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A Musical Tour of Alma 28-63

Alma 28

In the Book of Mormon, Alma wishes that he might be an angel, and speak with a voice of thunder, and tell all peoples to repent.

Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment wrote “Oh That I Were an Angel,” which is found in their book Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 10.

Alma 29:8-10,17

Book of Mormon prophet had wished to be an angel to preach repentance.  But more careful thought caused him to recognize that God has the situation under control; He gives to every people the messages that He sees fit in His wisdom.

The Mapleton Chorale, accompanied by John Sergeant on the piano, sang Mack Wilberg’s triumphant musical “Arise, O God, and Shine” at the Springville Museum of Art.  (LDS Hymns, 265; words by William Hurn, 1754-1829; music by John Darwall, 1731-1789)

Alma 30:8

The people of the Book of Mormon, being a group of Israelites, had the Old Testament as written up to about 600 B.C.  They knew the scripture, “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve,” and made it the basis of their law establishing freedom of religion.  At the same time many of them made that choice for God, recognizing their need for Him.

Kelly Chiodo sings “I Need My Heavenly Father,” while accompanying herself on the guitar.  (Children’s Songbook, 18; words and music by Judith Wirthin Parker, 1919-2000)

Alma 30:44

Alma the Bookof Mormon prophet had an encounter with an anti-christ who refused to believe in God.  Alma offered, among other evidences, “the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it. . . Do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.”

Boy choir Libera sings “What a Wonderful World.”  Illustrated.  (Words by

Bob Thiele, 1922-1996; music by George David Weiss, 1921-2010)

Alma 32:23

Book of Mormon prophet Alma, on yet another mission, this time to the Zoramites, teaches them that God imparts His word throughout the world.

Jen Wilcox Photography illustrates “I Want to Be a Missionary Now.” (Children’s Songbook, 168; words and music by Grietje Terburg Rowley, 1927-2015)

Alma 32:26-43

In the Book of Mormon, Alma taught the people how to have faith, and compared it to a seed.

“The Word Is a Seed,” from Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 27, written by Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment, celebrates and elaborates on this allegory.

You’ll know it is good by its growth and its light.

You will feel it enlarging your soul.

Experiment now, test the word by your faith

As you nourish and help it to grow.

Alma 32:28

Alma taught the allegory of faith being like a seed, as recorded in the Book of Mormon:  “We will compare the word unto a seed.  Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts:  and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves - It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.

Young Charlotte Hottena sings “On a Golden Springtime.” (Children’s Songbook, 88; words by Virginia Maughan Kammeyer, 1925-1999; music by Crawford Gates, b. 1921)

Alma 32:28, 42-43

Book of Mormon prophet and missionary Alma concluded his allegory of faith being like a seed:  “Because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.  Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.

The song “Faith”  musically presents this message.  (Children’s Songbook, 96; words by Beaterice Goff Jackson, b. 1943; music by Michael Finlinson Moody, b. 1941)

Alma 33:3-11

In the Book of Mormon, Alma quoted the prophet Zenos’s beautiful and encouraging words about prayer.

The Lower Lights, a Bluegrass gospel group, sings a mellow and musical “Secret Prayer.” (LDS Hymns, 144; words and music by Hans Henry Petersen, 1835-1909)

Alma 34:17-29

Amulek, Book of Mormon missionary, fervently encouraged his hearers to pray always to the Lord.

Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment wrote the song “Cry Unto Him,” which is found in their book Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 28.

Alma 34:37

         Alma taught, “when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God.”

         Jason Black, in a beautiful mountain stream, plays his original composition, “Morning Prayer,” a meditative piano song.

Alma 34:38

In the Book of Mormon, Amulek told the people to live in thanksgiving daily, because God gives so many blessings.

The Michael Curb Congregation sings a lively and upbeat “Count Your Blessings.” (LDS Hymns, 241; words by Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1856-1922; music by Edwin O. Excell, 1851-1921)

Alma 36

Book of Mormon chapter Alma 36 is an exquisite and beautiful chiasm, wherein Alma details his conversion from darkness to the light of Christ.

“I Am Born Now of God” is a song about this event and chapter.  It is found in Marilyn Arnold’s and Maurine Ozment’s book Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 9.

