In my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are given assignments, or callings, to fulfill to help run the various organizations within the church. The callings change from time to time, and at the moment I am the Primary Music Chorister, for the children ages 18 months to 11 years old. There was a time when I prayed I would never be asked to fulfill this role. But when I was asked to do it December of 2010, I was excited. I was ready.
There is plenty of music in the airwaves that can influence us for good or bad. But what I appreciate most about the music found within our church are the messages of faith, hope, love of and from our Heavenly Father. The music I am able to learn, study and then teach to these children each week can give them strength to choose the right, help them feel their Savior's love for them, appreciate the beautiful world God has created for us, teach us the importance and value of family.
Music can touch the soul at times when words alone cannot. That is what I love most about the music I am able to sing and teach each week to these beautiful souls of Heavenly Father. I will admit though, there are times I don't feel as motivated to do this every week. It takes lots of planning, and sometimes I feel like the children might be bored, or simply don't want to sing. But I came across this beautiful video the other day from a blog that I follow to help me with my calling. This video was originally dedicated to the singer/songwriter's mother who passed away, but it can certainly apply to anyone that is teaching songs to children. It was something I needed to hear. It has rejuvinated me in my assignment, and helped me to feel that, yes, I am making a difference, whether I know it or not. But most importantly has helped me to understand that teaching these beautiful principles of the Savior are needed, and sometimes, the best way to do that, is through song.