Thursday, August 1, 2013

Called To The Work

My last post was about talents and missionary work. I suppose it's time to put my money where my mouth is...

One typical, below zero, day in Logan I was waiting for the bus and to distract myself from the looming frostbite potential #vegasgirl, I called my mom. I told her of a cool piano arrangement of two Primary songs I had listened to on YouTube. At the end of the conversation we decided it would be a fun project to create and record a less traditional album of church songs. While, yes it was fun, it was also a TON OF WORK. I had no idea what I was in for. I wanted to use the album as a missionary tool, but the project lacked motivation. I picked out some songs I thought I'd try and laid them aside.

When I made the decision to go on a mission, I made it a goal to pay for at least half of my full-time mission on my own. Then, I had some sort of epiphany; I had found my motivation. I wanted to show people what I was going to be doing on this mission, what I'd be testifying of, and hopefully interest people in the gospel. I decided I would sell the album to accomplish both of my goals #twobirdsonestone.

In addition to working on the album, I have held 3 back to back jobs. Yeah, I'm really not letting this goal go haha #stubborn. I have spent many, many, hours in the studio, often second guessing the investment, and even more often trying to throw it all away. Having completed the album, I feel so accomplished! It is not perfect by any means, but I have worked hard and seen the results of my labors! 

I couldn't have done any of it without the full support of my parents, one of my best friends, duet partner, guitarist, extraordinaire Erik Dalton, my pianist Taylor Griffin, Tim Moes at WhySound Recording, and Carly Campbell Photography.

The bottom line: I am selling an album of favorite hymns and Primary songs to share my testimony of Christ and to help finance my full-time LDS mission. I would love for you to have a copy, to share it with your family, your friends, your neighbors, and anyone who would love to hear a message of Christ and missionary work. Thank you! (: 

To Purchase: Visit the "Music" tab above.

I chose to title the album "Called To The Work" as quoted from D&C 4:3.

"Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;"

This scripture is significant to me because as I've said before, I didn't think I wanted to serve a mission. I received a prompting that I couldn't refuse and I have a desire to serve God. I have been called to the work and I can't wait to start!

This is the artwork from the inside of the CD case. I chose to include a quote from President Eyring:

"Whatever our age, capacity, church calling, or location, we are as one called to the work to help Him in His harvest of souls until he comes again."

This quote is significant to me because I truly believe that every member can be a missionary in his or her own capacity. I hope that this album can be used as a tool to share the gospel. Members, young and old, leaders, and full-time missionaries, we are as one
 called to the work.

1 comment :

  1. We just got your CD in the mail yesterday--it is beautiful! I love that we can play the digital version on our computer at home, and play the CD in the car. We have 3 young children--5, 3, and 8 months--so it is such a blessing to have beautiful, uplifting music to play when we're driving. Thank you for sharing your talents with us and for allowing us to participate in helping you finance your mission (I joined the church in graduate school, thanks to the efforts of many wonderful missionaries, but didn't have the opportunity to serve a mission myself--I'm excited for you!)