Inspirational music can help you feel the Spirit of the Lord. These official guidelines and policies have been provided to assist you in using music in Church meetings and at home.
The First Presidency preface to the hymnbook suggests that using hymns can bless us in meetings, in our homes, and in our personal lives.
Three months after the Church was organized, the Lord, through the Prophet Joseph Smith, instructed Joseph's wife, Emma, to make a selection of sacred hymns for the Church: "For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads" (D&C 25:12).
In addition, President Boyd K. Packer has taught us the power of music in our personal lives to channel our thoughts and avoid temptations.
The following material is intended to help you use the hymnbook effectively. Included are explanations of the elements of the hymnbook; discussions on using the hymns for congregations, choirs, and special groups; and information for beginning music directors, organists, and pianists.