Alma 36:3

Alma, in the Book of Mormon, testifies that those who put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials and troubles and afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with a marvelous baritone soloist, Shane Warby, sings  “Does the Journey Seem Long?”  at General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  (LDS Hymns, 127; words by Joseph Fielding Smith, 1876-1972; music by George D. Pyper, 1860-1943)

Alma 36:22

In the Book of Mormon, Alma recalls how Lehi saw God in heaven, surrounded by numberless concourses of angels, in the attitude of singing and praising their God, and his soul longed to be there.

Bujor Florian Lucian plays, on the organ, “Lord, Accept Our True Devotion.” (LDS Hymns, 107; words by Richard Alldridge, 1815-1896; music by Joseph J. Daynes, 1851-1920)

Alma 36:28

Book of Mormon prophet Alma testifies that he knows God will raise him up at the last day, to dwell with him in glory.

Fernando Ortega sings a joyful musical “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.” Illustrated.  (LDS Hymns, 72; words by Joachim Neander, 1650-1680; translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878; music by William S. Bennett ,1816-1875 and Otto Goldschmidt, 1829-1907)

Alma 37:35

In the Book of Mormon, Alma counsels his son:  “O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God.”

Mormon Channel presents “Families Can Be Together Forever.”   Illustrated, and with video of Henry B. Eyring teaching about families.  (LDS Hymns, 300; words by Ruth M. Gardner, 1927-1999; music by Vanja Y. Watkins, b. 1938)

James Hebdon on the piano plays a foot-stomping “In Our Lovely Deseret.” (LDS Hymns, 307; words by Eliza R. Snow, 1804-1887; music by George F. Root, 1820-1895)

Cara Marie Harris sings a lively and upbeat “Quickly I’ll Obey,” from her album True Focus.  (Children’s Songbook, 197; words by Thelma J. Harrison, 1906-1991; Russian folk tune)

Alma 37:35-37

Alma, in the Book of Mormon, counseled his son:  “Cry unto God for all thy support.”

Latter-day Moroni presents “As Zion’s Youth in Latter Days.”  Illustrated.  (LDS Hymns, 256; words by Susan Evans McCloud, b. 1945; Irish melody)

Alma 37:36,37

In the Book of Mormon, Alma tells his son:  “Let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord.”

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, in General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sings “Oh, May My Soul Commune with Thee.” (LDS Hymns, 123; words and music by Lorin F. Wheelwright, 1909-1987)

Alma 37:36,37

Book of Mormon prophet Alma advises his son, “Let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord.”

Pan Flute Duet plays a musical “As the Shadows Fall.” (LDS Hymns, 168; words by Lowell M. Durham, Jr., 1943-1997; music by Lowell M. Durham, b. 1917)

Alma 37:36,37

Alma counsels his son, as recorded in the Book of Mormon, “Let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.”

Brea’s Cover sings “I Thank thee, Dear Father.” (Children’s Songs, 7; words anonymous; music by George Careless, 1839-1932)

Alma 37:37

Alma, in the Book of Mormon, told his son, “Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good.”

Amanda W. Smith plays a beautiful, improvised piano musical number, “Beauty Everywhere.” (Children’s Songs, 232; words by Matilda Watts Cahoon, 1881-1973; music by Mildred Tanner Pettit, 1895-1977)

Alma 37:37

In the Book of Mormon, Alma counsels his son, “When thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God.”

Pat Boone gently and soothingly sings “Now the Day Is Over.” (LDS Hymns, 159; words by Sabine Baring-Gould, 1834-1924; music by Joseph Barnby, 1838-1896)

Tenor Richard Jose sang “Softly Now the Light of Day,” which was recorded in 1904.  (LDS Hymns, 160; text by George W. Doane, 1799-1859; music by Carl Maria von Weber, 1786-1826, arranged by Henry Greatorix, 1813-1858)

Alma 38:9

Book of Mormon prophet Alma said to his son, “There is no other way or means whereby man can be saved, only in and through Christ.  Behold, he is the life and the light of the world.  Behold, he is the word of truth and righteousness.

Guide Me to Thee”   Illustrated.  (LDS Hymns, 101; words and music by Orson Pratt Huish, 1851-1932)

Alma 40:5

         In the Book of Mormon Alma taught, “There is a time appointed that all shall rise from the dead.”

         Alex Boyé and the Utah Valley University Institute of Religion Choir presents a lovely “I Will Rise.”

