A few favorite moments of 2013

In my last post, I mentioned my “I Will & I Won’t” plan for 2014.  It has been fun to think about new goals and look forward.  It has also caused me to look back. Below are some of my favorite moments of 2013.

Last winter, on a very cold and foggy morning, my husband and I drove to Ogden so I could speak at a women’s conference.  Immediately following the engagement in Ogden, I was schedule to speak at another women’s conference in Orem.  We left Ogden quickly – too quick – and I accidentally left my talk in the chapel there.  When we arrived at the church in Orem, I looked in my bag for my talk.  It wasn’t there.  I looked in the car.  It wasn’t there.  My heart sank and I began to cry.  (Which isn’t like me.)  When he saw my reaction, my husband was instantly concerned for me.  However, I reassured him the tears were not because of fear.  When I realized I didn’t have my talk, the Spirit quickly consoled me and I knew everything was going to be okay.  I was crying because I felt the Spirit in a strong and unique way.  I stood up in front of 500+ women in Orem, told them what had happened and then went on with speaking and singing.  The Spirit brought everything that was important to my remembrance.

I really struggled with my Time Out For Women presentation this year.  It took me 6 months and 5 tries to get it right.  As I drove home from my second TOFW event of 2013 (in Idaho Falls), I knew it hadn’t gone well.  I had blown it again.  Why was this so hard?  Why couldn’t I get this right?  I pondered on my presentation the whole three hour drive home.  I felt so discouraged.  A few days later, I received this email from a member of the production crew:

Hi Hilary,
I just want to let you know how much I enjoyed your awesomeness in Idaho Falls. I have thought a lot about that weekend and I don’t know if I have ever been so moved by a TOFW event. I have always enjoyed your music and stories but for some reason I felt really inspired by Idaho Falls. I have seen a bajillion presentations both from LDS presenters and non and I have always felt that you go above and beyond. I can tell that you put a lot of work and effort into your preparation and it really pays off. This past weekend I had to teach Gospel Essentials and I felt that, after watching you in IF, I should try a little harder to be prepared and make it more interesting. So I prayed harder about and I listened to a bunch of your music while preparing. The payoff was having a man in his 70′s, who is returning to the church, tell me that he had never felt the spirit stronger in Sunday School. I know that had I not seen you in Idaho Falls I would have done my last minute straight out of the manual lesson and he wouldn’t have had the spiritual experience that he and I both had.

Brent

It gave me the courage and confidence to keep rewriting, keep trying, and not give up.

As you might know, my new CD Say Love released last September.  It was so hard to write.  It took a toll on me.  One night in June, I fell apart.  The weight of it all was too much.  I began to doubt myself.  I wondered if the songs were good enough.  I gave in to all my fears about failure – and I had a melt-down.  I cried and cried all evening.  I cried in front of my husband and my daughters.  They were so sweet to try to console me, but the tears still came.  I decided to just go to bed and try again the next day.  As I crawled in bed, my youngest daughter (8) came to my bedside and began tucking me in.  She gently pushed the blankets right up to my feet, then my legs.  She worked her way up to my head and then leaned over, kissed me on the forehead and said, “I believe in you.”

 

There literally hundreds of other moments, memories, miracles and tender mercies that took place last year and for which I am grateful.  I am thankful for the comfort of the Spirit in the very moments we need it, for kind emails filled with encouragement and for the strengthening words of a child.

Blog to you soon,

Hilary

 

13 Responses to “A few favorite moments of 2013”

  1. Jill Says:

    Sometimes it is our children who are able to show us tender love that our Heavenly Father would show us. What a blessing your daughter is to you.

    I love your SAY LOVE CD. I am so glad you made the effort to put it together. Thank you.

  2. Deb Says:

    One of my “moments” from 2013 was sitting at dinner with you and you saying, “Tell me about your son…” I still haven’t completed the perfect response to that inquiry, but when I do, I’ll figure out a way to get it to you. You lifted our family more than I know how to express with your attention, love, and spirit that night at Reilly’s. Thank you.

  3. Melinda Says:

    i think sometimes we are own worse enemy! hang in there! i don’t think you are that far off, look at all your success, and are loved by hundreds, if not thousands!

  4. Marci Olson Says:

    I LOVE the experience that you shared of you 8 year old tucking you in. :) I got to see you at TOFW in Salt Lake Last year and I loved every minute of it. Thank you for letting us know that you are not perfect either and reminding us how present the Spirit can and will be in our lives as we strive to do our best.

  5. Jill Holyoak Says:

    I saw you in Tacoma at TOFW. And since I’m a good friend and waited around for my friend to nurse her baby after everyone had left (sheesh, the nerve!), I was lucky enough to meet you and the whole gang. I mentioned that I was going to try and be positive for the rest of the day. You immediately told me I had on ugly shoes and that’s when I knew I liked you. I passed your test and the other attempts that followed. I’m sure you remember this since we’re practically best friends now. Love you to pieces!

