Songs that Helped Me
Some of my favorite songs and Hymns with their messages to me:

I am not a musical person; in fact I am musically challenged. I cannot hold rhythm without someone to follow when I
sing. However, music has played a significant role in my healing from abuse. Every song written carries a message for
the listener. I spent many an hour singing along with specific songs that gave me a message of hope for my future or
gave me power to move forward instead of cower in fear. Below are a few of the songs whose message became
important to me during my healing.

My Favorite Songs

I Made it Through the Rain
Lyrics: Drey Shepperd, Bruce Sussman, Jack Feldman, Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow, Greatest Hits Vol III, 1989, Arista Records, Inc.
This song gave me hope that I to could make it through my trials or ‘the rain’ and that all would be well in the end,
providing I was able to keep my faith strong.

One Voice
Lyrics: Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow, Greatest Hits Vol III, 1989, Arista Records, Inc.
When facing my trials I found that it was easier to accomplish when I did not walk alone. Those walking the path
ahead of me shared their faith and strength with me, I in turn shared with those who were on the path behind me.

I Write the Songs
Lyrics: Bruce Johnston
Barry Manilow, Greatest Hits Vol II, 1989, Arista Records, Inc.
I listened to this song as if it were the Lord speaking to me. I also looked at this song as my own potential – not in
writing music but in how well I can succeed in accomplishing the Lord’s desire for me in this life.

I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)
Lyrics: David Zippel
Hercules, 1997 Wonderland Music Company, Inc. (BMI)/ Walt Disney Music Company (ASCAP).
I identified with these lyrics completely when it came to the phrase “I love you.” I have been hurt too many times to let
my heart feel or to admit to having feelings of love.

Go the Distance
Lyrics: David Zippel
Hercules, 1997 Wonderland Music Company, Inc. (BMI)/ Walt Disney Music Company (ASCAP).
The first time I heard this song I did not do more than think it was a good song with a good message. However, when I
was doing the therapy sessions and having so much emotional pain associated with it, I realized that this song was a
bit of a pep song. It helped me to believe that I too could go the distance instead of giving up. That I could find my
hero’s welcome in my Savior’s love and approval when I returned to live with him.

My Ways are Not Thy Ways
Lyrics: Jack R. Kapp
There Will Be Light, Janice Kapp Perry, 1989, Prime Recordings www.janicekappperry.com
The first time I heard this song was shortly after Joseph died. The message was one of peace in a time when I was
troubled and wondering why Joseph was born with a lethal genetic defect. The message was the same as I went
through the therapy for the abuse and deaths of my family members. I understood that all was well because my Savior
was handling things in His own time which was the best way for me, even though I could not see the entire path or the
outcome. I knew that my trust in the Savior was safe, not misplaced.

The Test
Lyrics: Janice Kapp Perry
Best of Janice Kapp Perry, 1993, Prime Recordings  www.janicekappperry.com
After all that I have experienced in my life, I could not doubt that this life was a test of my faith in the Lord, a test of
whether or not I would remain true, despite faltering, or if I would turn away from the Lord. I did not want to fail the
test, even though I did not know the way would be sure.

No Ordinary Man
Lyrics: Janice Kapp Perry
Best of Janice Kapp Perry, 1993, Prime Recordings  www.janicekappperry.com
A true testimony of the divinity of the Savior. A reminder for me that my faith and trust was in the Savior, who was
unlike any mortal man. His offer to heal my troubled heart of the pain it held was what I needed.

I Walk by Faith
Lyrics: Janice Kapp Perry
Best of Janice Kapp Perry, 1993, Prime Recordings  www.janicekappperry.com
Listening to this song reminded me that I was also walking by faith, and that my faith was of great value in the eternal
perspective of things. While in therapy my faith grew because I put the Lord to the test and found that His promises
were sure. I began to understand that all the pain and suffering helped me to strengthen my faith in my Savior rather
than destroy it.

Where is Heaven
Lyrics: Janice Kapp Perry
Best of Janice Kapp Perry, 1993, Prime Recordings  www.janicekappperry.com
I questioned myself and wondered if I was on the right path and found that my answer was that so long as I kept my
eyes and heart on the Savior and his guidance I would remain on the right path and return to heaven to live with Him.

