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A Musical Tour of 2 Nephi



2 Nephi 1 – 4


In the first four chapters of his second book, Book of Mormon writer Nephi records the words of his aged father Lehi.

“My Father, Great Lehi,” by Maurine Ozment and Marilyn Arnold, captures the spirit of this great prophet:

Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 3

The Lord spoke and Lehi consented; he gave up his wealth and his lands

To live in remote isolation, no more to see home place and friends.


2 Nephi 1:5-7


In the Book of Mormon, Lehi declared that the Lord God had given him and his family a land of promise, a land which is choice above all other lands.

Annie Karto sings “America the Beautiful,” a prayer for our nation.  Illustrated.  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 338; text by Katherine Lee Bates, 1859-1929; music by Samuel A. Ward, 1848-1903)


2 Nephi 1:7


In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Lehi taught, concerning the Promised Land (America), “This land is consecrated unto him whom He shall bring.  And if it so be that they shall serve Him according to the commandments which He hath given, it shall be a land of liberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever.”

The Washington National Cathedral Choir sings “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 339; text by Samuel F. Smith, 1808-1895; music from Thesaurus Musicus, London, 1744)


2 Nephi 1:15


Book of Mormon prophet Lehi had aged and was soon to die.  But he testified, “The Lord hath redeemed my soul from hell; I have beheld His glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of His love.”

Tenor Dallyn Bayles, violinist Jenny Oaks Baker & the Lyceum Philharmonic present “Savior, Redeemer of My Soul,” set to a different tune than in the hymnbook.  This is a beautiful, reverent video presentation, from the album “LDS Hymns of Praise.”  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 112; text by Orson F. Whitney, 1855-1931; music by Harry A. Dean, 1892-1987),



















2 Nephi 2:6-9


Lehi taught his children that “Redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for He is full of grace and truth.”

James Loynes very tenderly, worshipfully, and powerfully sings “O Savior, Thou Who Wearest a Crown” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 197; text by Karen Lynn Davidson, b. 1943; ).  As melody he did not use Bach’s compostion, but rather the Old English Melody we generally associate with “If You Could Hie to Kolob.”  This song is found on Sally DeFord’s album “Hymn of Grateful Praise.”




















2 Nephi 2:7


The Book of Mormon, in speaking of the Savior Jesus Christ, says, “He offereth Himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.”

A Capella trio Liahona Seumanu, Matt Nickle, Moana Haretuku sing “In Humility, Our Savior” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 172; text by Mabel Jones Gabbot, 1910-2004; music by Rowland H. Prichard, 1811-1887), truly a spiritual and aural feast.



2 Nephi 2:14


The Book of Mormon testifies that “There is a God, and He has created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon.”

National Taiwan University Chorus sings “All Things Bright and Beautiful” (Children’s Songbook, 231; lyrics by Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818-1895).


2 Nephi 2:27,28


Lehi, in the Book of Mormon, teaches, “Men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man.  And tehy are free to choose lliberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil.”

The Crofts Family trio enchantingly sings “Ring Out, Wild Bells” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 215; text by Alfred Tennyson, 109-1892; music by Crawford Gates, b. 1921)
















2 Nephi 2:27,28


In the Book of Mormon, Lehi encouraged his sons to “look to the great mediator, and hearken unto His great commandments, and be faithful unto His words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of his Holy Spirit.”

Holly Michelle Anderson sings “Choose the Right” very nicely.  In addition, she shows some ASL signs and actions to highlight the main words and ideas of the song.  She signs very plainly and beautifully.  She provides a link to another youtube video where she explains each sign.  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 239; text by Joseph L. Townsend, 1849-1942; music by Henry A. Tuckett, 1852-1918)

 


2 Nephi 3:5-7


Book of Mormon prophet Lehi saw the latter-days in vision, and knew of the work Joseph Smith would do.  He knew that the choice seer would manifest the Messiah to God’s people “in the spirit of power, unto the bringing of them out of darkness unto light - yea, out of hidden darkness and out of captivity unto freedom.”

Latter-day Moroni presents “Come, Sing to the Lord” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 10; text and music by Gerrit de Jong, Jr., 1892-1978)


2 Nephi 3:8


The Book of Mormon tells us that God esteems the prophet of the latter-days:  “I will make him great in mine eyes; for he shall do my work,” said the Lord.

LDS Videos presents “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 26; text by George Manwaring, 1854-1889; music by Sylvanus Billings Pond, 1792-1871, adapted by A.C. Smyth, 1840-1909), with video footage from a First Vision film.


