What is Music for Missionaries?
Music for Missionaries is a weekly music subscription of hymns and primary songs in mp3 format, with new sheet music monthly and a spiritual thought. It’s completely free for all full-time LDS and Christian missionaries, no strings attached—I will only ever use your name, e-mail, and mission name for this site and service. If your Mission President has any concerns, please have him contact me directly and let me know what I can do differently.
How does it work?
After you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email immediately (check your spam and promotional folders if you don’t see it), then the weekly email with mp3 downloads of that week’s hymns! There will also be a poll each week where you can request what hymns you would like to hear the following week!
How much does it cost?
We are in Beta 2 of Music for Missionaries, so this is still a completely free service for EVERYONE while I continue to polish the product! In the future, it will be free to all full-time LDS and Christian missionaries.
If you want to help (goodness knows I could use it!), Friends of the Missionaries can make either a recurring or one-time contribution via PayPal as you feel! Your support helps make the continued growth of this project possible and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!
I married at 20 and never had an opportunity to serve an actual full-time mission, but I pursued music and my education with a passion because inspiring others through music felt like my life mission and one of the best ways I could help people to come know the Savior!
Here are a few more of the finer details. There will be no repeats of titles within a single month. At least once a month, I will do an official, new arrangement of one of the most requested songs.
I love arranging and exploring different styles of music! When the same hymns and primary songs are eventually repeated, it will be a fresh take! Much like a jazz pianist can play the same tune thousands of times but still have it be different every time, my “standards” list is the hymns and there is an infinite range of possibilities!
Who am I ?
I started playing piano for our small branch in Monmouth, IL when I was 12 and have been playing for church in just about every setting ever since. I pursued a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance at Snow College and the University of Utah, studying both classical and jazz piano; that was followed by a double Master’s of Music in Music Performance with a classical and jazz piano emphasis at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. I taught piano part-time at Snow College for 4 ½ years until I quit to stay home full time. I married the love of my life in the Manti Temple almost 12 years ago, and we have three darling little boys.
My classical and jazz training, combined with over two decades of experience playing for church has helped me to develop a unique voice—one that I hope will bring you joy, hope and peace. 🙂
The Story Behind Music for Missionaries
The inspiration for Music for Missionaries came when I finally put together everything for my home recording studio. A friend of mine mentioned that her son (a former piano student of mine) said he needed his “Heather Music” and they mailed my CD down to him. I asked if he had a favorite hymn and said I’d be happy to record it and send it to him in an e-mail. I then thought, “as long as I’m recording music and sending it to one missionary, I might as well see if any other friends have a missionary they’d like me to send it to.” The thought then turned into, “why not all the missionaries?” As soon as I thought that, it was like a download to my mind of “this is what you need to do,” and I had a clear vision of what I needed to create. I grabbed my journal and a pen, and with the help of some great friends, we’re here!
It has long been a dream of mine to share my testimony with the world through my music. Growing up in rural Illinois in a small branch, the piano became my lifeline, and music became a huge part of how I connect with God and share my beliefs. One of my favorite things to do is to help people feel the Spirit and love of God through the music I play.
I’ve given away many copies of my first CD to friends and students leaving on missions and I’ve heard from many of them that my CD was the only thing they brought that they were allowed to listen to—and that they and their companions loved it! I am so excited for the opportunity and blessing I have to share my music with these awesome men and women consecrating a season of their lives to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. I pray my mission of sharing inspiring music will help strengthen their faith, help them feel the Spirit and magnify the time they have to consecrate to the Lord.