Music and the Spoken Word

Those Three Words - Sunday, February 15, 2015

If you knew that this was your last day on earth—that tomorrow your life would end—what would you do today? Most people would probably not try to squeeze in one more day at the office or one last television program. More than likely, you would spend most of the day trying to reach the people who are dear to you, simply to say, one last time, “I love you.”

Those three words—I love you—are perhaps the most important words in our language. Of course, they mean something only if they are backed up by authenticity and actions. But the words themselves are important too. So many people go through the day or week or even the year and rarely hear those three simple words. We all need to know that we are loved, that we matter to someone, that we have a place in another’s heart. This is what gives us confidence to face the cold world; it is what makes us feel alive.

How many relationships could begin to heal with a sincere expression of love? How many broken hearts could start to mend? How many marriages or families could be strengthened by the intentional choice to say—both in deeds and in words—“I love you”?

Perhaps we think our loved ones surely must know how we feel about them. But they need to hear it. Flowery, poetic, or lengthy language is not necessary. Those three simple words are usually just enough.

Their power lies in their straightforward purity. “I love you” includes no caveats, no conditions, no limitations. It gives no explanation or justification. It simply declares to one heart what another heart feels.

When the end of our life does come, we may feel some regret about the things we didn’t accomplish or the goals we didn’t achieve, but we will never regret our expressions of genuine love. So why wait for our final day? Tell someone, “I love you” today.

-Lloyd D. Newell

Feb. 15, 2015, Broadcast Number 4,457

Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Orchestra at Temple Square

Mack Wilberg

Richard Elliott

Lloyd Newell

Hymn of Praise
Mack Wilberg

Requiem aeternam, from Requiem
Mack Wilberg

The Good Shepherd
Dale Wood

It's a Grand Night for Singing, from State Fair
Richard Rodgers; arr. Arthur Harris

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Rowland Hugh Prichard; arr. Mack Wilberg