Finding Hope Through Millennial Choirs’ Be Still My Soul

I professional does not cry when they sing. Last night, during the dress rehearsal for Millennial Choir’s Be Still My Soul, I broke that rule… a lot.

The next big concert by the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras is entitled, Be Still My Soul. My sons and I are in the choir and we have been practicing for weeks. Last night was our last rehearsal and I noticed that one of the directors, Brandon Stewart, and many others were wearing a shirt that said Hope. I asked my friend Damon what it was all about.

Be Still My Soul - Brandon Stewart

Last month a member of our children’s choir was diagnosed with a couple brain tumors. I remember Brandon telling us how impressed he was with the faith of 10-year-old Anna Ortega. Days after her diagnosis that one tumor could be removed, yet the other inoperable, she was there at rehearsal singing with my sons. She wanted to be with nearly 1,000 other youth singing about her Savior.

She wanted to be there last night to sing in the choir and perform this weekend, but her illness prevented it. My heart broke for her. It is one thing to miss a concert you had been preparing for, but quite another to miss it because you have a life-threatening condition. As we sang Be Still My Soul the words had so much more meaning.

Be still, my soul: The hour is hast’ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,

Then as I sang the rest of the verse, they touched my heart, and the tears began to stream.

When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: When change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

It was a beautiful moment that I am incapable of stringing together words that could do it justice.

While the Atonement of Jesus Christ brings us comfort when we face losing a loved one, we can still have hope for “purest joys” in this life. Anna’s family is committed to finding an innovative way to treat their daughter. They are nearly halfway to their goal of the needed $200k for the procedure.

If you would like to help this sweet girl, there is a GoFundMe set up for her family. There is Hope for Anna, but she needs your help.