February’s Virtue of the Month: CHARITY
Even though Valentine’s Day just ended, that doesn’t mean the love it creates has to! There’s a special kind of love called charity that just so happens to be the virtue we’re focusing on this month from our Virtue for Virtuosos list. In the scriptures we learn that charity is “the pure love of Christ.” Moroni 7 also teaches us that charity “suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” Charity is the perfect love our Savior shows each of us and is the kind of love He hopes that we will learn to have and share with others as well.
So can we incorporate charity into piano lessons? Of course! Music is a great, fun, and effective way to communicate our emotions and feelings to those in the audience who are listening. When we are able to connect with people on a deep emotional level we are able to start developing the type of charity that helps us serve others. We truly believe that playing music creates opportunities for us to be an instrument in someone’s life to bring comfort, peace, help, and healing to those who are looking for it. It can also help us be sensitive and aware of the needs of others.
President Thomas S. Monson stated that, “Along your pathway of life you will observe that you are not the only traveler. There are others who need your help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save.”
Has music ever helped you feel charity for others or helped you in a time of need? If so we’d love to hear them!