Alma 41:14,15

Alma taught his son, as recorded in the Book of Mormon, “See that you are merciful unto your brethren; deal justly, judge righteously, and do good continually.”

Concert pianist Paul Cardall plays a sweet musical “Truth Reflects upon Our Senses,” from his album 40 Hymns for Forty Days.  (LDS Hymns, 273; text by Eliza R. Snow, 1804-1887; music by Charles Davis Tillman, 1861-1943)

Alma 42:14,15

Alma, in the Book of Mormon, told his son, “Thus we see that all mankind were fallen, and they were in the grasp of justice; yea, the justice of God, which consigned them forever to be cut off from his presence.  And now, the plan of mercy could not be brought about except an atonement should be made; therefore God himself atoneth for the sins of the world, to bring about the plan of mercy, to appease the demands of justice, that God might be a perfect, just God, and a merciful God also.”

The BYU Singers present “How Great the Wisdom and the Love.” (LDS Hymns, 195; words by Eliza R. Snow, 1804-1887; music by Thomas McIntyre, 1833-1914).

Alma 43:48-50

In the Book of Mormon, Captain Moroni encourages his tired soldiers with thoughts of their liberty and freedom.

A priesthood Choir from Ogden/Logan Institutes sings a vigorous rendition of “For the Strength of the Hills.” (LDS Hymns, 35; words by Felicia D. Hemans, 1793-1835; music by Evan Stephens, 1854-1930)

Alma 45:1

After the Book of Mormon people were delivered from their enemies, and retained their liberty, they gave thanks to the Lord their God, and worshipped Him with exceedingly great joy.

Libera Boys choir sings “Sanctus,” from their album Angel Voices.

Alma 46

      When his nation was faced with an invading enemy in the Lamanites, Book of Mormon Captain Moroni improvised a flag to rally his people round the cause of liberty.

       “The Title of Liberty,” by Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment tells the stirring story of this ensign, from their book, Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 15

Alma 46:12,13

The Nephites of the Book of Mormon were loyal to their liberty and their country, in the face of invasion.

The United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy, United States Academy of West Point, the United States Coast Guard Academy, accompanied by the United States Army Herald Trumpets present “The Star-Spangled Banner.” (LDS Hymns, 340; words by Francis Scott Key, 1779-1843; music by John Stafford Smith, 1750-1836)

This video of “True to the Faith” was made of the Cultural Celebration at the dedication of the Gilbert Arizona Temple.  (LDS Hymns, 254; words and music by Evan Stephen, 1854-1930)

Alma 46:17

In the Book of Mormon, Captain Moroni, that great defender of his country’s liberty, prayed and designated all the land, north and south, as a land of liberty.

Here are two presentations of the “Mexican National Anthem.”  <Mexicanos, al grito de guerra.>  (Words by Francisco González Bocanegra, 1824-1861; music by Jaime Nunó, 1824-1908)

Mexican National Anthem” - a powerful solo performance.  (See above)

Alma 53:17

A group of young men in the Book of Mormon covenanted to fight for the liberty of their nation, even at the peril of their own lives.

The First Baptist Church choir and orchestra, of Panama City, Florida, presents a stirring “For All the Saints.” (LDS Hymns, 82; words by William Walsham How, 1823-1897; music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958)

Alma 53:18-22

The Book of Mormon recounts how a group of young men were determined to serve God and their country to the end as soldiers in an army, led by the prophet Helaman.

This upbeat version of “We’ll Bring the World His Truth (Army of Helaman)”  comes from the movie “The RM” soundtrack.  (LDS Children’s Songbook, 172; words and music by Janice Kapp Perry, b. 1938)

Alma 53:20,21

The Army of Helaman, in the Book of Mormon, was composed of young and valient men, who, as the Book of Mormon recounts, “were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted.”

The Arizona Dancentennial of 2012, with the  youth wearing colorful outfits, presented “As Zion’s Youth in Latter-days” as the closing number of their musical presentation.  (LDS Hymns, 256; words by Susan Evans McCloud, b. 1945; Irish melody)

A priesthood choir from Ogden and Logan Institutes presents “See the Mighty Priesthood Gathered” at General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  (LDS Hymns, 325; words by Jean L. Kaberry, 1918-1997; music by Robert P. Manookin, 1918-1997)

Alma 53:20,21

The Book of Mormon record that the young soldiers of the Army of Helaman were “men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him.”

