Friday, December 2, 2016
LDS Hymn #38
This hymn first came to my attention from the LDS pioneer movie Legacy. A woman begins singing it as a solo at the cornerstone ceremony for the Nauvoo temple in the film. At the time I didn't realize it was in the hymnbook. The song was one of countless melodies that stuck in my head (I am fairly good with tonal memory, thus, countless.....). And then one day I was looking in the hymnbook. I saw the title of that one and the melody immediately came to me. It's weird to realize you know a hymn without knowing you do! Of course, I didn't have the words memorized. Just the first couple of lines. And I still don't have all 4 verses memorized. But I am familiar that it is a hymn of the restoration and proclaiming the Gospel to the world, thus gathering Israel which has great reasons to rejoice. It is not one that is sung often in congregations today. So many of those.... :-(
From the history book
The first and last verse are to those who have heard the gospel. The second and third are to those who are searching for truth. It used to be a hymn for the men, with the first line being "Come all ye sons." But the word was changed so it was move inclusive for congregations to sing it.