I Know He Lives!

Yesterday I got to sub for our chorister Joan [who is wonderful, by the way] and realized once again, that music + children + the gospel = wonderful. The new song we are learning [which pretty much presents the theme for the year] absolutely brings an outpouring of the spirit and I know all the children could feel it.

It starts with the story of the Savior with the children [as found in 3 Nephi 17, which is one of the most tender and sweet stories in the Book of Mormon, I think], telling about how the children there were able to sit on His knee and see the tears on His face. But the thing I like best is that after telling this wonderful story, it goes on to apply those teachings to our children, here and now.

The chorus is pure and simple testimony, being borne through song by the purest and sweetest singers of all: the children. There hasn't been a time that I could get through that part of the song without tears of my own -- but yesterday, I managed to do it as I directed the children as they sang it. Their voices just soared over the chorus: "I know He lives! I will follow faithfully. My heart I give to Him -- I know that my Savior loves me!"

It doesn't get better than that and I was so thankful for the opportunity to not only be there with the children yesterday, but to take part as they sang their testimonies. What a precious gift -- and once again, I am so grateful for the blessing of the Primary in my life.


Jill said...

I love Primary! I've been in YW for the past three years and I like it in there, but there is definitely something special about Primary.

Grandma and Grandpa said...

Jan, music, scriptures= a great teaching moment. Sorry I missed it. That is my favorite book of scripture. The spirit is there, ready to testify that He lives and loves us all. I will look forward to the Primary program this year!

Jennifer said...

I haven't heard this song, But I look forward to the Primary Program this year to be able to hear it. 3 Nephi 17 is one of my favorites.

Carrie Page said...

I can never make it through that song w/o crying. You're awesome Miss Jan! Those are some lucky kids!

100 Percent Cottam said...

mason was singing the song to me yesterday! he's learning it! hooray primary!

Cammie said...

It's a great song. I love to hear the little voices. I thought that song was pretty great, then I heard the second verse, and I couldn't hold the tears in. So true and so touching.

p.s I will take this song over the "I am a builder song...." any day!

Emily said...

Sis Mason,
How I miss you! It is fun to know a little about your life through your blog. I love primary too and I miss hearing the children sing each week. Thank you for your sweet comments.

Kristie said...

I have always thought primary chorister would be the best calling. There's nothing quite as sweet as little voices singing about Christ.