This version of “Stand for the Right” is simply illustrated.  (LDS Children’s Songbook, 159; words and music by Joseph Ballantyne, 1868-1944)

The Goldfield Ward Primary presents “I Will Be Valiant” with illustrations.  (LDS Children’s Songbook, 162; words and music by Vanja Y. Watkins, b. 1938)

Alma 56 – 58

Helaman, the leader of the group of young warriors who joined to defend their country’s liberty, felt great affection and respect for his charges.  Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment composed “My Little Band,” found in their book Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 16.

My little band, my sons, my sons, will ye to battle go?

Will you fight fiercely for the right against our ruthless foe?

What say ye, sons, so young and pure, wll you coarse weapons wield?

Will you fight bravely at my side, with virtue as your shield?

Alma 57:27

The Army of Helaman was successful in their first battle.  Although they received many wounds, not one of them perished.  The Book of Mormon states, “Their minds are firm, and they do put their trust in God continually.”

At the General Priesthood Session of the April 2012 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a priesthood men’s choir from the Salt Lake County, Utah institutes of religions, sang “Carry On.”  The institutes were University of Utah, LDS Business College, Taylorsville, Jordan, Sandy, and Westminster Institutes of Religions.   (LDS Hymns, 255; words by Ruth May Fox, 1853-1958; music by Alfred M. Durham, 1872-1957)

Alma 58:10,11

      The Book of Mormon explains that, although the Nephite armies, including the Army of Helaman, had been successful in driving out the occupying Lamanites.  However, they needed reinforcements of food and men, and for an unknown reason they were not forthcoming.  The young men “did pour out our souls in prayer to God, that he would strengthen us and deliver us out of the hands of our enemies, yea, and also give us strength that we might retain our cities, and our lands, and our possessions, for the support of our people.”

       Lara Johnson performs “When Faith Endures” from her album Songs of Everlasting Joy, “a lush production of string, piano and vocals of sacred hymns Lara arranged and performed.”   Illustrated.  (LDS Hymns, 128; words by Naomi W. Randall, 1908-2001; music by Stephen M. Jones, b. 1960)

Bonus:  Choose English-Russian or English-Spanish album.


                English/Russian                                            English/Spanish

Alma 58:40

Helaman described, in the Book of Mormon, the young warriors in these words:  “They have received many wounds; nevertheless they stand fast in that liberty wherewith God has made them free; and they are strict to remember the Lord their God from day to day. . . And their faith is strong in the prophecies concerning that which is to come.”

Fountainview Academy, in the beautiful Aholnul Botanical Gardens of Kauai, Hawaii, perform “Day by Day.”  (Music by Karolina Wilhelmina Sandell-Berg, 1832-1903; translated by Andrew L. Skoog; music by Oscar Ahnfelt, 1813-1882)

Alma 62:40

The Book of Mormon records a time of great wickedness among the Nephites, with murder, contentions, and dissensions, and “all manner of iniquity.”  However, it also says that because of the prayers of the righteous, the nation was spared.

Tauren Wells sings “When We Pray,” from his album Hills and Valleys.

Arizona Dancentennial 2012 • Marilyn Arnold • Jason Black • Pat Boone • Alex Boyé

Brea's Cover • BYU Singers • Paul Cardall • Kelly Chiodo

The Michael Curb Congregation

The First Baptist Church Choir & Orchestra of Panama City, Florida

Fountainview Academy

Gilbert, Arizona Temple dedication cultural celebration

The Goldfield Ward Primary • Cara Marie Harris • James Hebdon

 Charlotte Hottena • Lara Johnson • Richard Jose • Latter-day Moroni

Libera • The Lower Lights • Bujor Florian Lucian • Mapleton Chorale

The Mormon Channel • The Mormon Tabernacle Choir • Fernando Ortega

Maurine Ozment • Pan Flute Duet

Priesthood Choir from Ogden/Logan Institutes • "The RM"

Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon • Amanda W. Smith

The United States Naval Academy, The United States Air Force Academy,

The United States Academy of West Point, the United States Coast Guard Academy, and the United States Army Herald Trumpets

Utah Valley University Institute of Religion Choir • Tauren Wells

Helaman Alma 1-27