There is a beautiful children’s hymn for young Mormons called, “A Child’s Prayer.” The song is written for an adult and child to sing together. In the song, a child asks God if he’s really there, and if he’s really listening to and answering the prayers of children. The child notes that many people feel Heaven is too far off, but when he prays, he feels heaven is very close by. With that, the child remembers that Jesus Christ said to bring the children to Him, referring to the story in which the disciples tried to send away a group of children who came to see the Savior late in the day. The Savior stopped them and invited the children to come to Him to be blessed and to talk with Him. Reassured, the child in the song goes to Heavenly Father in prayer.
The Articles of Faith are thirteen statements of basic belief for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (referred to as the Mormons). They were written as a part of a document called the Wentworth Letter, which Joseph Smith wrote in 1842 to John Wentworth of the Chicago Democrat. Later, these brief statements were set to music by American composer Vanja Watkins. In this series, we will examine the truths presented in the Articles of Faith.
Of all the places I could find myself on Sunday, one of my favorites is the children’s Primary. Now, don’t get me wrong. Primary is not exactly the most relaxing way to spend the Sabbath, but for all their energy and antics there is something pure and beautiful about a child learning the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Recently, I have pondered the second verse of the classic hymn, sung by early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (referred to as the Mormons) as they journeyed across the plains.
On 1 March 1842, Joseph Smith wrote a defining document for John Wentworth, a newspaper man from the Chicago Democrat. The Wentworth Letter, as it has come to be called, included thirteen concise statements of basic belief for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (referred to as the Mormons). These Articles of Faith are often memorized by members of the Church around the world, because they summarize many of the most plain and precious truths we know through the restoration of the Fullness of the Gospel. Composer Vanja Watkins set each of these statements to music to aid children and adults in memorizing them and understanding their messages.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as Mormons, are mourning the passing of a mighty prophet, Gordon Bittner Hinckley, on 27 January, 2008. He was truly a witness of Jesus Christ, and he pioneered the use of various media formats in sharing the Gospel. He was an extraordinary man with a gift for words. We sing a hymn in which he bears simple testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ:
I recently remembered a little song the children sing in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
My beautiful wife and I are preparing for the birth of our first child in May. We recently found out that we will have a boy. As I ponder the responsibility of raising a son, my mind often returns to the story from the Book of Mormon about an army of two thousand young men whose mothers had taught them to have mighty faith in the Lord.