Saturday, July 2, 2011

We're all in this together!

Music &  Dancing
“Praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing”

Pre-mission life don't you worry :)
"Music is an important and powerful part of life."

I love MUSIC. Music can cause us to have many different emotions. The FOR THE STRENGTH OF THE YOUTH pamphlet tells us that we need to... "Choose carefully the music we listen to. Pay attention to how you feel when you are listening. Don’t listen to music that drives away the Spirit, encourages immorality, glorifies violence, uses foul or offensive language, or promotes Satanism or other evil practices." Now this does not mean plug your ears to any sound, it only means that we need to be CAUTIOUS of what we listen to. Now I am going to be straightforward, there is a bunch of music out in this world that falls under almost every category that the first presidency has asked us to avoid. We all know bad music leads to bad things, I do not need to drill that in. I want to tell you how GOOD music blessed lives so much that it changed their souls to the very core. 

Last week we had a huge SURPRISE, it was defiantly like getting a toy in a happy meal. We found out that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was coming to sing at the Joseph Smith Farm. The place that Joseph Smith had his first vision of God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. It was only going to be two songs, but we had over 1,500 people come to see them with only days notice. It was the perfect missionary opportunity. Many missionaries were able to get people they were teaching to the historical sites for the first time. On another Sister Missionary blog, Sister Barrus, she talked about the choir coming to the farm. In the comments section on her blog, a member of the choir said that the bus driver and her sister had heard them sing Joesph's First prayer. After the choir director asked them how they felt about it, and they replied with a invite to have the whole choir sing at their baptism, they had decided on their own to be baptized.  It all happened because of the spirit of the music. Music can do good, and make you feel the spirit.

                                                                                     Dancing :]
"Dancing can be fun and can provide an opportunity to meet new people. However, it too can be misused. When dancing, avoid full body contact with your partner. Do not use positions or moves that are suggestive of sexual behavior. Plan and attend dances where dress, grooming, lighting, lyrics, and music contribute to a wholesome atmosphere where the Spirit of the Lord may be present."
When it comes down to it, music and dancing is hands down the best. I love both to the max, and have learned sometimes we must set limits so that we can receive blessings. The more we break these rules the closer we get to the dark side as Darth Vader would say. I trust you and I know God trusts you. These are just guidelines, it is up to you to receive the blessings or not.....

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