My daughter is serving a mission in Sweden. At the end of her letter a few weeks ago she shared this line:
“also, if you haven’t seen my new favorite mormon message, the music of the gospel, here it is.”
Of course I had to look it up…I watched it and LOVED it, then I listened to the conference talk that inspired it by Elder Wilford W. Andersen.
Here are some of the highlights:
“Sometimes in our homes, we successfully teach the dance steps but are not as successful in helping our family members to hear the music. And as the old medicine man well knew, it is hard to dance without music. Dancing without music is awkward and unfulfilling—even embarrassing. Have you ever tried it?”
“In section 8 of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord taught Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, “Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart” (verse 2). We learn the dance steps with our minds, but we hear the music with our hearts. The dance steps of the gospel are the things we do; the music of the gospel is the joyful spiritual feeling that comes from the Holy Ghost. It brings a change of heart and is the source of all righteous desires. The dance steps require discipline, but the joy of the dance will be experienced only when we come to hear the music.”
My Grandma Adams was so good at helping her daughters hear the music of the gospel. She was the original Fierce Mormon Mother. She interwove the struggle to keep her hard won apartments running during the Great Depression with the strong belief if she did her part, He would do His. When she found something wonderful for her apartments she’d say, “Thank goodness I just paid my tithing!” This is a memory of my mother’s. My mother told me this story often about her mother and she passed this memory on to me, and helped cement my belief in the importance of tithing. I could picture the whole scene in my mind’s eye—my Grandmother’s delight and rejoicing that her belief and faith helped many good things, spiritual and material, pour into her life. You could discuss what difficult things you and they are doing often and how you could do more than you thought because of relying on the Lord. Pay attention to the tender mercies and miracles in your life and talk often about them to your children. Tell them of your wonder and delight when you know the Lord is blessing you and how your heart feels.
I love the ending of that paragraph from Elder Andersen, so much I am going to repeat it. “(t)he music of the gospel is the joyful spiritual feeling that comes from the Holy Ghost. It brings a change of heart and is the source of all righteous desires. The dance steps require discipline, but the joy of the dance will be experienced only when we come to hear the music.”