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“To hear this loved song rendered by an assembly of devoted Latter-day Saints is a spiritual baptism” (Stories of Our Mormon Hymns, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1968, p. 108).June 11, 2008 by Alison P · Leave a Comment
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Spencer W. Kimball was the twelfth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While he served the church he suffered from throat cancer. I was a young girl, but I remember the small raspy voice of this great man as he struggled to deliver the messages of God.
One of my favorite Hymns in the LDS Hymn Book was written by a Frenchman in the middle of the dark ages. Born in the year 1091, Bernard of Clairvaux lived more than a thousand years after the great apostasy, which resulted in the removal of the priesthood from the Earth. (This meant the authority to act in God’s name was no longer here. This meant that the Lord’s Church was no longer here in its fullness.)May 27, 2008 by Alison P · Leave a Comment
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I ran across a beautiful story about the power of music the other day. I was looking for something appropriate to post on Memorial Day, because one of the best ways I know of to express strong emotions and bring peace is through music. With this account I read the truth of my thoughts.
Years ago I experienced a Sacrament meeting that I will never forget. After partaking of the sacrament, my Bishop arose and addressed us. He had us all open our Hymn books to the First Presidency preface to the hymns, where he read,
A few years ago while serving a full-time Mission in North Carolina, I received a phone call. We were having a mission conference in a week. Elder Hilbig a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy was coming with his wife to speak to us. The phone call was from another sister missionary serving on the other side of our mission.
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.
Today, my heart is singing “There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today.” I live in a part of the country that is very reluctant to give up it’s hold on winter. Some people like that, but I don’t happen to be one of them. Yes, winter carries its own blessings. My favorites are warm fuzzy socks and hot chocolate. But my heart yearns for sunshine, warmth and the beauty of growing things.
Mormons love music. We love to sing. We love to dance. For me, personally, music brings great joy to my heart. When I am sad, music can life my spirits. When I’m in the mood to clean, music can make me motivated. When I want to the feel the Spirit of God close to me, music fills my heart, spirit and mind until everything in me is tuned to the heavens.
Every time I hear the hymn A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief, I cannot help but think of the prophet Joseph Smith. Shortly before he was killed, his good friend and future President of the Church John Taylor sang this hymn for him.