First Presidency and Quorum of the 12 Apostles Song

My family has loved learning a song to help us memorize the First Presidency and Quorum of the 12 Apostles, but now that there have been some changes, we don’t have a song to sing.  So, I decided to write one 🙂

Apparently, “Oh My Darling, Clementine” is in the public domain, so I can use it and I did!  Here are the words and a short recording (with no accompaniment–this is just a fun little diddy to help with learning names and order of seniority 🙂 ).  I hope you enjoy!

Downloadable Apostles Song Oct. 2015

Our dear Prophet is Thomas S. Monson, Henry B. Eyring comes next,

And then Dieter F. Uchtdorf and they all are “Presidents.”

Now the Quorum of 12 Apostles starts with Russell M. Nelson,

Dallin H. Oaks, M. Russell Ballard are the first three, now pay attention:

Robert D. Hales, Jeffrey R. Holland and David A. Bednar,

Quentin L. Cook, listen to them and you will go far.

D. Todd Christofferson, then Neil L. Andersen,

Ronald A. Rasband and Gary E. Stevenson.

Finally, Dale G. Renlund is the last of these good men,

And we hope we can follow their words till we hear from them again.

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I Stand With Cherish

Cherish

There are a few stories in the media that catch our attention and have the potential to mold us, change us, and help us grow.  The story of a young mother of 4 children, Cherish Peterson, has been one of these for me personally.  Have you all heard of this?  This mother had a bad mom moment: she accidentally, without intent, thinking she had the baby with her, left her baby in his car seat in the bottom of a shopping cart and drove away to other errands she needed to run.  This could happen to anyone: brain research has actually shown us that this is how children are left in cars, left places, etc. because she got out of her routine in a small way and really thought she had placed the baby behind her seat when she left.  After errands, her older child happened to ask where the baby was, and she turned around to see the baby was not there.  She panicked, called her husband, and rushed back to the store.  You can see her whole side of the story here: Cherish’s Side of the Story.

Now, let me tell you why this story has changed me.  People who have no idea who she is, or who just have read a headline by the news, have judged her and said TERRIBLE things about her.  I have been appalled at what has been said about her, and I have only read a few comments.  I have rushed to her defense and joined the #istandwithcherish cause because we are ALL imperfect people.  If we feel we have the right to judge someone’s entire character based on one decision, we are seriously messed up.  I make mistakes EVERY DAY of my life, and I pray that I am forgiven and can move on and try to be better.  However, do I give everyone else this same benefit of the doubt?  In truth, no.  I don’t.

I have always been the type of mom to judge teachers or babysitters based on ONE OR TWO accounts, good or bad, and have then requested teachers or babysitters based on only these accounts.  I have always thought this was fair, and even passed on these stories to others to “warn” them about potential teachers or babysitters because I thought I was doing a service.  I am ashamed to admit it, but that’s how I have lived up to this point.

This story has helped me change; I have promised myself I will no longer do this.  If I want others to accept my shortcomings and forgive and move on, I will do the same for others. 

Cherish, I am so sorry for what you are facing, and I simply have no idea how you must be feeling right now, but there has been some good come from this.  People have come together: the #istandwithcherish Facebook group is over 17,000 as of this morning!  And your story, Cherish, has changed me for the better, and for that, I thank you.

I invite any of you reading this to join with me and all other imperfect people and Stand With Cherish and every other imperfect person!!

New Christmas Song: He Was Thy Son Before He Was Mine

I am thrilled to share this new song with you.  It has been in my thoughts for over a year and it’s finally finished!

My husband, Gerrit, and I are in the process of writing a Christmas Cantata entitled “Voices from The First Noel,” and this song will be placed near the beginning of that cantata.  We are hoping to have the complete cantata written by fall of next year so we can share it with you all before Christmas 2016, however, we would love for you to be able to this song now in whatever noncommercial capacity you would like to.

This song is sung from the perspective of two amazing women: Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her cousin, Elisabeth, the mother of John the Baptist.  It is sung as a duet for a soprano and alto as they individually pray to Heavenly Father about their divine roles as mothers to these great men.  I tried to convey what I feel these women might have been thinking and what their prayers may have sounded like after learning of their roles.  I know what many of us feel like when we find out we are to be mothers, and I tried to express those feelings in this song as well.

If you decide to use it in a Christmas program, some appropriate scriptural narration about Elisabeth is found in Luke 1:5-7, 11-17, 24-25.  Appropriate narration about Mary is found in Luke 1:26-35, and Gabriel then tells Mary about Elisabeth in Luke 1:36-38.

