June 10, 2018 - #4630 Music & the Spoken Word

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Conductors: Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy
Organist: Andrew Unsworth
Announcer: Lloyd Newell

“Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah”
Music: John Hughes
Lyrics: William Williams
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Psalm 148”1
Music: Gustav Holst
Lyrics: Scripture

“Trumpet Tune in Seven” (Organ solo)
Music: James C. Kasen

“Deep River”
African-American spiritual
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Battle of Jericho”2
African-American spiritual
Arrangement: Moses Hogan

“This Little Light of Mine”
by TBD
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

  1. On the CD Glory! Music of Rejoicing.
  2. On the CD Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing and in the CD set Bravo! The #1 Albums

The Spoken Word

The Need for Light

Have you ever noticed how plants bend toward the sun? Whether it’s trees in a forest, flowers in a garden, or a potted plant in your window sill, most plants tend to grow in the direction of the sunlight that gives them life. Botanists call this heliotropism, but it’s really much simpler than it sounds. Plainly stated, most living things prefer light over darkness.

It’s true of plants, and recent research has shown that it’s true of people as well. We all have an inherent desire to look toward the positive, away from the negative, toward light, and away from darkness.

A business professor has noted this principle and applied it to corporations and other organizations. He calls it the “heliotropic effect”:  just as a plant flourishes in plentiful sunlight and withers in darkness, people and groups prosper “in the presence of the positive and languish … [in] the presence of the negative.” He goes on to suggest that this simple principle “has enormous implications for how we rear our children, … how we train leaders, [and] how we educate our students.”1

In fact, it may have implications for how we live our everyday lives. There is much in the world that is harsh and dark and negative. We cannot altogether avoid it, but we can turn away from it and turn toward the light. We can favor hope over despair, faith over doubt, positivity over cynicism. Every time we express gratitude, offer a helping hand, or give an encouraging compliment, like a flower by the window we are bending toward the light that gives us life.

Not only that, but we are also bringing light into the lives of others. If plants and businesses prosper in the light, so can our relationships. As our words and actions draw on heavenly light, people will be drawn to our light and love. And if there’s one thing this darkening world needs, it’s more goodness, more love, and more light.

  1. Kim Cameron, “The Heliotropic Effect: The Wheatley Institution’s Approach to Ethics and Virtuousness,” lecture given at Brigham Young University, Apr. 1, 2016,