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.
If you have read the entirety of the FTSOA Music and Dancing Starting Post then you can skip the extra material in this post because it is directly copied from the above mentioned post. Perhaps use the time that you would otherwise devote to reading this to singing a hymn. If you have not yet read the above mentioned post, continue reading.
“One thing that I would like to be a focus of this segment is the learning of hymns. We are often told of the benefits of learning the words to the songs in the hymnbook, so three weeks ago I decided I’d try it. My goal has been to learn 1 verse of a hymn a day, and even if I don’t have time to learn a new verse before going to bed, I’d still sing what I have learned while falling asleep. Because everything is easier to learn when put to music and most of the verses are pretty short, it has been a surprisingly feasible goal so far. I’m only three weeks in and I’m already seeing the results: I’ve learned “The Spirit of God”, “Nearer, My God, to Thee”, and, for Independence Day, “The Star Spangled Banner”. I have found it such a blessing to be able to think of these songs in the moment that I need them.
“Whether or not you decide to learn the hymns the same way that I did, here are some recommendations of what to learn over the next three weeks: A Triumphant (fast) song, such as “The Spirit of God” (No. 2) or “How Firm a Foundation” (No. 85); a Reverent (slow) song, such as “Nearer, My God, to Thee” (No. 100) or “Abide with Me; ‘Tis Eventide” (No. 165); a Sacrament song (this can also be your Reverent song), such as “I Stand All Amazed” (No. 193) or “While of These Emblems We Partake” (No. 173); and your Favorite hymn, whatever it is (this can count as any of the above). Also, I highly recommend learning “The Star Spangled Banner” someday, even if not in the next few weeks.
“Personally, I’m going to learn a sacrament hymn this week because it is much easier to focus on the atonement during sacrament when you have a hymn to think about.”
~ George, in the FTSOA Music and Dancing Starting Post.
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/