October 11, 2015 - #4491 Music & The Spoken Word

Music and the Spoken Word broadcast with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. October 11, 2015 Broadcast Number 4491. 


“Look to the Day”1
Composer: John Rutter
Lyrics: John Rutter

“Awake the Harp” from The Creation
Composer: Franz Josef Haydn

“Softly and Tenderly”2
Composer: Will L. Thompson
Lyrics: Will L. Thompson
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Intermezzo” (organ solo)
Composer: Leroy Robertson

“This Little Light of Mine”
Composer: Spiritual
Arrangement: Moses Hogan
Featuring special guest, Sylvia McNair

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

“Climb Ev’ry Mountain”3 from The Sound of Music
Composer: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Arrangement: Arthur Harris
Featuring special guest, Sylvia McNair

  1. On the CD Glory! Music of Rejoicing
  2. On the CD Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  3. On the CD collection 100: Celebrating a Century of Recording Excellence

Spoken Word

The Power of Preparation

In one of his legendary fables, Aesop, the master storyteller, tells of an encounter between an ant and a grasshopper. It was a sunny summer day, and the grasshopper was relaxing and making music. Then the ant came by, carrying a load of food to its nest. “Why not come and chat with me,” said the grasshopper,“ instead of working so hard all day?”

“I am helping to lay up food for the winter,“ replied the ant, “and I recommend you do the same.“

”Oh, why bother about winter?” said the grasshopper. ”That’s so long from now. There will be time to worry about winter later.” But the ant went on its way and continued its toil. As the fable goes, winter arrived, and the grasshopper found itself in dire need of food. However, the ant and its companions had plenty to eat. Their wise preparation for the future had served them well.

The only thing we know for sure about the future is that it is mostly unpredictable. We can’t anticipate all of our challenges and opportunities. But we do know that summer is always followed by winter. Times of plenty don’t last forever, and they frequently give way to less prosperous circumstances. By preparing for the future, we lessen the impact of hard times and put ourselves in a position to help others in need. 

With so many demands on the present, the future often gets neglected. Like the grasshopper, we easily slip into a pattern of living day to day, without much thought for tomorrow. That’s why it’s so critical to take a lesson from Aesop’s ant: even a little preparation now can pay great dividends later. 

In Proverbs we read, ”Go to the ant . . . ; consider her ways, and be wise.”1 If we do what we can to prepare now, we can face the unknown of the future with the peace, the assurance, and the satisfaction known only to those who are prepared.

  1. Proverbs 6:6