I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know who I am. I know God's plan. I'll follow him in faith. I believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ. I'll honor his name. I'll do what is right; I'll follow his light. His truth I will proclaim.

I Know that My Redeemer Lives!

I Know that My Redeemer Lives!

Monday, October 24, 2016

LDS Hymn #13 (and #328)

Hymn #328 - the men's choir arrangement of the hymn

(Oh, the harmonies of this one--and all men singing it! *sigh* I don't know music well enough to sight read if what is sung here is what the men's choir arrangement in the hymn is. But it is beautiful!)

This song either came to my attention because it was difficult for me to play (at first) or because as a conductor it switches time signatures in the middle! I have managed this one in my organ lessons--it is hard to make all of those moving notes legato! This one also stands out because it has 2 more verses after the music stanzas, which of course means they rarely get sung. Unless you are in my ward! ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. No, that is not an (extremely) evil laugh. It is just the power of choice I exercise in allowing all of the lyricist's words and message to be sung instead of only half of it. Otherwise it is like saying, "Once upon a time Little Red Riding Hood met a wolf. He came up with a plan. He went to Granny's house and ate her. The end." You're missing vital parts of the message if you don't sing every verse! Now I understand this is sometimes done to save time in meetings. And other verses got completely left out of the hymnals (wait till we get to Hymn #124!) for whatever reasons. But I appreciate poems, and stories, and love music. And I am of the belief, even if my arms will get tired as the chorister, that all verses should be sung if they took the trouble to put them all in there. (Though guess who hasn't picked a 7+ verse song for Sacrament meeting, yet?)

Anyway! Back to the hymn and away from my diatribe. This is a Restoration song, though the first 3 verses are specifically about the Book of Mormon. How apropos! My Conference talk today was Elder Stevenson's recent one about the Book of Mormon. The last two verses (the "unsung one") are more a prediction or statement about how the Book of Mormon and Restoration will fill the world with light and truth and there will be much rejoicing. I see that happening every day still, 180+ years later. There may be a lot of awfulness in this world, but when you step back and look at all those who are hearing, accepting, and receiving the Gospel and its ordinances, covenants, and blessings--there is so much to rejoice about!

From the history book
The hymn was not included in the first, 1835 LDS hymnal. But it was in 1840 (when Parley P. Pratt was one of the editors....). The tune we sing it to was first printed in 1857, and helps convey the first two lines of each verse, then markedly showing the difference in the last lines. "The first half of each stanza of the text is narrative and explanatory, whereas the last half is a declaration and a testimony." This current hymnal added some harmonizations that would be easier for congregations to sing and not just choirs. However, most wards I have been in rarely sing this one.


  1. 1. An angel from on high
    The long, long silence broke;
    Descending from the sky,
    These gracious words he spoke:
    Lo! in Cumorah's lonely hill
    A sacred record lies concealed.
    Lo! in Cumorah's lonely hill
    A sacred record lies concealed.
  2. 2. Sealed by Moroni's hand,
    It has for ages lain
    To wait the Lord's command,
    From dust to speak again.
    It shall again to light come forth
    To usher in Christ's reign on earth.
    It shall again to light come forth
    To usher in Christ's reign on earth.
  3. 3. It speaks of Joseph's seed
    And makes the remnant known
    Of nations long since dead,
    Who once had dwelt alone.
    The fulness of the gospel, too,
    Its pages will reveal to view.
    The fulness of the gospel, too,
    Its pages will reveal to view.
  4. 4. The time is now fulfilled,
    The long-expected day;
    Let earth obedience yield
    And darkness flee away.
    Remove the seals; be wide unfurled
    Its light and glory to the world.
    Remove the seals; be wide unfurled
    Its light and glory to the world.
  5. 5. Lo! Israel filled with joy
    Shall now be gathered home,
    Their wealth and means employ
    To build Jerusalem,
    While Zion shall arise and shine
    And fill the earth with truth divine.
    While Zion shall arise and shine
    And fill the earth with truth divine.
  6. Text: Parley P. Pratt, 1807-1857
    Music: John E. Tullidge, 1806-1873

Sunday, October 23, 2016

LDS Hymn #12

This song is one of the not-sung-often. A shame--it is another Restoration hymn with a really fun tune to sing. Especially the soprano part! The text talks of the prophecies in ancient days that foretold of the Restoration--and it has now come forth!