I want to thank my friend, Angi Johnson, for sharing her talents and her willingness to sing with me in the recording.  Her beautiful voice is perfect for the alto part, and I have loved working with her!  Thank you, Angi!

I hope you enjoy it!  Please let me know if you are able to use it somehow, and I hope you’ll look forward to our complete Christmas cantata next year!

He Was Thy Son Sheet Music

“The Living Christ” words license

Hello all.  I regret to have to inform you that the Church licensing committee got back to me and have rejected my application to use the words to “The Living Christ” to my songs even for free.  I’m so sorry, but I’m going to have to take them off my website as I respect their decision and will move forward from here.  I hope you have enjoyed them so far, and I truly, deeply apologize for only putting half out there before having to remove them.  If I had realized that the words were copyrighted material, I never would have posted these songs without express permission from the Church.  I hope you can forgive me and I hope you all will continue with the challenge to memorize this great document!  Please view the previous post if you have questions about how this all came about.  I didn’t know I would hear back so soon from them.

Living Christ Song 7

I feel I need to also give you all some full disclosure about recent goings-on surrounding these songs.  As I searched online, I found another person who has also posted songs she wrote to help memorize this document, “The Living Christ.” She said that she received permission from the church to post her songs only because she has password-protected her songs.  It was my understanding that this document was not under the same copyright as others because the document itself does not have any copyright symbol or date recorded.  I do my absolute best to respect copyright, so I am concerned I have breached it somehow. I have started the process to get these songs approved for use by the church since seeing her post.

I do not know if her site has any commercial interest; perhaps that is why the church asked her to password-protect the songs.  My site has absolutely no commercial interest, even the ads you may sometimes see are ads placed by WordPress and I get no money from them at all.  I am hoping that because of this, the church will continue to allow me to post them without having to go through password-protection.  However, I wanted to let you know that, depending on what permission I am granted, I may have to password-protect in the future.  If I am granted similar rights to what she has been granted, she is still able to let others use them for free, they just have to go through requesting a password first.

I just wanted to let you all know this possibility and will continue to update you as I hear back!

Life recently

The last month of my life has been overwhelming in a lot of ways.  My daughter turned 8, so she had her big 8th birthday party and was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  In addition, my parents just sold the house they have lived in for 30 years, and the only home I ever knew as a child and growing up.  They have been staying with us until their new home is built.  We also just bought a second car after almost 10 years with only 1!

Amidst all of these changes, my grandmother, Mavis Hill passed away in the middle of March, and her husband, Orr Hill, passed away just 2 weeks later on April 1st.  We have been preparing for, practicing for, and traveling to and from funerals.  It has been an emotional month!

Since I got off of Facebook, I didn’t get a chance to post a picture of my sweet grandparents, nor was I able to share with many outside my family my feelings about them and their deaths.  So, here they are.  bo and grandpa

Aren’t they the sweetest couple?  I love them both very much and miss them so much!

My grandmother, Mavis, was an amazing pianist, and I have been told by many people that I play the piano just like her (we have them same “style,” apparently).  I love knowing that I got that from her, and every time I play now, I think of her and hope she is proud of me and what I am doing with my life.  I had the great privilege of playing and singing for both my grandmother and grandfather’s funerals. For my grandmother, I played “My Cup Runneth Over with Love.”  I didn’t know it at the time, but found in her notes later going through her things, that she considered it her and Grandpa’s “song.”  For my grandfather, I put together a medley of “Anchors Aweigh,” “America the Beautiful,” “Come Come Ye Saints,” and “Families Can Be Together Forever.”  I created it as a tribute to his love for country, for pioneer heritage, his faith, and his love for the temple and family.  While playing both pieces, I felt my grandmother nearby helping me get through them and to play as she would have played.  Truly, I will never forget either experience and I am so grateful I was able to participate.

Even though the funerals were difficult, I was also grateful to be able to spend so much time with my extended family as we practiced pieces to sing together, went through the house looking for treasures and family history, and played games and talked just as our grandparents would want us to.  I love my family so much!

I also want to bear you my testimony.  I know that this sweet couple lives on after their lives on earth.  I know they are together again, and that because they were sealed together in the temple, they can be together forever!salt-lake-city-temple-37762-gallery

I am so grateful for this knowledge!  I hope if you have recently faced similar situations in your life, that you will feel the love of our Heavenly Father and the peace that can come from knowing that families can truly be together forever!  If you have any questions about my beliefs, please visit mormon.org and learn more!