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.