Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Of More Value

In less than a week, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will embark on an East Coast Tour performing in Virginia, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, New York, and up into Toronto Canada.  Seven performances in just eight days.

A story was shared at our pre-tour meeting on Sunday:

Widowed Anna and her two boys lived in Trondheim, Norway. She maintained her independence by living in a rented apartment, where she eked out a living as a seamstress. 
One day when her son, John’s, repaired shoes were delivered from the shoemaker, Anna found a Latter-day Saint missionary tract tucked inside each shoe. The tracts sparked her curiosity, and when another pair of shoes needed repairing, she took them to the shoemaker herself to find out the meaning of the tracts. After finishing her business with the shoemaker’s wife, Anna was told that the shoemaker would explain what the tracts meant.
“You may be surprised to hear me say that I can give you something of more value than soles for your child’s shoes,” the shoemaker boldly declared to Anna.
She was perplexed and told the man that he spoke in riddles. But he pleaded with her to listen and said that he could teach her about the Lord’s true plan of salvation for His children.
Anna couldn’t forget her conversation with the humble, courageous shoemaker. And as other tracts came from the shoemaker, she struggled mightily... But after attending meetings with the missionaries and other Saints over the next two years, she accepted the gospel and was baptized.
We have something of far more value than the songs we sing. We have more than just the opportunity to perform beautiful music, we can help those who listen feel the Spirit of the Lord and thus the Spirit of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. People will be watching us to see what the Church is all about. We can calm fears, cheer hearts, and prepare people to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
It is an amazing opportunity!

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