From the history book
How did I never connect how closely related this hymn is to Hymn #11? The lyricist didn't like the Q&A format, so he revised that hymn, using actual phrases, and made the text assertions. All of verse 3, however, is his own verse. The lyricist was also an organist, and hr adapted an existing melody for this. He knew the 4 parts exceeded the reach of the hands, requiring the use of the pedal. Thank goodness my teacher didn't insist me trying that when I first did this hymn! Also, the lyricist wanted this song sung slowly and solemnly because "it is possible to be joyful in a solemn, dignified manner." Well, yes, but if I am singing I prefer not to be as solemn! Oh well, I will remember in future.


  1. 1. 'Twas witnessed in the morning sky:
    An angel earthward bound.
    This messenger proclaimed anew
    The gospel's joyful sound.
    In pow'r it would be preached on earth
    By men of God ordained;
    All men, all tongues, all nations would
    Accept and praise his name.
  2. 2. In ancient days the gospel plan
    Was giv'n of God to men;
    In latter days the gospel is
    Restored to earth again.
    By holy prophets long proclaimed,
    By Saints and seers adored,
    It speaks the everlasting truths
    Of Jesus Christ, the Lord.
  3. 3. Apostles of a former day
    To modern prophets came;
    They brought the priesthood of our Lord
    To bless the earth again.
    The pow'rs of heav'n are opened wide
    To men of God below;
    The knowledge, gifts, and keys are ours,
    All blessings to bestow.
  4. Text: Adapted by G. William Richards, 1918-2005.
    (c) 1985 IRI

Thursday, October 20, 2016

LDS Hymn #11

This hymn stood out to me probably the first time I was old enough to sing, and it was sung in our Sacrament meeting. I mean, how can you miss such a fun song? It has that stand-alone clef solo I like, this time with the bass clef--the men getting two solos. It also has a Q&A style which I thought was the neatest thing when I was a child. I still love it as an adult. Not the easiest thing to play with all of its triplets, but still fun at that. The entire song is about the Gospel being restored, reminding us that is the same Gospel that was here on earth when Christ lived and giving the beautiful promise that those who have not heard the Gospel in this life will get the change to hear of it in the next life.

From the history book
The text was first published in 1847, and the text and tune were published together in 1889. The text was in the pattern of catechism, which was a way many Christian religions taught children and new converts. And the tune name is "Joyful Sound." Love it!


  1. 1. What was witnessed in the heavens?
    Why, an angel earthward bound.
    Had he something with him bringing?
    Yes, the gospel, joyful sound!
    It was to be preached in power
    On the earth, the angel said,
    To all men, all tongues and nations
    That upon its face are spread.
  2. 2. Had we not before the gospel?
    Yes, it came of old to men.
    Then what is this latter gospel?
    'Tis the first one come again.
    This was preached by Paul and Peter
    And by Jesus Christ, the Head.
    This we latter Saints are preaching;
    We their footsteps wish to tread.
  3. 3. Where so long has been the gospel?
    Did it pass from earth away?
    Yes, 'twas taken back to heaven
    Till should dawn a brighter day.
    What became of those departed,
    Knowing not the gospel plan?
    In the spirit world they'll hear it;
    God is just to ev'ry man.
  4. Text: John S. Davis, 1813-1882
    Music: Evan Stephens, 1854-1930

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

LDS Hymn #10

I can't remember how this song came to my notice. I only know that I've always enjoyed singing it and it was an easier one to play. It also has one of my favorite things when one or two of the parts sing a solo--in this case it is the treble voices.

It is another Restoration song (since the first few are the Restoration section). This one mentions a prophet now again on earth, and that ancient prophets saw our day. It also talks of the Priesthood. These are two wondrous things to have on the earth again--definite reasons to rejoice!