2 Nephi 3:11


Lehi taught his children, as recorded in the Book of Mormon, that the latter-day seer named Joseph would bring forth God’s word (the Book of Mormon) as well as convince people of the truth of His word that they had already received (Bible).

Latter-day Moroni presents “What Was Witnessed in the Heavens?” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 11; text by John S. Davis, 1813-1882; music by Evan Stephens, 1854-1930)


2 Nephi 3:12


The prophet Lehi quoted from Joseph of Old in prophesying of the seer named Joseph in the latter days.  He said the scriptures he would bring forth (The Book of Mormon), by joining in conjunction with the Bible, would perform the following functions in the Lord’s plan:  1. Confound false doctrine

  2.  Lay down contentions

  3.  Establish peace

  4.  Bring people to the knowledge of the fathers of the native Americans

  5.  Bring people to the knowledge of God’s covenants

Latter-day Saint Hymns presents “Truth Eternal” – (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 4; text by Parley P. Pratt, 1807-1857; music by Alexander Schreiner, 1901-1987)


2 Nephi 4:15


Nephi, Book of Mormon writer, said, “My soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and the profit of my children.”


Steven Deam’s granddaughter, a lovely young woman, sings “Search, Ponder, and Pray” (Children’s Songbook, 109; words by Jaclyn Thomas Milne, b. 1949; music by Carol Baker Black, b. 1951)


Family Gal presents a fun, hand-clapping game with the song “The Books in the Book of Mormon” (Children’s Songbook, 119; words by Daphne Matthews; music from “Ten Little Indians”)


2 Nephi 4:15,16


Nephi said, “My soul delighteth in the things of the Lord.”

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sang “Thy Holy Word” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 279; text by Marvin K. Gardner, b. 1952; music by Robert Cundick, 1926-2016) at General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


2 Nephi 4:16-35


In the Book of Mormon, Nephi wrote plaintively of his need for God’s presence in his life:  “I know in whom I have trusted.  My God hath been my support.  He hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness.”

Randy Owen and the Isaacs sing “I Need Thee Every Hour” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 98; text by Annie S. Hawkes, 1835-1918; music by Robert Lowry, 1826-1899)

From the album “Amazing Grace.”  Bill & Gloria Gaither  (C) 2012 Spring House Music Group. 


















2 Nephi 4:16-35


In “Nephi’s Psalm” in the Book of Mormon, the only such selection in the book, Nephi expresses the yearnings, pains, and hope of his heart.

In “Nephi’s Psalm,” lyricist Marilyn Arnold and composer Maurine Ozment bring to music these feelings.  Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 5

Wake, wake, my soul awake!  No more with anguish ridden,

Joy is thine, my heart rejoice, let anger be forbidden.


2 Nephi 4:34


In the Book of Mormon, Nephi wrote, “O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever.”

Max Adams played the Latter-day Saint hymn “Praise Ye the Lord” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 74; text by Isaac Watts, 1674-1748, based on Psalm 146; music by Evan Stephens, 1854-1930) on a Steinway grand, Kawai grand piano, or Yamaha upright piano at the BYU Harris Fine Arts Center. It is part of the Latter-day Saint Hymns for Piano Project, a playlist with recordings of all of the hymns found in the Church repertory


2 Nephi 8:3


Book of Mormon people had much of what we call the Old Testament, recorded on what they called the Brass Plates.  Their prophets taught them these things, especially from the writings of Isaiah.  Jacob taught the people, “The Lord shall comfort Zion. He will comfort all her waste places, and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord.  Joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.”

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sings “Beautiful Zion, Built Above” – (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 44; text by George Gill, 1820-1880; music by Joseph G. Fones, 1828-1906)


2 Nephi 8:11


The Book of Mormon records that Jacob continued teaching his people from the words of Isaiah:  “Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy and holiness shall be upon their heads; and tehy shall obtain gladness and joy; sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

The Golden Angels sing “Hail to the Brightness of Zion’s Glad Morning!” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 42; text by Thomas Hastings, 1784-1872).  (This is a different tune from the LDS hymnbook.)


2 Nephi 8:24


Jacob taught his people Isaiah’s words:  “Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion!  Put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the Holy City!”

The Bonneville High School Bonnevaires, sang “Awake, Ye Saints of God, Awake!” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 17; text by Eliza R. Snow, 1804-1887; music by Evan Stephens, 1854-1930) in 2009, conducted by Steve Dresen, accompanied by Nancy Bennett, and arranged by Ron Staheli.


