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January 12, 2014 - #4400 "Love, Loyalty, and Belonging"

Music & the Spoken Word broadcast with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. January 12, 2014 Broadcast Number 4400. 


"Redeemer of Israel"1
Composer: Freeman Lewis
Lyrics: Joseph Swain; adapted by William W. Phelps
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

"I Feel My Savior's Love"2
Composer: K. Newell Dayley
Lyrics: Ralph Rodgers, K. Newell Dayley & Laurie Huffman
Arrangement: Sam Cardon

"Gabriel's Oboe" from The Mission (Organ Solo)
Composer: Ennio Morricone
Arrangement: Clay Christiansen

*"Gabriel's Oboe" was removed from the online program due to licensing.

"Let All the Angels of God Worship Him" from Messiah
Composer: George Frideric Handel

"Homeward Bound"2,3
Composer: Marta Keen
Lyrics: Marta Keen
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

"Praise the Lord! His Glories Show"
Composer: Robert Williams
Lyrics: Henry Francis Lyte
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

1. On the CDs Then Sings My Soul Called To ServeCome, Come Ye Saints (Legacy Series) , and the DVD Historic Visit to Nauvoo
2. On the CD Love is Spoken Here
3. On the CD set 100 Years: Celebrating A Century Of Recording Excellence, the downloadable album 9/11: Rising Above, and the DVD One Voice. Another version of this song featuring Welsh Tenor Bryn Terfel is on the CD Homeward Bound.
4. On the CD Teach Me To Walk In The Light & Other Children's Favorites

Spoken Word

“"Love, Loyalty, and Belonging"

Every parent knows that being a good mom or dad is the most difficult job in the world. No challenge is greater than giving your all to raise a child to become a responsible and honorable adult. And while it can seem exhausting and never-ending at times, the day soon comes when that son or daughter leaves home. It can be as challenging to see your children go as it was to raise them. In some ways, perhaps it's even more difficult.

But giving them wings to fly and find their independence is the task of parenthood. And that's the great irony of parenting-if we do it well, our children grow to need us less and less. As we truly, without guilt or over-protectiveness, set them free to find their calling in life,1 they leave with a sense of confidence and an assurance that, whatever happens, they are loved. And then, in moments and decisions large and small, thoughts and hearts return to the home that's filled with goodness and love.

Of course, no home, no parent, no son or daughter is perfect or without some problems. But that's the process of life. We give our hearts, we do our best, we learn and grow, and we become better and wiser. Life changes, children grow up and leave, and it seems that things will be forever different. And yet, though circumstances change, in a way they remain the same: We may not live together anymore, but we will always love each other. We may not see each other every day, but we are loyal and true to the timeless values taught and happy memories experienced in the home. We may move far away for a season, but always we are linked together-we forever belong to one another.

That sense of love and loyalty and belonging between parents and children can remain with us always. No matter where we travel, in our hearts we can ever be homeward bound.