Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls!

I had a remarkable experience this week… I had the privilege to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in front of Joseph Smith’s Frame Home, overlooking the Sacred Grove! We sang Joseph Smith’s First Prayer, An Angel From On High, and God Be With You Til We Meet Again. It was exciting and unreal, but the thing that remains with me is the wonderful spirit that I was able to feel as I listened to the music around me. President J. Reuben Clark Jr. said, “We get nearer to the Lord through music than perhaps through any other thing except prayer.” I know that this is true, because as we sang, I felt the reality of the sacred events that occurred there over 180 years ago.

Our leaders have told us that music invites the Spirit of the Lord, creates a feeling of reverence, unifies us, and provides a way for us to offer praises to the Lord. Music moves us to repentance and good works, builds testimony and faith, comforts the weary, consoles the mourning, and inspires us to endure to the end. It has boundless powers for moving families toward greater spirituality and devotion to the gospel. Music can bring families a spirit of beauty and can inspire love and unity among family members. Music can lift our spirits, give us courage, and move us to righteous action. It can fill our souls with heavenly thoughts and bring us a spirit of peace. Hymns can also help us withstand the temptations of the adversary. Sing as you work, as you play, and as you travel together. Sing as you drive, sing with your friends, sing by yourself! As you make uplifting music a part of your life, you will feel it’s power to make a difference.

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One response to “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls!

  1. As a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, I feel I was the priveledged one to be able to sing at this sacred site last week. Those who were there to greet us gave us something they probably didn’t even realize. Love. Palmyra is sacred; otherwise how could we explain the spirit we feel there? At least one miracle happened that day–two women traveling with our our group (one our bus driver and the other her sister who briefly joined us) each felt the spirit. Our tour director was in tune enough to ask for their thoughts, and they independently yet simultaneously declared their intentions to join the church. And they want to include the choir in their baptismal service, so they plan to travel to Salt Lake City for their baptism in the coming months. (Can you imagine having 600 people at that service?) What a pleasure to share in their joy! That was the highlight of my tour experience.

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