• Quote of the Day

    “Surely the reason Christ said, ‘Father, forgive them,’ was because even in that terrible hour He knew that this was the message He had come through all eternity to deliver.”
    —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Music Download: “The Tender Mercies of the Lord”

The New Era has posted a new music download titled “The Tender Mercies of the Lord.” Both the vocals and accompaniment are performed well, and it has a nice, simple message about recognizing the Lord’s tender mercies in our lives. There is also a piano-only version on the New Era‘s Music Downloads page, and the sheet music is available in the March 2009 issue of the magazine.

New Era Music Download: “Grandpa”

The New Era has added another music download on its Web site. This one is a recording by a group of siblings featured in the January issue. This family apparently allowed the New Era to post the song as a free download, though it is also available commercially. It has an interesting piano line, as well as a nice, sentimental message about the love of a grandpa.

New Era Christmas Video

The New Era has posted a Christmas video showing a video montage of nativity images set to the tune of “Little Baby,” the song featured in this month’s issue and available as an MP3 download. See it at the New Era’s Web page.

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New Era Christmas Music Download: “Little Baby”

The New Era has made available an MP3 download of the Christmas song “Little Baby,” which appears as sheet music in the December issue of the New Era. This pretty tune is sung by a young female vocalist on the recording, giving it just the right feeling, I think. An instrumental version is also available for those who want to sing along.

Interactive Hymn Vocabulary Quizzes from the New Era

The New Era has posted an interactive online version of the hymn vocabulary quiz in its November issue, as well as the one from the March issue. So go see if you know what you’ve been singing in church.

Music Download: The Family Is of God

The Friend has posted an MP3 download of a song whose sheet music appears in the magazine this month. “The Family Is of God” can be downloaded at the Friend’s Web site in two versions: with vocals and without vocals. It’s a nice little song with a strong melody and lyrics that teach a good message.

Music Download: Steadfast and Immovable

The New Era home page has posted MP3 recordings of the song whose sheet music appears in the October issue. The song, “Steadfast and Immovable,” can be downloaded in two formats: with vocals and without vocals. It sounds like a hymn and could be used in Sunday meetings or Mutual (especially since it matches this year’s Mutual theme). Having such songs available for download is a good development and, hopefully, will become a regular occurrence.

Latter-day Prophets Song

This month’s Friend magazine has something we’ve all been waiting for: the update of the song “Latter-day Prophets.” Now with President Monson! You can download the sheet music here. Enjoy.

The Pipers of Nauvoo—with Video

New Era, June 2008—BagpipersOne of the things the New Era is about is variety. It tries to show LDS teens from a variety of places, exploring a variety of interests, and doing a variety of things. This month’s issue contains a story about a group of teens who volunteer to play the bagpipes at the Nauvoo Pageant for a couple of weeks each summer. As the article, called “The Pipers of Nauvoo,” says, “It’s an opportunity for them to develop their talent, make friends, experience old Nauvoo, learn about early Church history, draw closer as a family, build testimony, and share the gospel.”

It’s unusual, it’s fun, and it has a connection to a deeper spiritual experience for these teens. In other words, it’s a good New Era article. Now, I’m not a pageant sort of person, but I do think this sort of thing is great for getting teens involved in something fun and for showing them that they’re part of something bigger than themselves.

You can view a video of these bagpipers in action at the New Era’s Web site, newera.lds.org.

 

The Healing Power of Hymns

In know that many people (particularly those who feel the need to express themselves in the bloggernacle) put down the Church’s hymns. Heck, I’ve got my own “Worst of the LDS Hymns” list stored safely in the folds of my gray matter somewhere, I suppose. But regardless of our personal musical tastes, it is undeniable that the hymns can have a powerful effect on people who are seeking comfort and healing in their lives. This fact is brought out in an article in this month’s Ensign. “The Healing Power of Hymns” is a collection of stories from Church members whose lives have been touched in some way by particular hymns.

I think we all could tell similar stories if we thought about it for a while. For instance, I once knew someone who told me that the hymn “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” will always hold a special place in his heart because it was one of the first hymns he remembers singing and enjoying when his family was investigating the Church when he was a child. He recognizes that this hymn is probably not as musically excellent as other compositions such as Handel’s aria of the same name from the Messiah, but that doesn’t matter as much to him, because this was the hymn that first helped him gain a testimony of the Savior.

The hymn “More Holiness Give Me” expresses one of my heart’s desires, and though I don’t think it is one of the greatest compositions of all time, I always enjoy singing it because it reminds me of my “strivings within.” Does anyone else have a story to share?