Today I, ____________________, will carefully choose the music I listen to.
“Learn and sing the hymns. Hymns can lift your spirit, move you to righteous action, and help you withstand the temptations of the adversary.” – For the Strength of Youth
Today and until August 2, I, ____________________, will learn and sing the hymns.
“Music in Our Church Meetings
“Inspirational music is an essential part of our church meetings. The hymns invite the Spirit of the Lord, create a feeling of reverence, unify us as members, and provide a way for us to offer praises to the Lord.
“Some of the greatest sermons are preached by the singing of hymns. Hymns move us to repentance and good works, build testimony and faith, comfort the weary, console the mourning, and inspire us to endure to the end.
“We hope to see an increase of hymn singing in our congregations. We encourage all members, whether musically inclined or not, to join with us in singing the hymns. We hope leaders, teachers, and members who are called on to speak will turn often to the hymnbook to find sermons presented powerfully and beautifully in verse.
“Latter-day Saints have a long tradition of choir singing. Every ward and branch in the Church should have a choir that performs regularly. We encourage choirs to use the hymnbook as their basic resource…
“Brothers and sisters, let us use the hymns to invite the Spirit of the Lord into our congregations, our homes, and our personal lives. Let us memorize and ponder them, recite and sing them, and partake of their spiritual nourishment. Know that the song of the righteous is a prayer unto our Father in Heaven, “and it shall be answered with a blessing upon [your] heads.””
The First Presidency
(Unfortunately, the Hymnbook Preface is too long to put in one post and this is the last post for hymns. I recommend reading the rest when you get the chance though)
Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Music and Dancing section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/music-and-dancing/