Tuesday, November 8, 2016
LDS Hymn #21
(Sorry it has been a while! A couple of late nights and then a couple of days with no internet.)
I love this song. The tune is wonderful. It is fun to sing. Bright and joyful and hopeful, which works really well conveying feelings one should have because we have a living prophet today. The hymn also talks of how we need a living prophet, and reminds us how a prophet today leads and warns the same was the ancient prophets did.
From the history book
OK, I am too lazy (and in pain) to go grab the book from the other room. But my memory tells me that the 4th verse was written by Bruce R. McConkie because he wanted to give an admonition for us to follow. Since the previous 2 verses are a bit more about the Restoration, the 4th ties in with the 1st verse asking you to come listen. (I could be making that reason up....) When I had read that a different composer wrote the 4th verse, I decided to do a little arrangement for the YSA branch choir I was director of a few years ago. We sang the first 3 verses as the hymnal had them, then we did the 4th verse to the tune of "As Zion's Youth in Latter Days" (Hymn #??) I liked the outcome. Not sure what others' thought, but it has made the hymn stand out to me ever since.