2 Nephi 9:2

          Book of Mormon prophet Jacob prophesied that “the time comes that they shall be restored to the true church and fold of God.”

         Steve Green sings his song of yearning, “Touch Your People Once Again.”

“Restore your church again

Touch your people once again. . .

Let your kingdom shine upon this earth

Through a living, glorious church . . .

Restore authority and power”



2 Nephi 9:5, 10-12


Jacob movingly spoke to the people in the Book of Mormon about the atonement that the Great Creator would effect for all mankind:  “O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the death of the body, and also the death of the spirit!”

Mark Geslison and Geoff Groberg present an equally moving guitar & violin Instrumental rendition of “We’ll Sing All Hail to Jesus’ Name,” from their album “All Things Bright & Beautiful.”  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 182; text by Richard Alldridge, 1815-1896; music by Joseph Coslett, 1850-1910)
















2 Nephi 10:23,24


In the Book of Mormon, Jacob taught the people that they had a choice:  “Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves - to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.”

Britney Lavatai, accompanied by guitar, sings “Know This, That Every Soul Is Free” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 240; anonymous text; music by Roger L. Miller, born 1937).



2 Nephi 10:24


After explaining that they had a choice, Book of Mormon prophet Jacob encouraged his people to seek to do God’s will:  “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, reconcile yourselves to the will of God, and not to the will of the devil and the flesh; and remember, after ye are reconciled unto God, that it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved.”

Cantiques Karaoke presents “Thy Will, O Lord, Be Done,” an instrumental with sing-along lyrics.  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 188; text by Frank I Kooyman, 1880-1963; music nby Robert P. Manookin, b. 1918)


2 Nephi 10:24,25


The Book of Mormon records the prayerful desire of the prophet Jacob for his people:  “May God raise you from death by the power of the resurrection, and also from everlasting death by the power of the atonement, that ye may be received into the eternal kingdom of God, that ye may praise Him through grace divine.  Amen.”

Concert pianist Paul Cardall plays “God, Our Father, Hear Us Pray” with orchestral accompaniment, from his album “40 Hymns for Forty Days.”  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 170; text by Frank I. Kooyman, 1880-1963; music by Robert P. Manookin, 1918-1997)















2 Nephi 12:2,3


In the Book of Mormon, Nephi, who loved the words of Isaiah, recorded many of them upon his gold plates.  Writing of these latter days, when the Lord would establish a great and free nation upon the promised land, when that nation would stand above all other nations of the earth, and when the fulness of the gospel would come forth in that nation, Nephi copied from the Brass Plates:

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, when the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it.

“And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in His paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”


A Young Men and Young Women choir from stakes in Bennion and Taylorsville [Utah USA] sings “Arise, O Glorious Zion”.  This presentation is signed.  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 40; text by William G. Mills, 1822-1895; music by George Careless, 1839-1932)


The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sings “High on the Mountain Top”.  This exuberant rendition is accompanied by beautiful video reenactment footage of building the magnificent holy temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 5; text by Joel Hills Johnson, 1802-1882; music by Ebenezer Beezley, 1840-1906)


Max Bradley Adams plays “Behold, the Mountain of the Lord”  on a Steinway organ. (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 54; text by Michael Bruce, 1746-1767; music by Leland B. Sateren, 1913-2007)


2 Nephi 14:5


Isaiah wrote, “The Lord will create upon every dwelling-place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for upon all the glory of Zion shall be a defence.”  Nephi believed these words were important for his people, so he wrote them on his gold plates.

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sang “Glorious Things Are Sung of Zion” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 48; text by William W. Phelps, 1792-1872; music is an old Dutch melody ca. 1710)


2 Nephi 17:14


         Nephi copied Isaiah’s words:  “Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign -- Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

         Emily Jean sings,  “Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel.”


2 Nephi 20:27


The Book of Mormon records the words of Isaiah:  “It shall come to pass in that day that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the annointing.”

The Century Singers of Texas A&M University present “Cast Thy Burden upon the Lord.” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 110; text by Julius Schubring, 1806-1889, adapted from the Psalms; music by Felix Mendelssohn, 1809-1847)


2 Nephi 21:4


In the Book of Mormon, Nephi copied the words of Isaiah in describing the coming Millennium:  “With righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth.”

Cantiques Karaokes presents “Softly Beams the Sacred Dawning.”  Sing-along with this instrumental, with printed lyrics.  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 56; text by John Jaques, 1827-1900; music by J. Spencer Cornwall, 1888-1983)


2 Nephi 21:9


Isaiah said, “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain.”

