A wonderful video has just been released for the benefit of growing families considering adoption. Garth Smith, a talented musician and two-time adoptive parent, in association with LDS Southern California videographer Chad Peters, pairs visuals with an original arrangement of the beloved hymn “Families Can Be Together Forever.” This video was released through LDS Living and is available to view on Brother Smith’s website, YouTube channel, and through LDS Living’s website.
Brother Smith began work on this project out of his own experience with parenthood and the adoption process. When he was a student at BYU, working through college with his wife, he had a powerful prompting that it was time to begin their family. He saw a child in a car driving out of the gas station where he worked and a strong feeling came over him.
“As a returned missionary, I understood what the Spirit felt like, and this was the Spirit telling me there was a child who was waiting to come into our family,” he says.
The road to that child, however, was not an easy one. For the next seven years, he and his wife experienced a succession of heartbreaking losses through miscarriages and serious medical problems. They finally contacted LDS Social Services.
“After submitting the paperwork,” he remembers, “we waited six months before being called to meet with an agent.” In a recurrence of his experience at the gas station from years ago, he knew before they went inside the agency that they were going to be told not only that there was a baby available, but that this baby was the one for them.
“I knew then and I know now that the Lord was mindful of us throughout the adoption process,” says Brother Smith.
Elder Neil L Anderson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addressed the beauty and importance of families, irrespective of shape and method of construction, in his April conference talk “Whoso Receiveth Them, Receiveth Me.”
While Elder Anderson specifically addressed the precious nature of children and the complex family structures in the world today, the powerful message joins well with the spirit of the “Families Can Be Together Forever” video.
However families come together, shift, change, and develop, children are precious to the Lord and need lasting love and support.
“My desire,” Brother Smith says, “is that the message of this video will give hope to parents who are considering adoption. Also, I want to send a message to adoptive children that they are loved.”
Brother Garth Smith has recorded his powerful hymn arrangements in two albums of music, Sacred Hymns and How Beautiful Thy Temples, Sacred Hymns, Vol. II. These are available in most LDS bookstores. He also shares the power of his music through performing for firesides, EFY groups, single adult conferences, stake firesides, missionary conferences, and even the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center. His work can be found on his website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page.