years back I wrote a musical program with my writing and producing
buddy, Randy Kartchner. It was called “My Beloved Christ,”
and one of the featured songs was entitled, “Because He Loves
spent a great deal of time thinking over those four words —
because He loves me. And each year, as I think back on the events and
learning curves of the past twelve months, I circle back around to
the amazing love that my Savior has for me. It fills me with a
certain kind of bright hope that brings a smile to my soul.
He is the
perfect model of kindness, selflessness, and giving. It boggles my
mind. President Thomas S. Monson once said, “Our
opportunities to give of ourselves are indeed limitless, but they are
also perishable. There are hearts to gladden. There are kind words to
say. There are gifts to be given. There are deeds to be done. There
are souls to be saved.”
someone feels a little drop of kindness from us, it’s as though
they feel a bit more love from the One who teaches us how to love and
live. They may be uncertain in their testimony — or even
of the reality that God and Christ live — but they undeniably
feel goodness from us.
is offered freely, and a hand of service is offered in genuine love,
both the giver and receiver experience that growing of the heart,
reminds me of the Grinch from the appropriately-named movie, The
Grinch. I smile, seeing the movie’s scene in my mind
— that big smile covering his face, when he had experienced,
first hand, a true caring and concern for someone else.
the Lord loves, me I have the chance to come to know myself. It takes
excavating and discovering as I toss out and re-arrange thoughts and
feelings and bits of this and that. The reward is a renewed
closeness to Father in Heaven, and the Son who gave His all for me.
I wonder at my silliness in not continually — without
reserve — jumping in to throw out the old and replace it with
something of more worth, of greater faith and devotion. But then,
they know my weaknesses. They allow for them. And as I continue
growing and getting it, more of that sweet goodness quietly fills the
holes in my character like molasses settling in to grant me a bit
more sweetness where there may have been bitterness, gall, or bother.
loves me, I have hope. I can smile. I feel as though I can get
through my struggles and trials. It seems evident that these
stretching times offer me a chance to know more truth and goodness,
applying the principles so that they make a better me.
invitation was to come and do as He did. Not do as He said.
Amazingly, I see at this later time in my earth journey that I am a
better student than I was as a younger person.
the life battles I’ve been helped through. Maybe it’s
because I have more sense and a better sense of reality. Maybe it’s
all about letting go of my pride and taking the hand that is extended
— in love and caring — always.
has a lot of “me” and “I” in it. Only because
it’s about some personal thoughts and feelings regarding the
Savior’s love in the most personal way for my heart and mind.
As a mom, my hope has been to show my own children how to make it as
personal as possible.
beautiful thing is that there is no time line. I don’t know the
Master Plan, but I trust it. I don’t understand how the Savior
was able to do what He did for us. But somehow, He followed through
and set in place the Atonement. I don’t know how we get through
some of the harsh times in this mortal schooling, but we do it with
heavenly help. Because He loves us. And that’s good.
Vickey Pahnke Taylor is a wife, mom, grandmother, teacher, author, and songwriter. Her
undergraduate study at BYU was musical theater. She has a Masters degree in interpersonal
A Billboard award-winning songwriter with hundreds of songs to her credit, she uses music as a
teaching tool. But her favorite way to use music has been to sing to her children. You should
hear the family's rousing versions of "Happy Birthday"!
In addition to three solo albums in the LDS market, she co-wrote "Women at the Well" with
Kenneth Cope and "My Beloved Christ: with Randy Kartchner. She is co-writer of the theme
song for Utah's Make-A-Wish foundation, the song for the Special Olympics program, and
EFY's theme song.
She writes for several online magazines and columns, and has authored several books. Her
website, www.goodnessmatters.com, is her way of continuing to grow goodness in the world,
pointing people gently toward Christ and eternal principles of truth.
She has spoken for the Church's various Youth and Family programs for 25 years. She and her
husband Dean have eight children and four grandchildren. She adores being a wife, mom and
grandmother. She loves flowers, brownies, cooking Italian and Southern foods, the ocean, and
laughing every chance she gets.
Vickey was baptized a member of the Church as a teenager in Virginia. She serves as gospel
doctrine teacher in her ward, and Dean serves on their stake high council.