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 31, 2016

LDS Hymn #19

This hymn has been sung so much in my lifetime, that I had it pretty much memorized by the time I was in college. I absolutely love the words. But there is an irony which my Dad first helped me notice--the only thing that talks about a prophet is the very first line of the first verse. And that is it. Yet this is the song we often sing when there is a fireside or some such that the prophet comes to speak at. There are a couple of other songs that are more fully about prophets. And my dad and mom wrote a hymn about them, too. But this is the one we always sing. The irony is what gets to me on that, but otherwise, I love this hymn. I love that it is a gratitude hymn, telling of all the things we are grateful that Heavenly Father has given us through the restored Gospel.

Favorite lines:
To lighten our minds with its [Gospel] rays
***There is hope smiling brightly before us***
We doubt not the Lord nor his goodness
The entire 3rd verse.

From the history book
George Pyper described it as "exclusively a Latter-day Saint hymn; a Mormon heart-throb; a song of the Restoration." The author William Fowler was a convert who served as a missionary in England before coming to America. He presented this at a meeting while in England, while President Joseph F. Smith was visiting.

The composer wrote the tune and words when an officer friend of hers was killed in battle. So a song that was written to honor someone's life became one of great praise. And there was an editing change in the 1985 hymnal to accommodate what congregations had gotten in the habit of singing. (Third line should have been A A A A A G F on "lighten our minds with its rays." But now it is A A B A A G F.)


  1. 1. We thank thee, O God, for a prophet
    To guide us in these latter days.
    We thank thee for sending the gospel
    To lighten our minds with its rays.
    We thank thee for every blessing
    Bestowed by thy bounteous hand.
    We feel it a pleasure to serve thee
    And love to obey thy command.
  2. 2. When dark clouds of trouble hang o'er us
    And threaten our peace to destroy,
    There is hope smiling brightly before us,
    And we know that deliv'rance is nigh.
    We doubt not the Lord nor his goodness.
    We've proved him in days that are past.
    The wicked who fight against Zion
    Will surely be smitten at last.
  3. 3. We'll sing of his goodness and mercy.
    We'll praise him by day and by night,
    Rejoice in his glorious gospel,
    And bask in its life-giving light.
    Thus on to eternal perfection
    The honest and faithful will go,
    While they who reject this glad message
    Shall never such happiness know.
  4. Text: William Fowler, 1830-1865
    Music: Caroline Sheridan Norton, 1808-ca. 1877

Sunday, October 30, 2016

LDS Hymn #18

This one is one of the ~30 hymns that I am quite unfamiliar with. I know it now simply because it was one my organ teacher had me learn to play (without pedal). The altos get a fun part! Only two verses, but the text of this Restoration hymn makes sure to pack in that we have been freed because of the truth restored, including the dead because of the work that is now possible for them. And it also talks of missionary work and what great reasons we have to rejoice. While it seems many of the hymns lately have those topics included, each one still conveys it in its own words, with its author's own way with words and imagery.

From the history book
This hymn was originally part of a cantata that the author was commissioned to write by the Church, commemorating 100 years since Joseph Smith's First Vision. The author (Karen Davidson) even says that choirs and congregations are passing up a fine hymn affirming the message of the Restoration if they don't sing this one. Perhaps she said that because she knows it is one of the lesser sung hymns.


  1. 1. The voice of God again is heard.
    The silence has been broken.
    The curse of darkness is withdrawn.
    The Lord from heav'n has spoken.
    Rejoice, ye living and ye dead!
    Rejoice, for your salvation
    Begins anew this happy morn
    Of final dispensation.
  2. 2. O messengers of truth, go forth,
    Proclaim the gospel story,
    Go forth the nations to prepare
    To greet the King of glory.
    We shout hosanna, shout again,
    Till all creation blending
    Shall join in one great, grand amen
    Of anthems never ending.
  3. Evan Stephens, 1854-1930
    Text and music: Evan Stephens, 1854-1930

Saturday, October 29, 2016

LDS Hymn #17

This is another hymn, not often song, that if asked to hum it on the spot, I would not quite remember it. But as soon as I see the music I remember. This is an odd one to lead when I am not as familiar with any non-soprano parts. For in this song we get one of the fun composings when there is a "solo" or "soli" part. Only in this case, all parts are singing except soprano. So as I lead, I wonder if I should switch to at least alto on that part. It feels weird, but it would be so much the odder to not be singing (or at least mouthing) the words while I am up there conducting the congregation in the hymn.

While this is a Restoration song, it doesn't talk as much about the events that brought the Restoration about as it does how we should be as Saints. We now have the fulness of the Gospel restored, so we have more of a responsibility to be obedient and living that Gospel.