Bujor Florin Lucian plays “Our Mountain  Home So Dear” on an electric organ.  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 33; text by Emmeline B. Wells, 1828-1921; music by Evan Stephens, 1854-1930)


2 Nephi 21:12


Book of Mormon writer Nephi loved the words of Isaiah, and copied many of them onto his gold plates:  “And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”

This is a beautiful presentation of “High on the Mountain Top” by Friends to All Nations at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 5; text by Joel Hills Johnson, 1802-1882; music by Ebenezer Beesley, 1840-1906)

The DVD is packed with great footage of the Church’s activities during the Olympic Games, such as Light of the World: A Celebration of Light - An hour long performance held in the Church's Conference Center, and MSNBC Interview with Church Leader Gordon B. Hinckley.



















2 Nephi 22:2


Isaiah declared, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also has become my salvation.”

The Coventry Singers present “From All that Dwell below the Skies,” from their Album “The Hymn-Writers:  Isaac Watts.”  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 90; text by Isaac Watts, 1674-1748; music by John Hattod, d. 1793)


2 Nephi 22:5


Nephi wrote the words of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon:  “Sing unto the Lord; for He hath done excellent things; this is known in all the earth.”

Cantiques Karaokes presents “Father, Thy Children to Thee Now Raise” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 91; text and music by Evan Stephens, 1854-1930)


2 Nephi 22:6


Isaiah wrote joyfully of Christ’s Second coming, as recorded in the Book of Mormon:  “Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion; for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee!”

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sings “Lo, the Mighty God Appearing!” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 55; text by William Goode, 1762-1816; music by Evan Stephens, 1854-1930)


2 Nephi 24:7


In the Book of Mormon, Nephi recorded the words of Isaiah concerning conditions in the Millennium:  “The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet; they break forth into singing.”

Country-style group The Lower Lights sings “Come, Ye Children of the Lord,” from their album “A Hymn Revival.” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 58; text by James H. Wallis, 1861-1940; Spanish melody arranged by Benjamin Carr, 1768-1831)

















2 Nephi 25:20


The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, says “As the Lord God liveth that brought Israel up out of the land of Egypt, and gave unto Moses power that he should heal the nations after they had been bitten by the poisonous serpents, if they would cast their eyes unto the serpent which he did raise up before them, and also gave him power that he should smite the rock and the water should come forth, yea, behold, I say unto you, that as these things are true, and as the Lord God liveth, there is none other name given under heaven save it be this Jesus Christ, of which I have spoken, whereby man can be saved.”

Romanian group Noblesse sings “In Christ Alone.”  (Lyrics by Stuart Townend; music by Keith Getty)


2 Nephi 25:23,26,29


The Book of Mormon bears beautiful testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ.  Nephi wrote, “We labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.”

Spencer Ellison sings a medley of “I Believe in Christ” and “Jesus, Once of Humble Birth,” accompanied on the piano by Dan Ellison. (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 134; words by Bruce R. McConkie, 1915-1985; music by John Longhurst, b. 1940)


2 Nephi 26:33


The Book of Mormon expresses Jesus’s invitation to all mankind:  “He doeth that which is good among the children of men; and He doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and He inviteth them all to come unto Him and partake of His goodness; and He denieth none that come unto Him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and He remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.”

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square gave a fine performance of “Come Unto Jesus” in General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 117; text and music by Orson Pratt Huish, 1851-1932)


2 Nephi 27:6-11,13,29


Six hundred years before the first advent of Christ to the world, His prophet Nephi saw in vision the great impact that the Book of Mormon would have on the world, a world with Christianity split with disagreements over the meaning of the Bible while unbelievers began to drag the culture farther and farther from the principles of love and peace that that Bible teaches.  Nephi saw that the Book of Mormon, the words of those who had slumbered in the dust, would bring many to know Christ in the latter-days, and would be the introduction to God’s marvelous work and a wonder.

From the dust shall they cry, and their words will shine forth

From darkness, and none can delay it.

When the power of God reaches out to a man,

A book shall come forth; none can stay it.

“From the Dust Shall They Come,” Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon. 1.  (Words by Marilyn Arnold; music by Maurine Ozment)


2 Nephi 27:12,13


Nephi, the first prophet to write the gold plates which were translated by the gift and power of God to become the Book of Mormon, explained that these plates would be viewed by only a few, who would be called to testify as witnesses to what they had seen.

