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A Musical Tour of Mormon

Mormon 1:2,15

Mormon writes that as a young man he was sober and observant, and for this reason he was chosen by the prophet Ammaron to keep the sacred records, he was chosen by Jesus Christ to have a personal visit and become a prophet, and he was chosen by his country to lead the armies.

Six young men from Hidden Valley 3rd Ward sing “A Young Man Prepared.” (Children’s Songbook, 166; words and music by Daniel Lyman Carter, b. 1955)

Mormon 6

One of the most heart-rending scenes in the Book of Mormon, and in all of world history, is Mormon’s anguished cries on seeing the total destruction of his people by the tens of thousands:

“O ye fair ones, how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord!  O ye fair ones, how could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you!”

Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment memorialize his mourning in “Mormon’s Lament” - Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 30

Mormon 7:5

         Book of Mormon compiler Mormon speaks to us today:  “Know ye that ye must . . . repent of all your sins and iniquities, and believe in Jesus Christ, that he is the Son of God, and that he was slain by the Jews, and by the power of the Father he hath risen again, whereby he hath gained the victory over the grave; and also in him is the sting of death swallowed up.

         The Graduate Choir of New Zealand, with Dr. John Wells on the organ, sings “He Is Risen,” by Richard Madden, in the All Saints Anglican Church of Howick, Auckland.

Mormon 7:5-7

As Mormon completed his writings in the Book of Mormon, he wrote to those who were left of a once-great civilization:  “Know ye that ye must come to the knowledge of your fathers, and repent of all your sins and iniquities, and believe in Jesus Christ, that he is the Son of God, and that he was slain by the Jews, and by the power of the Father he hath risen again, whereby he hath gained the victory over the grave; and also in him is the sting of death swallowed up.”

Jen Marco Handy sings “I Believe in Christ,” with accompanying video clips.  (LDS Hymns, 134; text by Bruce R. McConkie, 1915-1985; music by John Longhurst, b. 1940)

Mormon 7:7

Mormon testified of Jesus Christ:  “He hath brought to pass the redemption of the world, whereby he that is found guiltless before him at the judgment day hath it given unto him to dwell in the presence of God in his kingdom, to sing ceaseless praises with the choirs above, unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Ghost, which are one God, in a state of happiness which hath no end.”

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, in General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sings “Rejoice, the Lord Is King!” (LDS Hymns, 66; text by Charles Wesley, 1707-1788; music by Horatio Parker, 1863-1919)

Mormon 8:12-16

Mormon was killed in the last great battle, and his son Moroni took the sacred plates to finish the record.  Moroni would later become Angel Moroni, and deliver the plates to Joseph Smith.  But hundreds of years before this happened, Moroni spoke to those who would receive the record:

“Whoso receiveth this record, and shall not condemn it because of the imperfections which are in it, the same shall know of greater things than these.”

A priesthood quartet sings “An Angel from on High.” (LDS Hymns, 13; text by Parley P. Pratt, 1807-1857; music by John E. Tulidge, 1806-1873)

Mormon 8:16,23,26,35

Moroni wrote that his words, and the words of his father Mormon, and the sacred words preserved of his people’s thousand-year history, would come from the dust by the power of God:

“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.”

Although the Book of Mormon has been attacked continuously and furiously, it still shines bright, and, as prophesied by God, will overcome all the assaults of the adversary.

“From the Dust Shall They Come” - Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon. 1, by Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment.

Mormon 8:28

Moroni said that the Book of Mormon “shall come in a day when the power of God shall be denied, and churches become defiled and be lifted up in the pride of their hearts; yea, even in a day when leaders of churches and teachers shall rise in the pride of their hearts, even to the envying of them who belong to their churches.”

Tauyuan Alliance 2012 sings “’Twas Witnessed in the Morning Sky.” (LDS Hymns, 12; text adapted by G. William Richards, 1918-2005; music by Henry Walford Davies, 1869-1941)

Mormon 9:7,8

Moroni, who would someday return with the gold plates as the Angel Moroni, encouraged his readers not to deny the revelations of God.  “Behold, he that denieth these things knoweth not the gospel of Christ; yea, he has not read the scriptures; if so, he does not understand them.”

A choir sings “I Saw a Mighty Angel Fly.”   The accompanying video footage shows lovely Angel-Moroni-topped temples.  (LDS Hymns, 15; anonymous text, ca. 1840; English melody)

Mormon 9:27

Moroni wrote to those who would later read his record, encouraging them to come unto Christ in faith:  “Despise not, and wonder not, but hearken unto the words of the Lord, and ask the Father in the name of Jesus for what things soever ye shall stand in need.  Doubt not, but be believing, and begin as in times of old, and come unto the Lord with all your heart.”

Fernando Ortega mellowly sings “I Need Thee Every Hour.”  Beautiful pictures.  (LDS Hymns, 98; music by Annie Sherwood Hawkes)

Marilyn Arnold • Graduate Choir of New Zealand • Jen Marco Handy

Hidden Valley 3rd Ward • The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Fernando Ortega • Maurine Ozment • Priesthood quartet

Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon • Tauyuan Alliance 2012

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