Song 005 – CTR-8 Testimonies

By December 15, 2017Songs

This song was used as the music for Psalm 044. The photo is of the Bromley family talking to Ted Elwell about Jackson Bromley’s baptism the day before. The older sister, Erica Bromley, bore her testimony about how her little brother, Jackson, will be protected after his baptism. I captured the following stanza, named Protected, from her comments on December 3, 2017 in the Hillcrest Ward Fast & Testimony Meeting:

  • We were protected
  • On a trip to Lake Powell
  • Just as the Holy Ghost
  • Will protect my little brother

The testimonies shared by the Hillcrest Ward Primary in Fast & Testimony Meeting are special. One of their motivations is the love of their former teacher, Ted Elwell. In Houston, we had a neighbor who was 7, and sometimes was out of control. I had worked with him quite a bit, and I was asked to substitute in his Primary Class to help keep him focused. I ended up teaching his class for the next 2 years, and then staying with the CTR-8 class for some time after that. I had started consolidating my songs in a new journal at the time this song was written, 26 March 2006, and gave each song a number based on when it was transferred to the journal. I like this song. The song is a nice summary of 9 of the kids who were in my Primary Class for a couple of years, as well as a nice summary of what a testimony of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about. I would bring my guitar to this class about once a month, and our class actually performed for Relief Society and some other church groups, where the kids sang a song I had written and I played the guitar and sang with them. Fun times and good memories. For me, the memories exist because the song captured the moments.

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