January 29, 2017 - #4559 Music and the Spoken Word

Music and the Spoken Word broadcast with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. January 29, 2017 Broadcast Number 4559.


“Canticle of Faithfulness”
Music: Daniel Bird (based on “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” by William M. Runyan)
Lyrics: Paraphrased from Psalm 89 and Thomas O. Chisholm

“The King of Love My Shepherd Is” 
Irish tune
Lyrics: Henry Baker
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg
With members of Orchestra at Temple Square

“Sinfonia to Cantata 29” (organ solo)
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Arrangement: Robert Hebble

“Old Time Religion”1 
Arrangement: Moses Hogan; adapted by Benjamin Harlan

“Where Love Is”2 
Music: Joanne Bushman Doxey and Marjorie Castleton Kjar
Lyrics: Joanne Bushman Doxey and Norma B. Smith
Arrangement: Sam Cardon
With members of Orchestra at Temple Square

“The Whole Armor of God” 
Music: K. Lee Scott
Lyrics: Scripture and Henry Child Carter

1. On the album Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing and in the CD set Bravo! The #1 Album
2. On the album Love Is Spoken Here and in the CD set Anniversary Collection.

Spoken Word

I Know Who You Are

Every now and then, a simple act of love reminds us all what it really means to love someone. This happened recently at a care center for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. A nurse who worked at the center noticed an elderly gentleman who faithfully visited his wife every day. Her disease had taken from her mind all memory of her husband. Still he came.

One day the nurse said, “Why do you keep coming? She doesn’t even know who you are.”

He smiled and replied, “That’s OK. I know who she is.”

What this man understood is that true love sees past current circumstances and outward appearances into the heart—the true identity of another person.

It’s not easy to develop this kind of love, because it’s not easy to know someone this deeply and this completely. This is the kind of love that grows through years of caring, forgiving, and just being there for one another. For this reason, it tends to grow best in a family.

It often begins when a baby cries. Her parents do their best to discover what her needs are and give her their comforting care. Through each act of caring, they grow to understand her, to know her, and to love her more.

The more we help our children through the challenges of life, the better we come to know them, and in the process our love for them cannot help but grow. They might make mistakes or disappoint us, but we do not let those mistakes define them—we know who they really are.

But this kind of love is perhaps best expressed in marriage. As beautiful as the love between newlyweds may be, it is merely a foreshadowing of the far greater love that lies ahead. After years—even decades—of sharing their joys and sorrows, a husband and wife find their love to be so much deeper than they thought possible when they were first married, for they have learned who they really are.

Of course, all of this love is simply a reflection of the love of God, who knows who we are better than anyone. So, for example, when a husband holds the hand of his nonresponsive wife in a care center, he echoes divine love as he says, “I will always be here for you. I know who you are.”