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Why Music on this Blog?

Family History, Path of Discipleship
Author: Mark
Friday, April 24, 2015
4:11 am


Why am I sharing the music I wrote on this blog (like this and this) , “My Path of Discipleship?”

Two reasons:

First, the “Things of my Soul” I share on this blog include tidbits drawn from my personal and family history. These “vignettes” of my life are bits and pieces of my personal pathway of Christian discipleship.

Second, music is an integral part of my life.  I favor religious instrumentals and solo/small group vocals plus old time country. And a bit of classical mixed in. Why that diversity?  

Heber J. Grant  and Hank Williams are my musical heroes. 

Heber J. Grant (7th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) couldn’t sing very well (like me), so he practiced and practiced and practiced until he became the “strongest singer in the church.” Not the best, mind you, but the strongest.

Hank Williams (the legendary country singer/songwriter) may have been been somewhat at the opposite end of the spiritual spectrum from President Grant, although he did favor us with the great “Praise the Lord, I saw the Light.” Plus, he built an entire career on three guitar chords (which is all I can play).

In the early days of the Church, Joseph Smith’s wife Emma was directed by the Lord to compile a collection of sacred hymns, which would become the first hymnbook of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We’re come a long way from that original hymnbook.  The current edition is even on line!

The 25th section of the Doctrine and Covenants, through which Emma received her divine instruction, includes these words from Christ:

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)

I like that.  It is comforting to know that when I sing a hymn of praise to Christ, I am praying to him, for comfort, solace, direction and forgiveness.  I have felt his Spirit draw near me many, many times through music.

To close this post, I share a video from The Lower Lights, a favorite group that offer unique renditions of sacred hymns with a country flair. This song is available on the album, A Hymn Revival.



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