Sunday, February 12, 2012

#3 How Music Communes with the Soul

Really, actually, I love how powerful music is in conveying things that words cannot express. Including love, longing, determination, fear... I think music is truly powerful, the way it touches the soul, communes with it, and then moves it feel something significant. Today, what it conveyed was testimony.
I am the choir director in our ward (that is a church congregation) and we prepared a song called "I Feel My Savior's Love". I really enjoy this song, for 2 main reasons.

1) when I hear it, it takes me back to being a young girl in primary when I first had those inklings of the Spirit touch me and allow me to begin to recognize my Savior's love for me in all the world around me.

and 2) I love the lyrics even now that encourage me to think about the Savior's active part in my life to bless me constantly.

The arrangement was lovely, the choir did exceptionally well on the a Capella portion, the soloist really shared his testimony, and I had that wonderful feeling that tells me the music really did its job: I felt that communion in my soul, that gentle touch opening my heart to the warmth of the Spirit.

I love how music can do that, don't you?


  1. Totally and completely agree. I remember being a Primary chorister when maybe Eric was a back row boy and I found a song in the Friend about the atonement. It was a duet/partner song that I wanted to present in sacrament meeting for Easter, but there was really heavy doctrine about the atonement in the words. The kids caught on so easily to the message of the music with just a few pictures to guide them. It was powerful, and music can express so clearly what sometimes can't be said with words. It can also bring the Spirit into meetings faster than anything else.

  2. Man alive I wish I could sing in your choir, Elisa. I bet you totally rock, and I sincerely wish I could learn in that environment from you! I am positive that everyone loves you and appreciates all the hard work you put into this calling. Oooh it just makes me want to move back to Columbus right now I tell ya! Love you!