Monica Scott, a pianist, composer, and stay-at-home mother of four has created another beautiful arrangement. Her newest piece is a marvelous baptismal medley comprised of the songs “Baptism” and “I Like to Look for Rainbows.” The vocals performed by Susan and Joshua Crump, accompanied by Monica playing the piano, creates a serene setting comparable to the setting that is experienced as a person prepares to enter the waters of baptism. The wearing of white by Monica, Susan, and Joshua symbolizes cleanness and purity.
Included in the video are scenes from the Bible video series of Christ being baptized in the River Jordan by his cousin, John the Baptist. The song “Baptism” is the appropriate song to capture that sacred moment and to remind us that we should be willing to follow our Great Exemplar and desire to be baptized. The website Mormon.org teaches, “The baptismal ordinance is rich with the symbolism of sanctification, death, and renewed life, and we enter into this covenant humbly, having repented of our sins with a commitment to keep God’s commandments. First submerged into water, we then rise from it, in the similitude of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection and our own future resurrection. As we emerge we are “born again” of the water and of the Spirit.” This aligns perfectly with the teachings of the Savior when He spoke of the importance of baptism, saying, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).
The song “I Love to Look for Rainbows” reminds us not only of the intrinsic beauty of the bow of colors in the sky but more importantly of the covenant that God gave us to never flood the earth again after having destroyed it by a great flood in the days of Noah. In Genesis 9:13, He tells us, “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.” This is a promise that will never be broken. Ezekiel the prophet told us that the appearance of a rainbow on a rainy day is likened to the appearance of God to us. In Ezekiel 1:28, we read, “As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.”
Since rainbows appear all over the world, the appearance of rainbows is a reminder to us that God is everywhere. He has said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). And, we are also reminded that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
Please enjoy this magnificent arrangement by Monica Scott featuring Susan and Joshua Crump and the spirit that it brings. The next time that you hear the song “Baptism” remember the example that Christ set before us and the covenants that you made at your own baptism. And, when you hear the song “I Like to Look for Rainbows” be ever mindful of the eternal promises that our Heavenly Father has made to each of us.