- “A Calling for a Convert” (April 2012 Liahona and Ensign)
A member shares her story how as a young girl she sacrificed so she could learn to play the piano.
- “A Family in Tune”(May 2009Friend)
Learn about Emeline and William, a brother and sister from Texas who love singing Primary songs.
- “A Gift of Music” (December 2005 Liahona and Friend)
President David O. McKay (1873–1970) loved music. When his adult son sold his prized violin to pay bills, President McKay bought it back and gave it to his son as a gift.
- “An Angel Came to Joseph Smith” (April 2007 Liahona and Friend)
- “Better than Lullabies”(October 2012Friend)
Six-year-old Payson shares how listening to Primary songs makes him happy.
- “Chrissy’s Song” (August 1998 Liahona and January 1998 Friend)
A young girl learns from Emma Smith and Doctrine and Covenants section 25 after she doesn’t want to sing in Primary anymore.
- “Comforting Lucy” (September 2009 Liahona and Friend)
A young girl is comforted after the death of her grandmother by singing Primary songs.
- “Courage and a Kind Word” (July 2004 Liahona and Friend)
Evan Stephens was a poor farm boy who was too ashamed of his clothes to sing for President Brigham Young. But the prophet’s kind words comforted Evan, and he later directed the Tabernacle Choir.
- “Grace’s Song”(May 2010Friend)
A young girl is nervous about singing in sacrament meeting but she is happy she can sing about Jesus.
- “In Tune”(September 2012Friend)
Two sisters discover that listening to worldly music on Sunday morning affects their mood as they get ready for church and causes them to argue.
- “Learning to Sing” (July 2004 Liahona and Friend)
President Heber J. Grant (1856–1945) couldn’t sing as young boy, but he practiced hard and shared his love of music with others.
- “Lightning Strikes”(February 2008Friend)
Kent shares his talent by playing the piano for a musical number in sacrament meeting.
- “Music for the Heart”(August 2011Friend)
Elder Yoon Hwan Choi shares an experience of how his young son appreciated sacred music.
- “Playing the Hymns”(May 2009Friend)
Elder Lowell M. Snow shares how he learned to play the piano as a boy and how that gave him opportunities to serve throughout his life.
- “Playing the Piano”(April 2007Friend)
President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) didn’t want to learn the piano, but this skill helped him as a student, a missionary, and an Apostle.
- “Praying and Singing to Heavenly Father” (July 2009 Liahona and Friend)
Elder Michael John U. Teh shares how he learned as a young boy to love Primary songs.
- “Primary Pianists” (April 2010 Liahona and Friend)
Children talk about playing the piano for their ward’s Primary sacrament meeting program presentation.
- “Service with a Song”(May 2002Friend)
Three-year-old Dallin helps make some older women happy by visiting them and sharing music with them.
- “Special Witness: Does It Really Matter What Kind of Music I Listen to?”(May 2008Friend)
President Boyd K. Packer shares how important it is to listen to appropriate music.
- “Stirling’s Great Idea” (June 2013 Friend)
Stirling says a prayer and sings primary songs with his family to help them finish a hard hike.
- “Tara’s Music”(July 1994Friend)
A 10-year-old girl who was recently baptized finds a way to share the gospel with her family when she tells her mom how singing Primary songs makes her happy.
- “The Song of the Heart”(October 2012Friend)
A boy sings Primary songs in his mind when he can’t get away from bad language on the school bus.
- “The Two Secrets”(March 2012Friend)
Heather learns the two secrets of music performance while learning to play the violin.
- “A Musical Picnic” (July 2007 Friend)
Read musical notes to finish this story about a picnic.
- “Choose the Right Media” (April 2012 Friend)
This activity provides children with a checklist of what they can do to choose good media, including music.
- Family Home Evening Idea: Hymns and Good Music
President Heber J. Grant (1856–1945) understood the importance of good music. Read “Learning to Sing”(July 2004LiahonaandFriend). Then, to learn more about the Mormon Tabernacle Choir radio broadcast he helped establish, read “Seventy-Fifth Anniversary ofMusic and the Spoken Word”(July 2004LiahonaandFriend). Have each family member choose a favorite hymn to sing and, if possible, take turns practicing leading the music (see the back of the hymnbook to learn the beat patterns).
- Family Home Evening Idea: Listening to Good Music
Start by naming some of your favorite songs and types of music. What do you like about music? Then read “Words of Warning” (February 2005 Friend) and discuss why some songs and types of music are bad for us to listen to. Sing or play a verse from each family member’s favorite hymn or Primary song. (If family members play musical instruments, they may wish to prepare a musical number in advance.) Notice the spirit that good music brings!
- “For Little Friends: Music” (November 1995 Friend)
A poem about music that includes actions to go with the words.
- “Sharing Time: The Songs of the Gospel Bring Peace” (July 1994 Friend)
Tells how David enjoyed music and an activity for children to write their own psalm of things they are grateful for.