From the history book
The hymn talks about the Lord's protection of the Saints, which had another meaning back in the early days of the Church and all the persecution they endured. There were 3 other verses (2, 4, and 6) that more specifically referred to those persecutions. AND it turns out the 1985 Hymnbook Committee tried to avoid printing extra verses at the bottom of the page. Probably because they knew as we now see it happening that congregations just don't bother singing those "extra" verses.

Verse 2 mentions "blood of those that [were] slaughtered." Definitely not the cheeriest verse to sing  in church now! Reminds me of one of the hymns from the older hymnbook about "How many on Missorui's plains were massacred, they bled...." Yeah.

I rather like the other 2 verses, especially #4. So I will just put them here:

Then let your souls be stayed on God,
A glorious scene is drawing nigh;
Though tempests gather like a flood,
The storm, though fierce, will soon pass by.

Our God in judgement will come near;
His mighty arm he will make bare.
For Zion's sake he will appear;
Then, O ye Saints, awake, prepare!


  1. 1. Awake, ye Saints of God, awake!
    Call on the Lord in mighty prayer
    That he will Zion's bondage break
    And bring to naught the tempter's snare,
    And bring to naught the tempter's snare.
  2. 2. Tho Zion's foes have counseled deep,
    Although they bind with fetters strong,
    The God of Jacob does not sleep;
    His vengeance will not slumber long;
    His vengeance will not slumber long.
  3. 3. With constant faith and fervent prayer,
    With deep humility of soul,
    With steadfast mind and heart, prepare
    To see th'eternal purpose roll,
    To see th'eternal purpose roll.
  4. 4. Awake to righteousness; be one,
    Or, saith the Lord, "Ye are not mine!"
    Yea, like the Father and the Son,
    Let all the Saints in union join.
    Let all the Saints in union join.
  5. Text: Eliza R. Snow, 1804-1887
    Music: Evan Stephens, 1854-1930

Thursday, October 27, 2016

LDS Hymn #16

Definitely one of the hymns rarely sung. I am not familiar with the words, but the tune rings a slight familiar chord (ha ha ha....) when I look it over. It is not one that I can hum right away if asked on the spot with the music. But even not knowing it well myself, it is a nice tune. The lyrics are about the wondrous blessings that now come to every land--the world--because the Gospel has been restored. Those scattered will be brought back through missionary work.  The captive--both alive and especially those who have gone on before--now have the chance to be free. As the title says, it is all glorious! And I think the tune helps to reflect that.

Can't help but have a little smile that the third verse has "there their" in it. :-)

From the history book
The author of the hymn is anonymous, but must have accepted at least the Book of Mormon, since that is "Ephraim's records" referred to in verse 1, according to Bruce R. McConkie. The text was first printed in 1840, but the tune did not come until 1889.


  1. 1. What glorious scenes mine eyes behold!
    What wonders burst upon my view!
    When Ephraim's records I unfold,
    All things appear divinely new.
    All things appear divinely new.
  2. 2. Good news to earth have angels borne,
    Which fills our souls with joy and peace.
    Good tidings comfort those who mourn
    And bring the captive full release,
    And bring the captive full release.
  3. 3. The scattered sheep, who once were sold
    In darkness o'er the mountains far,
    Shall now return unto their fold
    And there their waiting hearts prepare,
    And there their waiting hearts prepare.
  4. 4. Now Israel, long oppressed and grieved
    In ev'ry land, in ev'ry clime,
    Shall hear the word of God and live;
    This is the time, the chosen time.
    This is the time, the chosen time.
  5. Text: Anon., ca. 1840
    Music: Ebenezer Beesley, 1840-1906

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

LDS Hymn #15

Mom once had us, in our ward choir back in DE, a hymn entitled I Sing the Mighty Power of God. I remember we members laughed a bit at the words and the not quite rhyming potential of some of them. Some time later,  I heard Mack Wilberg's arrangement of that hymn. I loved the tune! The words seemed to go better, too. Soon after, I either heard or sang Hymn #15, and realized it was the same tune! I was so excited that we had a hymn to that tune because it is so fun to sing. Not always to play, but oh well. A few years later, I watched the Christmas special of a then-new favorite British show, and they sang this tune with the words of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. I loved that so much, that a few years later, when I became my ward's choir director, I took the Mack Wilberg arrangement of the tune, and put the Christmas carol's words to it. Absolutely loved the outcome.

