FTSOA Music and Dancing Starting Post

Hello! This post is for those who have already been doing FTSOA and know how everything is run. If you are new or would like a reminder, a more comprehensive post can be found here.

For those reading this post I highly recommend you read to the end because I’ve written all the last paragraphs specifically for this segment.

  • First off, this morning I said to ask yourself “How have I been blessed by living this standard?” If you are like me and don’t have time to due to rushing off to Church, I suggest you do it now.
  • For those who don’t have their own copy of For the Strength of Youth, you can read the section on Music and Dancing by clicking here.
  • The daily reminders, as well as new posts, will be posted on the website ForTheStrengthOfAll.com if you wish to view them online instead of in your inbox.
  • You can find previous reminders here.

There are two commitments, one broad commitment that you make now and one that will be sent to you every day that is a bit more specific. Here is the broad commitment:

I, ____________________, have read the For the Strength of Youth section on Music and Dancing and commit to living the standards mentioned there today and every day until August 2, 2015.

As said before, you must read the For the Strength of Youth section on Music and Dancing before committing to the program, maybe even every day if you have time for it.

There is also a second commitment that is based on the first two sentences of the second paragraph of the For the Strength of Youth section on Music and Dancing:

Today I, ____________________, will carefully choose the music I listen to. I will pay attention to how I feel when listening to music.*

It is this 2nd commitment that will be sent every day. To help with the commitment, you may want to leave a note for yourself somewhere, perhaps a sticky note on your desk or a digital reminder on your phone, wherever you think that it would most help you keep your commitment to proper music (and dancing). There will also be an optional second post sent out at 9:00 p.m. each day which, if you read it, can help remind you to look back over your day see how well you are keeping your commitment.

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 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.

As for the rest of the commitment, I recommend reading over or listening to the lyrics to the songs that you listen to to make sure there isn’t anything in them against the For the Strength of Youth standards. Also, because most people listen to music much more than they dance, the Monday-Friday daily commitments will focus on music while Saturday will focus on dancing and Sunday will focus on both.

~ George

*Specific wording may be changed later, but this is the gist.

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