God Help the Outcasts
Lyrics: Stephen Schwardtz
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996 Wonderland Music Company, Inc. (BMI)/ Walt Disney Music Company (ASCAP).
I heard this song and was led to consider who the outcasts truly were. Outcasts are those whom society deems
unworthy, the poor, the needy, the disabled, criminals, and even those who dare to claim that they were abused,
raped, or otherwise harmed by a parent or other adult – because surely they deserved it. As you listen to the song,
and realize that it is being sung by a member of the outcast class of people, it really humbles you. It caused me to
think about myself, my status, and where I fit into the picture that was being painted. I realized that even though I was
a victim of sexual abuse, I have many blessings, I have enough to meet my physical needs, and I was being helped by
my Savior to accomplish the things He desired of me. I learned that the “outcast” are the ones who have the most faith
and receive abundantly of the love of God because they are more humble than those who appear to have been
blessed by God with wealth and fame.

The Wind Beneath My Wings
Vocal: Bette Midler
Lyrics: Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar
Beaches, 1988, Atlantic Recoding Corporation, 1988 Touchstone Pictures.
In this song a best friend is the wind beneath the wings. I started out  thinking that I was the only one who could
protect me, but eventually learned that my relationship with the Savior was actually where my protection came from. I
would be nothing without my Savior who truly is the wind beneath my wings.

The Melody Within
Lyrics: Michael McLean
Rogoletto, 1993, The Pinnacle Group (BMI).
Listening to this song taught me that there was within me a strong spirit that was waiting to be released to sing my
song. As my therapy progressed my song emerged in the form of unspeakable joy, peace, and a desire to be all my
Father in Heaven knew I could be. Love truly does teach our hearts to sing. The love of the Savior is what released
the song inside my heart. The song that emerged was also filled with love.

I Am Woman
Vocal: Helen Reddy
Lust for Life, 1984, Capitol Records.
When the words of this song are really listened to, it is not a women’s libber’s anthem. This is a song of a woman who
has overcome abuse. I have been down on the floor and risen and become, not a victim or survivor, but a woman of
strength. As in this song, I gained strength and wisdom through the pain I suffered.

That Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady
Vocal: Helen Reddy
Lust for Life, 1984, Capitol Records.
This one speaks of a woman who has been or is enduring spouse abuse and attempting to protest and is leaving the
situation.  I have not endured spouse abuse, but the message taught me to know that I did not have to endure it
either. I needed this message because I believed that I had to endure what my father chose to do to me, and that I
also had to allow my husband to do as he pleased with me. It was good to learn otherwise.

Candle on the Water        
Vocal: Helen Reddy
Pete’s Dragon, 1977, Walt Disney Productions, manufactured by Capitol Records
This song is actually about a woman being a beacon of light for the sailor she loves. However, I look at this as the
Lord being my beacon of light to show me the way back home, to be able to overcome my trials in this life, to be able
to follow that light where ever it may lead me. It became a promise from the Lord to me, one of understanding on his
part that gave me hope and courage to continue on a difficult path.

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My favorite Hymns

I am a Child of God
Lyrics: Naomi Ward Randall
Children’s Songbook, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1989.
This in a children’s song that is unique to our church. It’s message is a prayer for help, by being guided by one’s
parents, to learn of God’s ways. There came a time during my therapy when I desperately needed the Lord’s help
when this song was sung as a rest hymn during a church meeting. As I sang the song I changed from just singing a
song to sending a heartfelt plea to my Father in Heaven for the help and guidance I needed in my life to become who
He wanted me to be.

I Stand all Amazed
Text: Charles H Gabriel
Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, #193.  1985, Corporation of the President of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This song reflects my testimony of the Savior and my awe that He willingly died for me to carry my burdens and ease
my life.

Do What is Right
Text: Anon.
Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, #237.  1985, Corporation of the President of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The chorus of this song was an answer to a prayer for guidance in making a very difficult decision during my therapy.
As I asked what I should do, these words came very clearly to my mind – “Do what is right, let the consequences
follow, I will protect you.” Because of this message I was able to release myself from fear and accomplish what I
needed to do.

When I am Baptized
Children’s Songbook, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1989.
I love this song because it talks of the purity of the earth and that we as mortals can have that same purity when we
are baptized. It served to remind me that the sins of others did not change my purity before the Lord, only in my mind.
It reminded me that my Savior knew my heart and knew that I was pure. It helped me to feel clean.

Did You Think To Pray
Text: Mary A. Pepper Kidder
Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, #140.  1985, Corporation of the President of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Whenever I was troubled it seemed like this hymn was sung during sacrament meeting. It never failed to remind me
that the source of my help was only a prayer away – especially if I had not been praying as I should.

I know That My Redeemer Lives
Text: Samuel Medley
Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, #136.  1985, Corporation of the President of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This song is very dear to my heart because it reminds me exactly what the Savior has done for me through His atoning
sacrifice. It reminds me what the gift of the atonement contains.