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D&C 25:11 “And it shall be given thee, also, to make a selection of sacred hymns, as it shall be given thee, which is pleasing unto me, to be had in my church.” — Joseph Smith revelation for wife Emma — Harmony, PA, July 1830

Today we’re taking a look at what members of the LDS Church have sung over the years. An essay in Dialogue Journal is a must read to understand how the Church has softened the blow of its true self. To read the article in full, see Changes in LDS Hymns: Implications and Opportunities Douglas Campbell.

For the sake of brevity I’ve only highlighted a few hymns, however, these examples are just a drop in the bucket of what they’ve done. Mr. Campbell investigated what, if any, changes had been made the Church’s hymn books since its inception in 1830, and admitted he was ‘surprised’ by  his findings.

Long story short, 90 hymns were published in the first LDS hymnal. When they revised it in 1927, only 55 remained. With the next revision in 1948, they were down to 30 of the original 90 hymns, and the 1985 edition contained a mere 26 hymns. (more…)

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James 2:19 “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

The other day Melissa emailed asking if I’d heard about the latest LDS Primary song that’s a big hit in Mormon circles. I’ve copied Melissa’s email below because she said what I was thinking!

In essence, the main theme of the song encourages little kids to be just like Joe Smith. One has to wonder where Jesus might fit in… (more…)

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LDS_HymnbookMusic can be a powerful thing in life. Depending on the genre, it can stir the emotional plane in people like nothing else can. A quick look at early history from the Bible reveals hymns to worship God, and in the 18th to 19th centuries we saw the symphonic/chamber era with Chopin, Liszt, Bach, and Mozart.

The personal lives of many composers at the time were considered over the top by standards of the day, but people turned a blind eye because of the role music played on their emotions. If they thought those actions were outrageous, they’d have a coronary in what we hear today.

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LDS_HymnbookLDS Hymn, ‘Address to Earth,’ by Eliza Roxcy Snow;

Millennial Star, Vol. 13, No. 17, September 1, 1857, p. 272Smith Joseph Eliza Roxcy Snow

Thou, earth, wast once a glorious sphere

Of Noble Magnitude

That did with majesty appear

Among the worlds of God.

 

But they dimensions have been torn

Asunder piece by piece;

And each dismember’d fragment borne

Abroad to distant space.

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Colossians 3:16; “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

LDS_HymnbookBefore we examine the LDS hymn we’re posting today, let’s take a good look at what God has said in His word.

You’ll notice the first eight words of this verse is an instruction we should all take note of. The music we allow to run through our heads can either lead us to, or away, from Him.

By default, Mormons have already failed miserably with that admonition. They don’t allow the word of Christ to dwell within them because they’ve rejected it.

The second part of this verse tells us to teach and admonish through psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.

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