From the history book
Ha ha--what I just said is right in the first paragraph about this song! I must be in good company. :-) The description also tells of the scriptures in 2 Nephi 3 that mention Joseph the Latter-day prophet as well as Joseph in Egypt--and I just read that chapter a couple days ago! Fresh in the mind. The lyricist and composer wrote this song in only a few minutes and had it performed the same night when asked to submit a song for consideration in a new hymnal. That is impressive! One other connection--the composer has a venue named after him. It is at BYU. And it is where I sang in my concerts for University Chorale (two of them) and Women's Chorus (3.25 semesters, which included priceless memories of participating in all the Combined Choirs), as well as many performances of all varieties that I have watched there. I adore that Performance Hall. I didn't realize this was his hymn. It may be all the more special to me now.


  1. 1. Come, sing to the Lord, his name to praise.
    He in these latter days did raise
    A prophet to his name,
    The blessed gospel to restore.
    Come, sing to the Lord, his name adore!
  2. 2. The prophets of old beheld this day,
    Its glory told in wondrous lay.
    They saw our prophet dear,
    Who times of fulness ushered in.
    Come, sing to the Lord, his praises ring!
  3. 3. The keys of the priesthood of our Lord
    To us in fulness are restored,
    Their blessings to bestow,
    And pow'rs divine are manifest.
    Come, sing to the Lord, his name be blessed!
  4. Text and music: Gerrit de Jong Jr., 1892-1978

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

LDS Hymn #9

This hymn is not sung much in the congregations I have been in (unless I am picking the music!). But I know I've heard the Tabernacle Choir sing it a couple of times as in General Conference.

It is one about Rejoicing, so of course I love it. It rejoices about the Restoration of the Gospel, about the Savior. You sing this song with its uplifting tune and how can you not be thrilled and excited about the joys and wonders of the Gospel and the Kingdom being built and Christ coming again soon.

What I never understood in this hymn is that the last line is the same in every verse, yet they didn't condense it like they do in other hymns into just one line. Oh well. So it is.

From the history book
Well how do you like that--this was the first hymn in the 1950 hymnal, and yet we rarely sing it now. Very sad. Lyricist and composer is the same person, who said the music was always easier to write than words--but they sure did a great job with the words on this one! The music is fun to sing and also inspiring, and the words go perfectly. I like it.


  1. 1. Come, rejoice, the King of glory
    Speaks to earth again.
    Gladsome words ring out from heaven,
    Joyous, wondrous strain.
    Truth bursts forth in radiant light,
    Showing all the path of right.
  2. (Chorus]
    Shout hosanna to his name;
    One and all his might proclaim.
  3. 2. Angels, messengers from heaven,
    Come to earth once more;
    Bring to men the glorious gospel;
    Priceless truths restore.
    Let all hear who live today!
    This is life, the truth, the way.
  4. 3. Great, oh, great is Christ our Savior.
    None can stay his hand.
    Now he brings to us salvation,
    Cheering ev'ry land.
    Sing, rejoice, the King of love
    Speaks to earth from heav'n above.
  5. Text and music: Tracy Y. Cannon, 1879-1961, adapted (c) 1948 IRI.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

LDS Hymn #8

(My first hymn write up with no YouTube video of it being performed. You can listen to the tune at the to link, though.)

The first time this song fully came to my attention was many years ago in General Conference. The choir had just sung the song, and then Pres. Hinckley (who was conducting the session) came to the pulpit and said, "Awake, but please don't arise." It made me laugh and the song stood out to me ever since. It is a fun one to play for me because there are parts constantly moving, usually close together which has made playing it on the organ easier than some songs.

I like the lyrics, because they are calling to the world saying the Gospel has been restored--reasons to rejoice and spreading that Gospel all over as well.