Remembering that there is more to this hymn than the tune, I have looked at the words, too. It is about the Angel (Moroni) who came and brought the glad tidings that led to the Restoration of the Gospel. Mentions the many ways that message will affect us, bringing joy, calming doubts, chasing away fears. The message lets everyone know that it is Christ's Gospel, and He is our friend. (Always love it when Christ is referred to as our friend.) I really love this hymn--wish it was sung more!

From the history book
The text is not "of Latter-day Saint origin. It is an anonymous poetic rendering of the scripture in Revelation" 14:6-7. Its original tune in the 1950 hymnal was by George Careless, but it was labeled as a choir hymn because it was difficult to sing. The tune we sing today (the one I love!!) is often used in Protestant hymnals. O Little Town of Bethlehem can be sung to it as well. (Come to think of it, maybe that's what the cast on the show sang and I already knew those 2 Christmas hymns were interchangeable....) There were originally 5 verses, which totaled 2.5 verses in the new format/tune. So the music for half of the last verse had no words. "The solution was to rewrite the last verse...to make it twice as long, still basing the words on the passage from Revelation." Which makes sense while that last few words of the last verse are about missionary work--sharing those glad tidings the angel brought.


  1. 1. I saw a mighty angel fly;
    To earth he bent his way,
    A message bearing from on high
    To cheer the sons of day.
    Truth is the message which he bears,
    The gospel's joyful sound,
    To calm our doubts, to chase our fears,
    And make our joys abound.
  2. 2. He cries, and with a mighty voice;
    Ye nations lend an ear,
    And isles and continents rejoice:
    The great Redeemer's near!
    He cries; let ev'ry ear attend,
    And thrones and empires all!
    Fear God, and make the Lord your friend,
    The King, the Lord of all!
  3. 3. Fear God, who made the water pure,
    The heavens, sea, and land.
    His judgment will be swift and sure;
    The day is nigh at hand.
    Then, all ye people, worship God;
    Give glory to his name!
    To spread these tidings far abroad
    The holy angel came.
  4. Text: Anon., ca. 1840
  5. MUSIC
    English melody, arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

LDS Hymn #14

This was one of the "we need a short hymn because there isn't much time left in a meeting" hymns. That is until I, as music director with my co-goal (with the organist) to sing all verses, noticed that this hymn has 7 verses! Being an only 2 line song, this is the equivalent of a regular 3 verse (slightly more I suppose) hymn that we always sing. However, I don't think I have picked this hymn, yet, because there is something about their faces when they sing verses "outside of the lines." Especially if it is more than 1 or 2. Their eyes seem to bug out and they start to get antsy. It's ridiculous really--especially with a short hymn like this. But since I already ask my ward to sing many of the "lesser known" hymns (at least to them), and I have them stand for the intermediate hymns, I pick my battles. :-)

Regardless of the number of verses, I am quite familiar with the tune of this song, which I have always liked. A fairly easy one for me to play. Looking closer at the words, I like those, too. Like the title, they bring a sweet message. And a hopeful one, too. The hymn talks about how the Gospel brings peace, ability to resist temptation, hope in the Savior's coming, and strength to endure until then.

From the history book
The passage points out how much thought, seeking, and reason are an important part of the hymn, and how Latter-day Saints resonate well with that because it is a part of our doctrine. We must "seek things out" for ourselves and work out our own salvation. Many other religions don't like that aspect. The book also points out that the text was part of LDS tradition since it was printed in 1852, but the first time the tune appeared was not until 1948. The name of the tune is Cache, after Cache Valley where the composer was from. A fun thing about now living in Utah (and having traveled throughout it) is that I am so much more familiar with the geography, so I can appreciate tidbits like that, having been there a few times myself.


  1. 1. Sweet is the peace the gospel brings
    To seeking minds and true.
    With light refulgent on its wings,
    It clears the human view.
  2. 2. Its laws and precepts are divine
    And show a Father's care.
    Transcendent love and mercy shine
    In each injunction there.
  3. 3. Faithless tradition flees its pow'r,
    And unbelief gives way.
    The gloomy clouds, which used to low'r,
    Submit to reason's sway.
  4. 4. May we who know the sacred Name
    From every sin depart.
    Then will the Spirit's constant flame
    Preserve us pure in heart.
  5. 5. Ere long the tempter's power will cease,
    And sin no more annoy,
    No wrangling sects disturb our peace,
    Or mar our heartfelt joy.
  6. 6. That which we have in part received
    Will be in part no more,
    For he in whom we all believe
    To us will all restore.
  7. 7. In patience, then, let us possess
    Our souls till he appear.
    On to our mark of calling press;
    Redemption draweth near.
  8. Text: Mary Ann Morton Durham, 1826-1897
    Music: Alfred M. Durham, 1872-1957. (c) 1948 IRI

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