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!