From the history book
The man who wrote the lyrics is actually the grandfather of the woman who wrote the tune. How neat--I wondered what the connection was with the similar names. Brother Curtis also wrote "Come Unto Him (Hymn #114), "Lean on My Ample Arm" (Hymn #120), and "Again, Our Dear Redeeming Lord" (Hymn #179). Those first two are hymns that I very much love. The third is one I have been coming to know in the last few years as music director (and we sing all of the songs in the book). I really like the harmonies in it. The words are being learned, but they are very good, too. All 3 were in the 1950 hymnal. Sister Green decided to put her grandfather's poem to music to submit for the new hymnal. It won 1st place in the 1984 Ensign writing contest and was accepted into the 1985 hymnal. She named the tune after her father, her grandfather's son. To quote: "The composer's goal was to convey 'what a child and loving parent feel when the parent wakes the child from sleep to see or do something beautiful.'" Isn't that wonderful? Oh, I like that.


  1. 1. Awake and arise, O ye slumbering nations!
    The heavens have opened their portals again.
    The last and the greatest of all dispensations
    Has burst like a dawn o'er the children of men!
  2. 2. The dream of the poet, the crown of the ages,
    The time which the prophets of Israel foretold,
    That glorious day only dreamed by the sages
    Is yours, O ye slumbering nations; behold!
  3. 3. Oh, lift up your voices in song and in story.
    Let banners of peace in all lands be unfurled,
    For truth, heaven-born, in its beauty and glory
    Is marching triumphantly over the world.
  4. Text: Theodore E. Curtis, 1872-1957. (c) 1984 IRI
    Music: Carolee Curtis Green, b. 1940. (c) 1984 IRI

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

LDS Hymn #7

I think this song stood out more in my mind as I grew up because I liked the tune. The words are, of course, great, and about when the Lord will come again. Calling people (or Israel) to repentance so they can be there when He comes again...or at least return to Him one day if they are not on earth for the Second Coming. My favorite lines are actually the 3rd (which is repeated in the 4th):

And within her walls rejoice
For your coming Lord is nigh
Zion's walls shall ring with praise

For the girl who has spent many years (and literally hundreds of blog entries on this blog as well as my journal blog!) trying to find happiness, joy, and reasons to rejoice, I absolutely adore lines in song about joy and rejoicing!

From the history book
It talks about how it is not just a symbolic invitation of Zion (the pure in heart), but for the author it was a literal invitation, one he issued on the 3 missions he served (all of them in Great Britain and Ireland) where he encouraged them to join the Saints in America.

I did not know this about the tune. Apparently this was a very popular tune for the early LDS and sang many songs to it (including "O My Father" [292] and "What Was Witnessed in the Heavens" [11]). Even more so, I had no idea that other denominations sing "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" to this. I have only ever known the first line of that song--and never connected that it is the same tune as the first line of this hymn! But it is nice to know I was in very good company by liking the tune so much as I grew up.'


  1. 1. Israel, Israel, God is calling,
    Calling thee from lands of woe.
    Babylon the great is falling;
    God shall all her tow'rs o'erthrow.
    Come to Zion, come to Zion
    Ere his floods of anger flow.
    Come to Zion, come to Zion
    Ere his floods of anger flow.
  2. 2. Israel, Israel, God is speaking.
    Hear your great Deliv'rer's voice!
    Now a glorious morn is breaking
    For the people of his choice.
    Come to Zion, come to Zion,
    And within her walls rejoice.
    Come to Zion, come to Zion,
    And within her walls rejoice.
  3. 3. Israel, angels are descending
    From celestial worlds on high,
    And to man their pow'r extending,
    That the Saints may homeward fly.
    Come to Zion, come to Zion,
    For your coming Lord is nigh.
    Come to Zion, come to Zion,
    For your coming Lord is nigh.
  4. 4. Israel! Israel! Canst thou linger
    Still in error's gloomy ways?
    Mark how judgment's pointing finger
    Justifies no vain delays.
    Come to Zion, come to Zion!
    Zion's walls shall ring with praise.
    Come to Zion, come to Zion!
    Zion's walls shall ring with praise.
  5. Text: Richard Smyth, 1838-1914
    Music: Charles C. Converse, 1832-1918