Sunday, May 20, 2012

I don't write songs.

The Institute Women's Association, IWA, was something that I loved more than almost anything. (Yes, more than Hobby Lobby AND Justin Beiber.) IWA wasn't merely an "association", it was a life training program. For three and a half years I was so blessed to be a part of the program and serve in the program. Honestly, it changed my life.

IWA started out as a sorority (Lambda Delta Sigma) through the LDS institute program. As a little girl, I remember my Aunt Kristee talking about her amazing experiences and wonderful friends from "Lambda Delts". My mom would also tell me about how much Kristee had loved being in the sorority. When I got to college, I didn't really think about it. Snow College didn't have any sororities or IWA. But, when I got to Utah State, my Aunt Sharon was over one of the IWA chapters and she basically gave me no choice but to join. And I will be forever grateful for that.

The women I met, the activities I attended and helped plan, the sisterhood that was created, the service that we gave, all of it changed me. The IWA program has been discontinued now, but the purpose of it lives on.

When I was told that the program was being discontinued, my heart broke. Deep down, however, I knew that it was a decision from the Lord, and I trusted it. The thing that broke my heart the most was wondering what would happen to our pledge, the theme we recited every week. Would it just fade away and be forgotten about?

One night last summer, I was going to bed far too late considering the time I had to be up the next morning. I climbed into bed and thought about the IWA theme and how I was going to miss saying it every week and how  sad it would be for it to just disappear. I thought to myself, "You know, someone should turn it into a song! People do it with poems all the time, it would totally work. Someone should do it!"

Then, I heard a little voice say to me, "You're someone."

I laughed. Honestly, I think I laughed right out loud. "I don't write songs," I said back. Almost instantly the voice said "Oh, yes you do. You write lyrics all the time, you just don't ever show them to anyone." I argued back and forth with this voice for a while, claiming that those were never intended to be shared, they were my little secret, never written for a purpose.

To which the voice said, "But this one's meant to be shared..."

And that, my friends, is how I ended up writing a song.

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