97944_000_009Like great art, the hymns are tone pictures of the gospel’s beauty. Here is a gallery of favorites.
“Blessed be the name of our God; let us sing to his praise” (Alma 26:8).
At the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ, angels sang of his coming, and after the Last Supper, Jesus and the Apostles sang a hymn. In the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord tells Emma Smith that music should be an important part of our lives too: “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). On the following pages, we’ve gathered pictures of the Savior and words from LDS hymns about the Savior. As you read, think about the meaning of the words and the meaning of his life.
(“If You Could Hie to Kolob,” Hymns, no. 284)
(“Come, Ye Children of the Lord,” Hymns, no. 58)
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you” (John 14:27).
(“Come unto Jesus,” Hymns, no. 117)
(“Redeemer of Israel,” Hymns, no. 6)
(“Upon the Cross of Calvary,” Hymns, no. 184)
(“There Is a Green Hill Far Away,” Hymns, no. 194)
(“Jesus the Very Thought of Thee,” Hymns, no. 141)
“I am the light and the life of the world” (3 Ne. 11:11).
(“Jesus, Once of Humble Birth,” Hymns, no. 196)
(“He Is Risen!” Hymns, no. 199)
(“How Great Thou Art,” Hymns, no. 86)
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(“The Lord Is My Light,” Hymns, no. 89)
Hearts in Harmony
Power. That’s what the seminary council at East High School in Salt Lake City wanted. Not the power that builds fortunes or lights buildings, but the power that builds testimonies and lights the fire of the Spirit.
The council members decided to draw on all their powers of creativity to create an opening assembly for the school year that would get everyone excited about following the Savior. They knew that music is an especially powerful tool (particularly hymns, like the ones you’ve read on these pages), and that when paired with visual images, it is even more effective. The scriptures have power, too. So they decided to find a scriptural theme for the whole seminary to live by for the year.
But they knew that to make a good decision, they would have to rely on another power—the power of prayer.
“When we got together to make the final selection for our scripture theme for the year, we knelt down and prayed,” says Meggan Felt. “After we voted, it seemed that everyone knew the right scripture.”
That scripture was 2 Timothy 1:7–8: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord.” [2 Tim. 1:7–8] A scripture that talks, not only about power, but also about love. It was a perfect fit.
“This scripture is a reminder to me that the Savior is always there,” says council member Enos Beebe.
And, after seeing the assembly that the council had spent hours putting together, which featured a slideshow of artwork of the Savior paired with music about his life, other students echoed Enos’s thoughts about the scripture. And that made all the work worth it.
Even if it did take a “powerful” long time.