“It is as if he has bottled my Savior’s love, condensed it into the sweetest nectar, and I get to drink it.” The special arrangement of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is no different.
As Belt was singing, he felt the power of the Atonement wash over him.
For many, music is a special conduit to the spirit of God and can express a depth of testimony that is inadequate with words.
This is no more evident than in the powerful hymns performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
During the Saturday Morning Session of the 186th Annual General Conference of the Church, members were treated to a stunning rendition of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” However, something unusual occurred during the song and members around the world took notice.
The usually peaceful and composed smiles of the Choir quickly changed as the camera focused on a single member, C. Belt was shown crying and singing emotionally through his tears. We had the opportunity to talk with Belt about what touched him and how he’s dealing with all the attention.
I’m just one of 360 voices, and we all love the Lord and love to sing His praises.” That was one thing Belt wanted to make sure everyone knew: We all have the power to change the lives of those around us by sharing our talents.
He opened up about another powerful experience he had with the Choir.An elderly gentleman, tall and so thin he was almost gaunt, approached Belt and asked to speak with him. It was March 14, 2014 and the Choir had just finished their Sunday morning rehearsal for their weekly broadcast. But this sacred experience brought that home to me in a very personal way,” Belt related.Belt has been in the Choir for almost nine years; this is his nineteenth time singing in General Conference.“Every time I sing with the Choir, I am so very profoundly grateful,” he said.“I am amazed that, out of all the very talented people out there who would love to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, I get to stand before my Maker and sing His praises with this marvelous group of people.” One of Belt’s favorite things about being in the Choir is singing the arrangements done by Choir music director (and conductor/composer), Mack Wilberg.They are “so beautiful, so elegant, so thrilling,” Belt said.