There's No Place like Home - Sunday, August 12, 2018
In the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, the young girl Dorothy dreams she is carried away from her home by a terrifying tornado. She finds herself in a strange land with unfamiliar people and unexpected challenges. Frightened at first, Dorothy learns to adapt to her new environment and to love the companions who walk with her on the yellow brick road, helping her find her way back home. In the end, after a tearful goodbye to her new friends, Dorothy clicks the heels of her ruby red slippers and says three times, “There’s no place like home.” Then Dorothy awakens well and safe in her own bed.
But she has changed. After her vivid adventure, Dorothy would surely never see her home—or herself—the same way again.
We gain something valuable when we experience the sights, sounds, tastes, and personalities to be found in places and cultures different from our own. Whether it be to a foreign land, a distant part of our own country, or even a nearby city or town unlike the one we are used to, travel can open our eyes and broaden our horizons. No matter where we go, such experiences with a different way of life help us develop an understanding and appreciation for the good people who call that place home. When we come to know the hearts and lives of others, our own hearts are more accepting, and our own lives are better. Our love for others increases, and our view of the world is greatly enlarged.
It will take more than a click of the heels, but when it’s time to return home, we’ll find that our familiar surroundings look different somehow. We will see them with fresh eyes, with greater appreciation for what we like about home and some ideas about how to make it even better. We will bring with us treasured memories and a new realization that even though we all live in unique circumstances and see things in our own way, we are far more similar than different from one another. As Dorothy learned, there certainly is no place like home—and that’s true of every home, wherever it may be around the world.
Don H. Staheli
August 12, 2018
Broadcast Number 4,639
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Orchestra at Temple Square
“Give,” Said the Little Stream
William B. Bradbury; arr. Ryan Murphy
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Improvisation on “How Firm a Foundation”
J. Ellis; setting by Richard Elliott
Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, from Oklahoma!
Richard Rodgers; arr. Arthur Harris
Marta Keen Thompson; arr. Mack Wilberg
And Then Shall Your Light Break Forth, from Elijah