Will You Be M Angel
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Will You Be My Angel?
Will You Be My Angel?
In the fall of 2008, our ward Relief Society President felt she should ask me to write a song based on Elder Holland’s talk, “The Ministry of Angels”, but she dismissed it for a couple of weeks feeling I was just too busy with everything in life. When she attended our Young Women in Excellence program in November and heard the songs I had written for that program, she again felt the prompting to ask me. After the program ended she came up to me and explained that she wanted me to write a song based on that talk and the scripture in D&C 84:88. She also wanted us to be able to perform the song the first week in January when they introduced their new focus. I responded by telling her I would try. Songwriting for me has always been an interesting process. Sometimes songs seem to just come to me, and other times they don’t. Some have never been finished because the ideas just don’t arrive. So I told her, “Yes, but pray for me because I don’t always know if I will be able to do it, especially given this short amount of time.”
That night began an incredibly spiritual experience for me. Even though it was late I began reading Elder Holland’s talk, thinking it might just plant some seeds of ideas in my head to ponder over the next while. I also read the scripture in the Doctrine & Covenants. I began to jot down a few ideas when suddenly my thoughts were turned in a completely different direction. I began to picture a woman kneeling, praying desperately to her Father in Heaven for help. She had done everything she possibly could and could not do anymore. I could see the tears flowing down her face as she pleaded for the Father to send her an angel. Then I saw the Father listening to the cry of His daughter with such compassion and love. However, instead of replying directly to her, I pictured Him gently talking to another daughter and asking her to go visit the sister in need and bring her comfort. I could picture the Father asking His daughter “I need an angel…Will you be my angel?” This good sister responded to the Father with words of commitment and love. She promised she would listen to His promptings and do all she could to help her sister. The Father reminded his daughter that He would “go before your face” and “be at your side.” He promised to send his “angels ‘round you to make your burdens light” because of His love for His children. The picture concluded with all three of the voices singing in harmony, illustrating how closely the three must work together for the benefit of all.
As I saw this picture I began to write words down feverishly. I could hear the melody floating around in my head, but since it was so late and I was growing fatigued, I did not feel I could go down and work out writing down the music. Instead, I asked Heavenly Father to help me remember the melody in the morning. (Often if I don’t write the music down, I forget it later.) The next morning, I awoke early with the music from the previously night still playing in my mind. I went down to the piano and began writing it down. By the time my children woke up for school, I had most of it down on paper. Over the next few days I was able to come up with the accompaniment, and it was soon finished.
I have only experienced writing a song in such a short time one other instance in my life. Usually they develop over days, weeks, even months. Not this one. Most of it came in one night, with refining ideas coming over the next days and weeks. To me it felt like “pure intelligence” and ideas flowing into my mind, and my only concern was that I was such a weak vessel to receive such ideas. I do not have a degree in music, and I am only an amateur song-writer. But that did not seem to matter to the Lord. As my 14 year old son reminded me “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass”.
So, “Will You Be My Angel?” was composed and rehearsed. We performed it for the Relief Society. On a whim, I decided to submit it to the Sugardoodle web site and link it to my own site. Since then I have had numerous people contact me about singing it. I am extremely grateful, that Heavenly Father allowed me to be a part of this wonderful experience and to share this song with others. I have been the woman on the bedroom floor with tears flowing, wondering if I can give any more, and I have also had the opportunity to serve as the other woman did. What an edifying experience it can be for all involved. I hope and pray that you to will feel our Heavenly Father’s love for each of us as you listen to the music.