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November 21, 2021 - #4810 Music & the Spoken Word

The Music & the Spoken Word broadcast airs live via TV, radio, and internet stream on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. mountain time. For information on other airtimes, visit “Airing Schedules” at

This live performance of Music & the Spoken Word is produced with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square practicing COVID protocols.


Conductor: Mack Wilberg
Organist: Andrew Unsworth
Narrator: Lloyd Newell

“Prayer of Thanksgiving”
Music: Edward Kremser
Lyrics: Theodore Baker
Arrangement: Nathan Hofheins

“For the Beauty of the Earth”1
Music: John Rutter
Lyrics: Folliott S. Pierpoint

“Prelude on 'Simple Gifts'” organ solo
Music: Shaker tune
Arrangement: Franklin Ashdown

“I Think the World Is Glorious”2
Music: Alexander Schreiner
Lyrics: Anna Johnson
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Home is a Special Kind of Feeling”3 from The Wind in the Willows
Music: John Rutter
Lyrics: David Grant

“Now Thank We All Our God”
Music: Johann Crüger
Lyrics: Martin Rinkhart; translated by Catherine Winkworth
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”
Music: George J. Elvey
Lyrics: Henry Alford
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

  1. On the CD Consider the Lilies.
  2. On the CD Teach Me To Walk In The Light.
  3. On the CD Love Is Spoken Here.

The Spoken Word

A Virtue for Every Season of Life

Isn’t it interesting that sometimes those who have the least are the most grateful, and yet there are others who seem to have everything—except gratitude? As religious leader Henry B. Eyring observed: “We so easily forget that we came into life with nothing. Whatever we get soon seems our natural right, not a gift. And we forget the giver. Then our gaze shifts from what we have been given to what we don’t have yet.”

Gratitude—for life, for blessings, for the Giver of this beautiful world and everything in it—is a timeless and timely virtue. People like to be around grateful people. They like to help grateful people. They don’t soon forget grateful people.

One woman fondly remembers an elderly friend named Dorothy, whom she visited to help her with some tasks that age had made difficult. After each little act of service, Dorothy would say, “Do you know how grateful I am?” During the visit, the power went out, and when Dorothy looked out the window and saw the workers restoring her power, she said, “I hope they know how grateful I am.” When it was time for Dorothy’s friend to leave, she whispered the prayer she learned from Dorothy: “Do you know how grateful I am?”

It’s worth pondering—do others know how grateful you are? Better yet, do you know? Many express their thanks in gratitude journals, counting their blessings as they respond to the prompt “How did God bless me today?”

“If you do that long enough and with faith,” Henry B. Eyring taught, “you will find yourself remembering blessings. And sometimes, you will have gifts brought to your mind which you failed to notice during the day, but which you will then know were a touch of God’s hand in your life.” And think of the joy your family will someday feel as they look at this record of thankfulness.

So many other virtues we seek flow from gratitude. Without gratitude, we become self-focused and insecure, wondering if someone somewhere has more or better. Gratitude, on the other hand, opens our hearts to God and to others. It blesses us in seasons of scarcity and seasons of plenty. Indeed, gratitude is a virtue for every season of life.

  1. Henry B. Eyring, “Remembrance and Gratitude,” Ensign, Nov. 1989, 12.
  2. See Sherri Heider Wright, “Do You Know How Grateful I Am?,” Liahona, Oct. 2021, 34–35.
  3. Henry B. Eyring, “Remembrance and Gratitude,” 13.