Since I was a teen, just starting to write music, it has been my greatest desire to share my testimony of Jesus Christ. He makes all the difference in my life. I can’t imagine going through this life without knowing His gospel and how He can heal, bless and strengthen me during challenges. This knowledge brings peace. How do I know? Well, I have tested it. I have prayed to have His spirit comfort me when I’m sad, to guide me when I’m confused or lost, and to lead me when I need a pure example to follow. And when I seek Him, He is always there. There is nothing on earth that has come to my aid in the same way and brought the same kind of hope, comfort and peace.
I have had some incredible writing experiences over the past 20 years. These are treasures to me. People often ask where I get my inspiration. I honestly don’t know sometimes. I am not entirely sure why these songs come to me. I am usually completely caught of guard when a song comes. It’s not something I always seek. Yet, the songs continue to come in quiet, unexpected moments. Sometimes they fill a need for a specific purpose, however, I have found more often than not that these songs have come when they were needed. They are a gift that I feel responsible to share. I feel that it has been a test for me of obedience, and through this, the language of the spirit has become easier to hear and understand – something I am still learning. For this, I am grateful. Maybe that’s how gift given are. Every now and then I receive a beautiful letter from someone who says that my music has blessed them or that I wrote that song just for them. I always say thank you, but really, I want to tell them the thousands of times it has blessed, for through sharing our testimony – in whatever ways we do – I have learned that we are blessed first.
The twelve songs from Thy Healing Hands were written with the goal in mind of sharing my testimony that I know it is the Savior who can heal us. The scripture theme for that album is in 2 Kings, “Thus saith the Lord….I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee”. Though we experience trials and challenges in diverse ways, the Savior is the One who can strengthen, comfort, heal and bless in ways that are eternal and long-lasting. Sometimes He does this through other individuals, but more often than not, I have found this healing come in very personal and private ways, unconnected with anyone or anything else. Healing is an interesting concept. We have to first believe that we can be healed, then comes faith.
We must simultaneously work WITH the Master Healer. Healing is found through faith – and faith is a verb. Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and aopen the door, I will bcome in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” We have to invite Him in. We do this through keeping commandments, covenants, and by learning of Him and then following His example in service and love.