March 18, 2018 - #4618 Music & the Spoken Word

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Conductor: Mack Wilberg
Organist: Andrew Unsworth
Announcer: Lloyd Newell
With special guest: BYU–Idaho Collegiate Singers, Randall Kempton, conductor

“Saints Bound for Heaven”1
American folk hymn
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“I Feel My Savior’s Love”2
Music: K. Newell Dayley
Lyrics: Ralph Rodgers, K. Newell Dayley, and Laurie Huffman
Arrangement: Sam Cardon

“A Highland Ayre” (Organ solo)
Music: Richard Purvis

Music: René Clausen
Lyrics: Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Featuring BYU–Idaho Collegiate Singers

“My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Arrangement: Arthur Harris

“I Got a Key”
Arrangement: Joni Jensen
Featuring BYU–Idaho Collegiate Singers

“O Clap Your Hands”
Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Lyrics: Psalm 47

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

The Spoken Word

"The Bedrock of Lasting Happiness"

Researchers have been studying happiness for many years. Everyone wants to know how to be happier, and we wonder if there’s a hidden secret that science can discover for us.

Recently an 80-year Harvard study, the longest study ever done on the subject of happiness, made a conclusion that probably shouldn’t surprise us: “Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives.” Strong bonds with loved ones, the study found, “protect people from life’s discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, [intelligence], or even genes.”[1]

It’s no secret: our relationships matter. This idea may seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget. Life has a way of isolating us. Sometimes it’s busyness that interferes with our relationships. Sometimes it’s jealousy or some perceived offense. We might feel that we have been treated unkindly or unfairly. This can lead to anger and resentment, further damaging the relationships that promote happiness.

To make matters worse, social media and other technologies have made many of those relationships more virtual than real. Through the filter of social media, we see people only in part, and we might wonder why our lives aren’t as successful or happy as everyone else’s life seems to be. And so we become anxious and unhappy.

How can we push those negative feelings down when we feel them taking root in our hearts? How can we value and nurture the relationships that make us truly happy?

We might need to take a break from social media and reconnect with the loved ones around us. We might need to remember that what we see of others’ lives isn’t ever the full story. We might need to forgive—and ask for forgiveness. And we might need to focus less on what we lack and more on the goodness and blessings that fill our lives every day.

Money, fame, and social status come and go; they make for a shaky foundation for life. Instead, build your life on loving relationships, and they will be the bedrock of lasting happiness.


  1. Liz Mineo, “Good Genes Are Nice, but Joy Is Better,” Harvard Gazette, Apr. 11, 2017,



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