Because “If I Listen With My Heart” is being used in the Primary Program this year, I’ve had a lot of requests for the story behind the song. I’ll try to word it simply so you can use it in your Primaries if you wish.
One Sunday when my daughter, Amy, was a little girl, we were both sick. We had to miss church, and we were both asleep in bed. After church, Amy’s dad woke both of us to say that our home teacher had come to help give us a blessing. I wasn’t happy to have to wake up, and I was less happy to have to climb out of bed, but I grumped out into the living room. We had our blessings, and I grumped back to bed.
Later that week, Amy said to me, “Mom, you know when dad gave us a blessing when we were sick?
I did remember.
“Well,” she continued, “When dad put his hands on my head I felt soooooo good inside!”
Amy had listened with her heart, and I had not. So she heard the Savior’s voice comforting her, and I missed it. That’s why I wrote this song for her–because she had taught me a wonderful lesson about listening to the Holy Ghost.
Many of you have asked for an even simpler accompaniment for this song than the one included in the booklet, so here’s an easier version still: If I Listen With My Heart – (Children’s Voices Very Easy)