The Mormon Youth Chorus sang “What Glorious Scenes Mine Eyes Behold” at General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 16; text anonymous, about 1840; music by Ebenezer Beesley, 1840-1906)


2 Nephi 28:7,8,20-28


The Book of Mormon points out different fallacies that people will adopt in their latter-day lifestyles.

Caleb plays“Hope of Israel” on the piano.  He plays a different hymn every Sunday at 6.  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 259; text by Joseph L. Townsend, 1849-1942; music by William Clayson, 1840-1887)


2 Nephi 28:20-28


In the Book of Mormon we read about all the wiles of the devil to be used against people in the

An institute choir sings a special arrangement of “Up, Awake, Ye Defenders of Zion.” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 248; text by Charles W Penrose, 1832-1925; music by Thomas E. Williams, d. 1854, arranged by Benjamin Lee; Benjamin Lee on the organ, Jacob Lee on the piano.)


2 Nephi 30:5,6


Nephi described, in the Book of Mormon, the happiness that would come to peole as they learned about the Christian heritage of the native American people, saying “And then shall they rejoice.”

Max Bradley Adams plays “The Happy Day at Last Has  Come” on a Steinway piano. (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 32; text by Philo Dibble, 1806-1895; music by Ebenezer Beesley, 1840-1906)


2 Nephi 30:15


The Book of Mormon repeats the yearning words of Isaiah concerning the Millennium:  “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my hold mountain.”

Sam Hinton sings “O Ye Mountains High,” accompanied by guitar, from his album “The Wandering Folksong.”  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 34; text by Charles W. Penrose, 1832-1925; music by H.S. Thompson, ca. 1852)



















2 Nephi 31:5-13


One of Nephi’s most brilliant essays is his description of the necessity and meaning of baptism.  “Wherefore, do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do; for, for this cause have they been shown unto me, that ye might know the gate by which ye should enter.  For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost.”

Cantiques Karaokes presents an instrumental with printed lyrics, “Lord, Accept into Thy Kingdom.” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 236; text by Mabel Jones Gabbott, 1910-2004; music by Alexandeer Schreiner, 1901-1987)


2 Nephi 31:10-21


During His earthly ministry, Jesus invited all and everyone to “Come, follow Me.”  Book of Mormon prophet issues a similar invitation:  “[be] willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism - yea, by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to His word.”

LDS Sound Source presents an illustrated video, with children singing “Come, Follow Me.” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 116; text by John Nicholson, 1839-1909; music by Samuel McBurney, b. 1847)


2 Nephi 31:19-21


Nephi reminds his readers that “Ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ, with unshaken faith in Him, relying wholly upon the merits of Him who is mighty to save.”

Bujor Florin Lucian plays “Come, All Ye Saints Who Dwell on Earth.”  This is a 3D Video of him playing the organ.  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 65; text by William W. Phelps, 1792-1872; music by William B. Bradbury, 1816-1868)


2 Nephi 31:20


Nephi encourages his readers to continue on in the path of following the Lord:  “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.  Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.”


Hiathere presents a children’s choir singing “I Want to Live the Gospel.” (Children’s Songbook, 148; words by Naomi Ward Randall, 1908-2001; music by Roy M. Darley, 1918-2003)


A combined choir from BYU-Idaho and congregation sang“Press Forward Saints” at the 2011 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.   (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 81; text by Marvin K. Gardner, b. 1952; music by Vanja Y. Watkins, b. 1938.


Max Adams • Holly Michelle Anderson • Marilyn Arnold • Jenny Oaks Baker

Dallyn Bayles • Bennion & Taylorsville, Utah choir

Bonneville High School Bonnevaires • BYU Idaho/Congregation • Caleb

Cantiques Karaoke • Paul Cardall

Century Singers of Texas A&M University • Coventry Singers

Crofts Family • Steven Deam's granddaughter

Spencer Ellison • Emily Jean

Family Gal • Friends to All Nations • Mark Geslison • Golden Angels

Steve Green • Geoff Grobert • Moana Haretuku • Hiathere • Sam Hinton

Institute choir • The Isaacs • Anni Karto • Latter-day Moroni

Latter-day Saint Hymns • Britney Lavatai • LDS Sound Source

LDS Videos • The Lower Lights • Jones Loynes • Bujor Florin Lucian

Lyceum Philharmonic • Mormon Youth Chorus

National Taiwan University Chorus • Matt Nickle • Noblesse • Randy Owen

Maurine Ozment • Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon

Liahona Seumanu • The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

The Washington National Cathedral Choir

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