Why aren’t the National Anthems of all countries included in the hymnbook?

Why aren’t the National Anthems of all countries included in the hymnbook?

Question

Gramps,

Why is the US national anthem included in the LDS hymnbook? Does it mean that the national anthems of other countries are less worthy (for want of a better word) to be included?

Jose

 

Answer

Dear Jose,

I had to do a little research on this one!  I’m not certain why the US Anthem is in the hymnbook while the anthems from other countries aren’t. There is a note in the hymnbook that states:

National Anthems

A few patriotic songs have been included in the hymnbook; with priesthood approval, local national anthems may be added. Members may stand for national anthems in Church meetings according to local custom and priesthood direction.

It is my understanding that some countries (with priesthood approval) paste their national anthem in the back of their hymnbooks.

 

Gramps

Why can’t our hymns have more of a beat or rhythm?

Why can’t our hymns have more of a beat or rhythm?

Question

Gramps,

I love following the beat or rhythm to a song (without improper words).  What I don’t understand is why does the hymn song book not have the beats that we enjoy?   It’s all too quiet except for the song “Called to Serve.”   Someone once told me the Lord requires reverence in His church.  But my question is how can we enjoy music when it means nothing?

Dallas (more…)

Should we listen to Christian Rock Music?

Should we listen to Christian Rock Music?

Question

Gramps,

I am an LDS mom of four children. One of the things we enjoy together is listening to christian rock music. We’ve even gone to two big music concerts in the past year together. We find the music uplifting and encouraging. It reminds us of the goodness of God and that he loves all people of all religions. Recently my kids have gotten ridiculed by other members of the church say that it is bad and teaches false doctrine. The only thing I could think of telling my kids was to look to the scripture specifically Moroni 7:16-18. I feel that although we occasionally find as song with tid bits of false doctrine that we talk about it and then just don’t listen to that song, much like you would do with many of the other popular musicians. But I do not see a reason to throw out all christian music that isn’t written by LDS artist. So my question Is am I missing the mark here? Should we stop listening to this music?

Kelly

 

Answer

Kelly,

Let me see if I understand you correctly. You are a mother of 4 kids and you found an activity that you all can enjoy together. A chance for you to bond with your kids and your kids to bond to you and to each other. To make good memories of happy times. In addition to  that it also gives you a chance to teach true doctrine to your kids in a way that flows naturally, without being preachy or being forced, because they have become interested.

And that you are considering throwing that all away because some nosey busy bodies think they know better then you on the right way to raise your children?

The only suggestion I really have for you is to maybe look for more opportunities to share. Continue to explain to your kids why you have restricted some songs.  Help them understand how they can tell the difference between false teachings and true ones so that they can learn how to do it themselves.

Because the world is full of false doctrines and teachings that run counter to the gospel, and giving your kids the strength, skill and knowledge to reject them and counter with truth. This is one of the greatest ‘gifts’ you can give them.

 

Gramps

 

Good and Bad Music

Good and Bad Music

I’ve been listening alot to Native American inspired music lately. It has helped me to focus and study. Then I began to listen to some of my older music, but I began to wonder, what makes music good or bad? I read in a previous question you answered that we shouldn’t get caught up in the emotion of the rhythm and beat. What do you mean by that? Don’t we create music to express our emotion, so in turn, others would feel that as well? I’ve noticed that lots of my older music seems to send me into a type of trance where I cannot focus, but I seem to drift away from the world. Is that the bad that you mean?

Rachel (more…)

Little Drummer Boy in Sacrament Meeting

Little Drummer Boy in Sacrament Meeting

There is a song I would like to sing during Sacrament in December which is not in our hymnal. Little Drummer Boy. Certain brethren (not of the bishopric) have told me that it is not appropriate. I can understand Jingle Bells or Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, but I grew up with Little Drummer Boy as a valid song to praise Christ’s birth. I converted in my mid-30s so it could just be an errant teaching. Yet something tells me that Jesus would still appreciate it. What do you think?

DD (more…)

The Book of Mormon Musical

The Book of Mormon Musical

I recently learned about the Book of Mormon Musical on Broadway. I was wondering what the church’s attitude on this was? I was listening to it and found the songs terribly irreverant while most Mormons love it to pieces. Thank you for shedding some light on the subject!

Menley (more…)

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