcock
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“The Impossible Dream” 4,5 from Man of La Mancha 
Composer: Mitch Leigh
Lyrics: Joe Darion
Arrangement: Arthur Harris
Cut due to licensing.

“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
Composer: Rowland Hugh Prichard
Lyrics: Charles Wesley
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

  1. On the CD Glory! Music of Rejoicing.
  2. On the CD Consider the Lilies.
  3. On the CDs America's Choir and Peace Like a River and in the CD set Anniversary Collection.
  4. On the CD Showtime!
  5. In the CD set Encore Collection.

Spoken Word

What Is True Greatness?

People all over the world, in every culture and clime, pursue greatness. The desire to succeed and excel is as universal as it is natural. But what is true greatness? How do we know when we have achieved it? Some might say that greatness happens in rare, extraordinary moments when someone of unusual ability rises above his or her peers. Howard W. Hunter, himself a great man and beloved spiritual leader, offered a different definition of greatness when he said, “To do one’s best in the face of the commonplace struggles of life-and possibly in the face of failure-and to continue to endure and to persevere in the ongoing difficulties of life when those struggles and tasks contribute to others’ progress and happiness, . . . this is true greatness.”1

Such greatness-far from being unusual or exceptional-can be found all around us, though it sometimes goes unnoticed. It is evident in the humble heroes who consistently do the right thing, even when no one is watching. It’s found in those who, day after day, sometimes year after year, care for their loved ones who are ill or elderly. It could be a father who never lets a teaching moment pass with his children; a mother who sees that the needs of her family are met-even, at times, at the expense of her own; a teacher who notices a struggling student and offers extra, individual attention; a coworker who takes the time to compliment others on a job well done; or a husband and wife who gently love each other and their children. In such commonplace settings, we find the makings of true greatness.

Other kinds of success, based on worldly praise, reward, and recognition, are really just an illusion. Not loud or pretentious, true greatness does not shout from the rooftops or seek attention among the crowds. Most often, true greatness doesn’t grab headlines. It’s usually quiet, often unseen, and frequently unspoken. And the rewards of true greatness are without price or parallel. They include meaningful relationships, the enduring gratitude of loved ones, and the satisfaction of a life well lived. Long after public applause has died away, true greatness lives forever in every heart it has ever touched.

1. Teaching of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter (2015), 162-63