Due to licensing, this full episode will not be made live. However, the songs were performed during the 2016 Pioneer Concert. That concert can be watched above, or if you are wanting to watch a particular song their links will be below.

July 24, 2016 - #4532 Music & the Spoken Word

Music & the Spoken Word broadcast with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. July 24, 2016 Broadcast Number 4532.


“The Handcart Song”
Music: John Daniel Thompson McAllister
Lyrics: John Daniel Thompson McAllister; new verse by Lucile Cardon Reading
Arrangement: Sam Cardon

“As I Walked through London City”
English folk song
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg
With The King’s Singers

“All Things Bright and Beautiful” (Organ solo) 
English melody
Arrangement: Neil Harmon

“Migildi Magildi” 
Welsh folk tune
Arrangement: Bill Ives
Featuring The King’s Singers

“I’m Runnin’ On” 
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg
With The King’s Singers

"Strong Men, Brave Women, and Sturdy Children" (The Spoken Word)
Lloyd K. Newell

“Come, Come, Ye Saints” 1,2,4 
Latter-day Saint Hymn
Lyrics: William Clayton
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Thou Gracious God, Whose Mercy Lends” 3,4
English folk tune
Lyrics: Oliver W. Holmes, Sr.
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg
With The King’s Singers and Wasatch and District Pipe Band

  1. On the CD Called to Serve, and in the CD set The Missionary Collection.
  2. On the CD America's Choir.
  3. On the CD Peace Like a River.
  4. In the CD set Anniversary Collection.


Spoken Word

Strong Men, Brave Women, and Sturdy Children

More than 150 years ago, thousands of stalwart pioneers fled their comfortable homes into the wilderness in search of freedom from religious persecution. A newspaper headline from 1914 summarized their remarkable westward trek in these words: “Strong Men, Brave Women and Sturdy Children Crossed the Wilderness Afoot.”1

But if you could talk to some of those men, women, and children, they would probably tell you that they didn’t always feel strong, brave, and sturdy. Betsey Smith Goodwin, who pushed and pulled a handcart more than 1,000 miles as a 13-year-old, recalls food rationing and bitter cold weather. “But we never forgot to pray,” she said, “and we sang, ‘Come, Come, Ye Saints,’ with great zeal and fervor. We realized that we needed the help of God to see us through.”

Betsey continues, “I will not dwell upon the hardships we endured, nor the hunger and cold, but I like to tell of the goodness of God unto us.” She recounts one day that especially stood out in her memory. The wind blew fiercely. The dark clouds were ominous and threatening. The approaching storm was so violent, the thunder and lightning so frightening, that even the ox teams refused to take another step. The group’s captain stood in the middle of the road, took off his hat, and bowed his head. Soon other members of the company joined him in bowing their heads and removing their hats, until 100 carts had gathered around the captain, who said, “Let us pray.” Betsey remembers that as he poured his heart out in prayer, heaven felt close. The clouds then parted, and the company pressed forward with faith until they reached camp and pitched their tents—just before the storm clouds finally burst open with torrents of rain.2

So often, the best thing to do—the only thing to do—is pray and then get to work. That’s true whether we’re crossing plains in handcarts or facing more modern hardships and difficulties. When our days are daunting, when the challenges we face are frightening—even paralyzing for a moment—we don’t have to rely on our own strength, bravery, or sturdiness. We can seek divine help. As we do, we’ll be able to share with future generations stories of “the goodness of God unto us.”

1. Josiah Rogerson Sr., Salt Lake Tribune, Jan. 4, 1914,
2. See “The Tired Mother: Pioneer Recollections,” Improvement Era, July 1919, 775-81.