Sunday, December 4, 2016
LDS Hymn #39
This is not one I could call the tune to mind if asked. But looking at the hymn, I can figure it out. It has some fun running parts for the women. The text is to all the Saints of Zion (meaning all the Church). It is a pleading to all of us of what to do because of the great blessings and reasons we haev to rejoice with the Gospel being restored in our day.
From the history book
It mentions that 2 parables are referenced in the hymn. That would explain the familiarity of some of the text. The text was in existence when the tune composer provided the musical setting, giving it a bit of a march quality. The hymn used to be called "O Sons of Zion," which likely got mistaken to be a Priesthood hymn, so it was not sung as much. Thus the change for the 1985 hymnal.