Tagged with hymns

He Is Risen! – Hymn for The Easter Feast

He Is Risen! – Hymn for The Easter Feast

One of my favorite Easter hymns is “He Is Risen” written by Cecil Frances (“Fanny”) Alexander (1818-1895). From a very early age Fanny loved to write poems. She was near-sighted, timid and shy. At the tender age of nine her father noticed a lump under the rug in Fanny’s bedroom. Lifting the rug, he discovered a hidden stack … Continue reading

Ye Elders Of Israel: Hymn By Cyrus Wheelock

Ye Elders Of Israel: Hymn By Cyrus Wheelock

Memorable moments during General Conference not only include testimonies borne over the pulpit but also testimonies borne through song. One special and powerful musical sermon was given during the October 2014 Conference Priesthood Session by a choir of approximately 375 young missionary Elders chosen from the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. This stirring arrangement of the Latter-day Saint hymn “Ye Elders Of … Continue reading

Why Valentines Day Is For Everyone

Why Valentines Day Is For Everyone

My daughters have declared war on Valentine’s Day. OK, perhaps “war” is a bit too strong – how about we call it a “determined cultural protest”. Why? Because, in a nut shell, they are single and unattached, therefore, they feel that Valentines Day does not apply to them. Furthermore, the whole idea feels like a harsh reminder that they “have no … Continue reading

This Is The Christ – The Healer Of Our Souls

This Is The Christ – The Healer Of Our Souls

Tonight Mr. Mo and I attended the adult session of our Stake Conference [a “Stake” is a collection of congregations – called “Wards” – in an assigned area].  The theme of our meeting was ‘Becoming more like the Savior‘. There were so many beautiful  and inspiring messages! In conclusion a choir sang one of my favorite songs; This … Continue reading

Come Ye Thankful People Come

Come Ye Thankful People Come

In 1844 Henry Alford, the rector of Aston Standford church in Buckinghamshire, England composed a 7 stanza poem titled “After Harvest”. About ten years later the poem was shortened to 4 verses, set to music by George J. Elvey and published as the hymn “Come Ye Thankful People, Come”. This hymn of harvest time and Thanksgiving is included in … Continue reading

Pilgrim Song – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Pilgrim Song – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Pilgrims are synonymous with the Thanksgiving holiday! And so, our Thanksgiving countdown playlist would not be complete without a song about Pilgrims. A pilgrim (from the Latin peregrinus) is a traveler – “one who has come from afar” – on a  journey to a holy place, or, a location of great religious significance. Typically, pilgrimage is a physical journey (usually taken on foot), … Continue reading

How Great Thou Art – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

How Great Thou Art – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

In 1885 Carl Boberg’s walk home through a summer storm would inspire him to write ‘O Store Gud’ (O Mighty God), later to become known as “How Great Thou Art”, one of the most enduring lyrics in Christianity. Carl lived in Kronobäck, Sweden, overlooking the stunning Mönsterås Bay where heaven and nature combine in a continual tug-of-war between beautiful … Continue reading

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Today’s song in honor of Thanksgiving is a musical prayer from the Netherlands, written in the early 1600s during the Dutch national liberation against the Catholic King Philip II of Spain. The song “Wilt heden nu treden,” [“We gather together”] resonated because under the Spanish King, Dutch Protestants were forbidden to gather for worship. The hymn first … Continue reading

Giving Praise To The Man Joseph Smith

Giving Praise To The Man Joseph Smith

A few weeks ago I was drawn into a conversation on Facebook by a former High School classmate about our prophet Joseph Smith, Jr.. An estranged member of my church at an early age, she happened to be reading a “very scary and fascinating book” [her words] known to be highly critical of Joseph Smith and the LDS Church in general. … Continue reading

BYU Men Sing Nearer My God To Thee

BYU Men Sing Nearer My God To Thee

I was contacted last night by a member of Brigham Young University’s Vocal Point. He was very excited to tell me about the release of their newest  music video, an arrangement of the beloved hymn “Nearer My God To Thee”.  “As members of BYU Vocal Point, our main objective is to bless the lives of others through the music … Continue reading

Amazing Grace! Celebrating Freedom

Amazing Grace! Celebrating Freedom

In 1779, just three years after America’s Independence, a poem called “Amazing Grace” was published. Written by the repentant former slave trader-turned-clergyman John Newton, his words became not only an emblem of Christianity, but also a symbol of hope, and an anthem for the birth of a new nation. With the message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed, … Continue reading

Does The Journey Seem Long?

Does The Journey Seem Long?

As far as I know, there have only been two recorded instances in LDS General Conference history when a singer performed a solo. The first solo occurred in 2009 when a Brazilian “mormon soprano” named Liriel Domiciano was invited by Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley to perform “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir … Continue reading

Under His Wings

Under His Wings

Today marks the 8th anniversary of the death of my best friend’s husband. Val was only 52 years and 4 days old when he too-suddenly and tragically left this earth. Each year, the first week of February marks the painful reminder of his loss to his wife and children. Continue reading

Lead Kindly Light – Vocal Point

Lead Kindly Light – Vocal Point

Daughter A’s favorite hymn is “Lead Kindly Light”. Today I came across a recording by the Brigham Young University men’s A’capella group Vocal Point. It is one of the most beautiful arrangements we have heard. So peace-filled. So comforting. Such perfect timing. I had to share it! Continue reading

God Be With You Till We Meet Again

God Be With You Till We Meet Again

The beloved hymn “God Be With You till we Meet Again” was penned in 1880 by Jeremiah E. Rankin, pastor of the First Congregational Church in Washington, D.C.. It was set to music in 1882 by composer William G. Tomer, pastor of Grace Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal Church in Wash­ing­ton, DC.. Mr. Rankin explained; “Written…as a Christian good-bye, … Continue reading

We Listen To A Prophet’s Voice

We Listen To A Prophet’s Voice

In 11 days The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold it’s 182nd Semi-Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. . . This is my first in a series of posts to help us prepare for another marvelous General Conference. The feelings of love and joy for the blessing and opportunity we have to listen to a living prophet of God is captured well in the words of one of our hymns, “We Listen To A Prophet’s Voice”. Continue reading

Flutist Brings Peace and Beauty To The Earth

Flutist Brings Peace and Beauty To The Earth

This has been a hard week, with a lot of tragedy in the news. I don’t know about you, but my soul has felt pretty battered. Perhaps that’s what made hearing a beautiful hymn played by a gifted artist on a magical flute all the more sweeter today. My soul was touched. My hope was renewed. And, my faith and confidence in the world was restored. – **This Post Includes a NEW MOSOP MOVIE** Continue reading

Video: Help Haiti – Do Good!

On January 22, 2010 The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued an official statement on Haiti, urging its members to Help. This video features the text of that statement, combined with images from Haiti, and set to the LDS Hymn “Have I Done Any Good?” Continue reading