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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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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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Mormon Decisions 10Times and Seasons, 4:82; “A Vision,” Poem written in February 1843 (response to a poem written by W.W. Phelps); “From the council in Kolob, to time on the earth. And for ages to come unto them I will show My pleasure & will, what my kingdom will do: Eternity’s wonders they truly shall know”. — Joseph Smith


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