I love music. I was introduced into the world of music at a young age. My parents love music. In fact, their first date was to the symphony! My sister and I began learning violin at a young age. It took a lot of hard work and practice. As I get older and practice smarter, my musical abilities increase. I have gained a love for performing.
I've played in small group settings, as well as large group settings. I've gone on music tours, including a tour to Italy along with several other violinists, to play in various Cathedrals. In all these different settings, the feeling is the same; excitement, nervousness, and thrill fill my body.
However, the feeling I have when I play in an LDS Chapel is different.
Whenever asked to play in Church or for a fireside, I feel the weight of a calling. I'm not just playing violin in a venue, I'm playing for my Father in Heaven. It is how I bear testimony of Him. It is how I communicate with Him.
When I play in a dedicated house of God, my heart swells with emotion.
Each violinist felt the Spirit as we played. Many in the congregation and on stage cried as we played. The melody sank into my heart, and gratitude for the Restoration of the Gospel overwhelmed me.