clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

SOOTHING MUSIC OF ORGAN SOFTENS A VISITOR'S HEART

"Two ladies entered the chapel in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. One was in a wheelchair and it was obvious she had suffered a stroke, which had affected her ability to speak. The ladies were sisters, and the younger of the two (I'll call her Mary) had come back to Salt Lake City to care for her sister.

"Granddaughters of early Church leaders, both were alienated from the Church years ago and moved to California. Before leaving Utah, their mother told them one day their hearts would be softened, and they would return to their roots and appreciate the great legacy that was theirs."In time, the older woman did, indeed, move back to Utah and returned to Church activity. In fact, before the stroke, the sister had been a ward chorister.

"As I spoke with Mary, she told me how she loved her sister and was sad she had returned to Utah and become reactivated in the Mormon Church.

"As Mary and I were talking, Sister Eva Moody came to the chapel to practice some hymns on the organ. It was a special spiritual experience to watch the face of the beautiful sister in the wheelchair as she tried to hum the words of `How Gentle God's Command.' Soon, she was actually saying some of the words. It was so touching.

"I walked to the stand and told Sister Moody what was happening because of her music. She said she could play any hymn they wanted and would stay another half hour. As she played `The Lord Is My Shepherd,' a sweet, confident voice sang clearly every word of the song. Then she quietly said, `Thank you,' for the first time since her stroke.

"As Mary sat watching, tears rolling down her face, I reached for her hand and said, `I see a heart that is softening, don't I?'

"She responded, `I know.'

"Sister Moody walked down from the stand, and we all hugged each other with tears in our eyes."