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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Warrior Primary Chorister

 Lady Gaga was on GMA this morning. After watching her I realized the importance of my calling as Primary Chorister. 
I barely know who Lady Gaga is. In her interview this morning on GMA, it was mentioned that she raises and donates a gazillion dollars to AIDS awareness and other charities. Wonderful. 

I admit that it was difficult for my eyes to look at her, and I wondered what was really on the inside. And my heart softened because she is also a daughter of God, like me. 

Robin Roberts said, "People really listen to you." That comment rung in my ears, because I believe it is so true! Nine year old girls, eleven year old boys, our sons and daughters, listen to her sing:

Give yourself prudence
And love your friends
Subway kid, rejoice your truth
In the religion of the insecure
I must be myself, respect my youth
A different lover is not a sin
Believe capital H-I-M (hey hey hey)
I love my life I love this record and
Mi amore vole fe yah (love needs faith)

Don't be a drag, just be a queen
Whether you're broke or evergreen
You're black, white, beige, chola descent
You're lebanese, you're orient
Whether life's disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
'Cause baby you were born this way
No matter gay, straight, or bi,
Lesbian, transgendered life
I'm on the right track baby
I was born to survive
No matter black, white or beige
Chola or orient made
I'm on the right track baby
I was born to be brave

(From her new hit single, Born This Way.)

*deeep breath*

Music has a way of moving a soul, changing a heart, or teaching a principle. It can be used for good or evil. It is a powerful, powerful tool.
 
Every Sunday in my calling as Primary Chorister I have the priviledge to be a valiant fighter in that war that began in Heaven. I hope that through my love and my testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that the children will listen to me, too, when I teach them:
  • I Am a Child of God
  • The Family is of God
  • I Lived in Heaven
  • My Heavenly Father Loves Me 
  • If I Listen With My Heart 
  • I will Follow God's Plan
  • Families Can be Together Forever
What is your favorite Primary song that teaches about the sanctity of life?
 

The Family:A Proclamation to the World

We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.
In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.
The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.
Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.
We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.
This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah.












9 comments :

  1. Beatiful post. I, too, watched that interview in awe of this woman who is expotentially talented, yet has missed the mark so drastically. (And what the heck was on her face?!) Primary is, in my opinion, the most important calling in the church.

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  2. Oh I agree that Primary is the most important calling in the church. I didn't realize this until I was called to be the 1st counselor and the chorister!! I love those kids and they do look to the leaders who teach them what they should know. Thanks for the beautiful post!

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  3. Amen! Amen amen amen! I feel so strongly that teaching the children GOOD music, that will bless them in their lives when they need comfort, direction, peace, strength--- it is so critical, and like you said, so Powerful.

    What a blessing to have such an awesome calling! (and to love it and understand how important it is.)

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  4. Thank you so much for this post! We have to fill their little hearts and minds with this good music that teaches true principles to combat all the other junk they will hear.

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  5. AMEN SISTER!!!! We love you and all the wonderful people who help teach our kids the Gospel.

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  6. Life's sweetest lessons begin with Primary music. Do you remember a lesson from Primary when you were a wee little one? No! But do you remember the songs you learned and even the choirister? Yes! Mine just passed away this summer and I cried, I remembered her smile, her voice and the songs she taught me, I still use some of her ideas with my music, thanks for the inspiriational post!

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  7. I am crying reading this post. Music is SO important to my life and saved me from falling away from this church in my youth. I clung to the only thing i knew. MUSIC. I cry every sunday as i watch these young valiant children of God, sing thier little hearts out for ME! I <3 primary and this post has light another fire under me to <3 it even more for the CHILDREN. thank you so much for this. i truely appreciate it!

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  8. I just got called as primary chorister a month ago. Music is so important. I love that the church knows of its importance and wants even the youngest members to sing praises to their Savior. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  9. Thanks for your support everyone. Keep on doing good in the world!

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