Love at Home #294

Mother’s Day is fast approaching.  The hymn LOVE AT HOME is always appropriate on this sacred occasion when we celebrate our mothers.  I call it a sacred occasion because I am remembering a conversation I had with my daughter this week.  She is about 38 weeks pregnant and taught her last day of school for a while last Tuesday.  She mentioned that it really was time she stopped working.  She said that a couple of the other teachers had called her a “goddess.”  I asked what they meant by that term and she said that people like to call pregnant women “goddesses.”  As I thought about it, I decided that was a good term for a very pregnant woman.  Pregnancy, such a close partnership with God, is a sacred state.  President Thomas S. Monson seems to agree with me on that point – see quote #20 below.

Twenty Favourite Quotes About Mothers

  1.  Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever (Unknown).
  2. A Mother’s greatest masterpiece is her children (Unknown).
  3. A Mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take (Cardinal Mermillod).
  4. And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living (Genesis 3: 20).
  5. Being a mother means that your heart is no longer yours; it wanders wherever your children do (Unknown).
  6. Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed (Linda Wooten).
  7. Mother: One person who does the work of twenty – for free (Unknown).
  8. The only thing better than having you for a Mom is my children having you for a Grandma (Unknown).
  9. Be kind to the women. They constitute half the population and are mothers to the other half (Gordon B. Hinckley).
  10. God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers (Jewish Proverb).
  11. MOM turned upside down spells WOW! (Unknown).
  12. Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world (in whom there is often such an inner sense of spirituality) will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world (Spencer W. Kimball).
  13. All that I am or ever hope to be I owe to my angel mother (Abraham Lincoln).
  14. Mothers are like buttons; they hold everything together (Unknown).
  15. My children are now all grown. Some are in their 60s. But when they call and I answer the phone, they say, “How are you?” And before I can answer, they ask, “Is Mother there?”  (Gordon B. Hinckley).
  16. Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; … yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it. (Alma 56:45–48).
  17.  I never knew how much love my heart could hold until someone called me Mommy (Unknown).
  18. In the end, I am the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life (Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard).
  19. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home (John 19:26–27).
  20. May each of us treasure this truth; one cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God. Why? Because these two sacred persons, God and mother, partners in creation, in love, in sacrifice, in service, are as one (Thomas S. Monson).

Congregation Choir Arrangements

Our Congregation Choir arrangements add a beautiful, alternate accompaniment to the original SATB found in the hymnbook.  This alternate accompaniment could be used  with the SATB as a piano/organ duet accompaniment for the entire congregation or for  a large choir.  It could also be used alone as a more embellished accompaniment for a solo singer or group, or just to enjoy as a piano solo.

Listen to our arrangements below.  You will first hear just the organ doing the introduction.  The piano joins in on the first verse and then the countermelody (vocal in one; violin in the other) joins in for the second demonstration verse.

PURCHASE the arrangement with vocal countermelody here.  LISTEN to it below.

PURCHASE the arrangement with instrumental countermelody here.  LISTEN to it below.

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