  6. Carol J Catlin Says:

    Hilary,

    I can so identify with some of the difficulties you have experienced. I am not a famous singer, but I do express my feelings in words and in a different way. “) I know you realize that your heart is reaching out to untold numbers of Heavenly Father’s children. You are a precious spirit and that precious spirit has probably made a huge difference to hundreds if not thousands of His daughters. So keep on keepin on. “)

    Lift your light up high. So very many of your listeners are following your rising strength straight up and it’s lifting them out of their darkness!

    Love,
    Carol J Catlin “)
    Windsor Ward
    Kimball East Stake
    Mesa, Arizona

  7. Lisa Says:

    THIS.IS.AWESOME! I needed this post more than you will ever, ever know! <3, Lisa in SC

  8. Melanie Says:

    I needed this today. Thank you for being so willing to share. And you are an incredible inspiration. You have changed my life in many ways through your music, and that influence reached to my companions on my mission in Brazil. You never know the influence you can have – and may never know. Thank you.

  9. Mari (Lindquist) van Ormer Says:

    Hi Hilary!

    I was just talking with my mom about you, and your special gift of music. She talked about how you just knew music was your calling in life, even when you were younger. I can still remember listening, with great admiration, as you sang and played in our ward (The Anchorage, Alaska 6th ward!). I was a little girl, and you were a teenager. Even then, we all knew there was something special in you.

    You will likely never know how many people you have influenced through your gift, since the experiences that people have with your songs are so personal, and widespread…

    You were there for me (through your music) when I was fervently praying for answers as a teenager, and received them through the words of “He Hears Me.” You were there when I solidified my testimony as an adult while I performed, “He Came for Me,” during a Women at the Well production — one of the most powerful moments of my life! You were there for me when I sang, “My Brother, My Savior, My Friend,” at the funeral of a loved one. You were there for me when the Young Women in our ward sang, “Lead me Home.” You were there for me when I played the song, “Until my Heart was Broken,” in a very special Relief Society meeting. You were there for me when I sang, “Still Believe,” and a man in our ward, whose wife has Parkinson’s, came to me crying with gratitude for the words of the song.

    I could go on and on with these moments, and the powerful influence your music has had in my life, and the lives of those around me. (Not to mention the many special moments gathered as a family around the piano singing your music for fun!) There have been so many special moments, and I have a feeling there are many more special moments to come in the future with the power of your songs. Your music is our “go to” music for our entire Lindquist family. If we are looking for something really special, powerful, and moving — we pull out the Hilary Weeks books!

    You have been there for so many, in so many moments that you will never know about. But I want you to know that you have a unique and glorious gift, and you have no reason to ever doubt that gift. It is yours from God, and it is powerful. Your gift extends beyond your music, and goes so much deeper (My mom and I both agreed on that!). You enter the inner depths of the soul, through your beautiful words and songs. Your music is most certainly inspired of God.

    I just wanted to say, thank you. I can only imagine the time and energy you have spent and given over the years to share your talent. I am sure you can become exhausted by it, but I pray God gives you strength to continue! Through your gift you have blessed my life in such a personal, and tremendous way. Your music has lightening my burdened heart, and strengthened my testimony of Christ. I know that Heavenly Father will be pleased with how you willingly give your talent to draw people closer to Him.

    You are the best Hilary! You are loved and appreciated more than you know!

    Love you!

    Mari (Lindquist) van Ormer

    P.S. Thank you for writing your music in my vocal range! :-)

  10. Jen F Says:

    “Ditto” to what Mari wrote.

    I was just listening to you sing “I found me when I found you” last night on my way to a Church meeting. It is a very special meeting I go to each week with other women of faith who are struggling to find who they are through some very hard trials. Your words reminded me (again) that the Lord will shape and mold me into what He knows I can be as I willingly let go of my will…of what I think others expect of me and let Him gently guide me.

  11. Jamie Says:

    HILARY!
    This took my breath away as I read about your 8 year old coming and tucking you in and kissing you, and telling you she believes in you. What a magnificent moment. I have 2 girls (7 and 9) and I can say that would melt me! Tears came to my eyes and I just had to tell you so! What a special moment. I haven’t yet been to a TOFW event but I have a ticket to Layton. I hope you are there! I will never forget how sweet you and Tim were to me and my husband at the Sara Bareilles concert in SLC a couple years ago when we felt so out of place. Out of all the singers we saw that night, YOU were the most memorable! You were two of the most genuine, down to earth people EVER! You’re just great! That’s it! :)

  12. Heather H Says:

    I was in the audience at the event in January where you forgot your talk, but you did great and I have heard sisters talk about how much they learned from you that day so it wasn’t just me who greatly enjoyed and appreciated you taking your time to come speak to us.

  13. Bron Williams Says:

    Dear Hillary. I have just attended the Hobart Australia stake RS conference.
    Thank you SO much for sharing with us. I loved hearing you sing and listening to the cool and spiritual stories you shared.
    Thank you so much for staying up late and being with us.
    Sincereley
    Bron Williams
    Rosny ward
    Hobart

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