Songs of the Heart

Each Sunday afternoon we will be sharing one or two musical items from the Hymnbook, as selected by you, with your thoughts on why it is special and what makes it bring you closer to God. Anyone can take part just send us a message naming the hymn and attach your written thoughts. We will strive to find a video of that hymn being sung on the Official Church Website and then we will share it, along with your message. If you are musical, you could even send us a recording of you playing or singing it yourself, but your thoughts are enough. All can take part.

These weekly posts will be shared to our Stake Presidency Facebook Page and Instagram account, with archives here for those that don’t engage in Social Media platforms. See the introductory post HERE for more information.

“For Many people the hymn “Abide with me” is connected with sadness or funerals. For me I see it as a simple plea for God to be with us in every day of our lives. When I started to learn the guitar this hymn was the first piece of music I wanted to learn, It has and continues to speak to me. No matter when I play it, I feel as though I am asking for the Saviour to be a part of my life. The origin of the words come from the biblical account of two disciples walking the dusty eight mile trail to Emmaus and they are joined by Jesus, a now resurrected being, days after his crucifixion. Perhaps because the idea of someone rising from the dead was so hard to grasp or for some other reason, they did not recognise him for who he truly was. As they reached their destination the stranger makes to depart, “But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight” We too can know the Saviour, if we take the time to find him, walk with him and sit with him.” John Teal

“Whilst rehearsing the songs for the British Pageant in 2013 I was introduced to this beautiful hymn and came to love it. Whilst my testimony was being strengthened by being surrounded by saints, the hymns and songs we were singing was solidifying the things I already knew. The hymn was sung solemnly at a reduced tempo for a burial at sea. It speaks of the joy we will have when being reunited with those ancestors who have already passed through the veil. While I’m not as valiant with family history as I know I should be, the time I took my own ancestors name to the Temple was indeed a spiritual experience. This hymn was being sung in my heart and helped to fill me with joy. I love the doctrine it teaches as it speaks of our Heavenly parentage and, without wanting to sound morbid, it’s first on my list for choice of funeral hymns. I’d like it sung uptempo and with joy for the doctrine it teaches” 😊. Emma Hughes

“Hymn 26 has always been a favourite for both of us! When we took piano lessons it was the hymn we challenged each other to learn and is still the one I feel most confident playing. I love the melody. It’s so uplifting and happy. When we consider the story it is recounting we have every reason to feel that way. Because that day began the restoration of the gospel and all that it entails. My favourite phrase is ‘His prayer was answered’. Because it was, in the most magnificent way. Our prayers are answered too, in magnificent ways. Oh how lovely are our mornings when we have the opportunity to commune with God.” Ruth and Jared Fletcher.

Although not in the current Latter Day Saint Hymn, book we had a couple of people request this Hymn.

“My favourite item by tabernacle choir. It is well with my soul if you check it out, there is a beautiful story about the Spafford family. It also got me through some difficult times in life especially the time in hospital when I was on my own. It’s a beautiful sentiment to whisper to your soul at the end of each day.” Jim Beresford

“I love this song so much. The words in these songs and the principles it describes are the ones which carried me through my mission. There’s one line particularly that stands out to me every time: ‘I’ll answer dear Lord with my hand in Thine, I’ll go where you want me to go.’ The beauty of the Atonement of Jesus Christ is that we never have to walk alone; wherever we are called to walk, Christ walks with us. It teaches that we can trust the Lord’s plan for us and that no matter where that path leads, we have the option to walk it with Christ by our side.” Camilla Preston

“Through Deepening Trials is a hymn that reassures me that my whatever is happening in our lives and the world around us that we can, and will find peace in Christ as we do the small and simple things He asks of us.” Bishop Christopher Hughes

“In our 2 years MTC experience we met about 1500 new young missionaries. Perhaps one of their most common fears was that they didn’t understand how much the Lord loved and knew them. They needed to learn to trust Him and rely on Him. To come to know Him. I think this song is a lovely reminder that He knows each of us individually. We probably all need to understand this better. Plus the music is so soulful and beautiful. 🥰🙏” Robert Preston

“I love so many of the hymns. Every time I sing ‘I Know That My Redeemer Lives’ I am testifying of our Saviour and Redeemer through music.  My heart soars with love for Him, His Atoning sacrifice and the gift of the Resurrection.  Every verse  strengthens me with the reminder that He comforts me, guides, listens, and loves me.  I truly know that my Redeemer Lives” Sister Lattin

This weeks “Songs of the Heart” is from Elder and Sister Fredrick. Who are missionary couple living in Bolton ward and assigned to work with the Young Adults in our Stake. So far we have been able to find a version of the selected hymn sung by the Tabernacle Choir, but couldnt with this one, so had to compile out own video… #29 “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief”
We both have always loved the song “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief”, its seven verses tell a beautiful story about love and service and contains so many simple truths. Some of the truths include that there is a little bit of Christ in everyone and we never know who we are talking to. That by helping others, we are blessed and our difficulties are made small. That we should not be afraid to share of Christ in our words and in our deeds. “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of my brethren, ye have done it unto me”. Matthew 25:40 That “when ye are in the service of your fellow being ye are only in the service of your God”. Mosiah 2:17

“Did You Think To Pray makes me think about my Dad. My Dad passed away in the attitude of prayer. It must have taken a monumental effort for him to get out of bed onto his knees in his dying moments. Whenever I feel that prayer is an effort, I remember my Dad’s example. I don’t know whether he was praying for release from mortality or kneeling in an attitude of awe for the Saviour but one day I’ll hear that story. Until then, I make every effort to pray to my Heavenly Father, on my knees, every day.” Debra Caffery

“I found it hard to choose just one hymn to share, but my thoughts turned to my late grandmother’s favourite Hymn, ‘O My Father’. I love this medley of ‘I Often Go Walking’ and ‘O My Father’ arranged by Michael R. Hicks.

My grandmother passed away in August 2020 while I was here in England serving as a missionary. I had been out for about 10 months when she passed. My paternal grandfather had passed away about 5 months prior and the pandemic was causing many changes in missionary work, including the sudden and intense national lockdown at the beginning of the year. I struggled a lot during those months, but there were so many tender mercies that the Lord poured upon me and continues to bless me with. Many of those were in the form of people, or lessons from a scripture study, etc., but one in particular was this hymn.

It was my grandmother’s favourite hymn and it has since brought me closer to her and has comforted me by its sweet teachings about the Plan of Salvation. I am grateful that I can now confidently testify that I know I have Heavenly Parents waiting for me. I know that my grandmother is waiting for me and that she was welcomed home by so many loved ones. I love my Heavenly Father and I know that I will embrace Him and my grandmother and grandfather again. I love my Saviour and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.” Sister Minaker

We Normally share our weekend “Song of the Heart” on Sunday afternoons. With lots of conference sessions to watch this week we are posting the Hymn early. It has been chosen as it so aptly fits an Easter weekend. We hope you enjoy listening to the hymn, and the two conference clips we have woven into it by the author Bruce R. McConkie.

The lyrics say why I love this hymn so much. When we had a young family, we were in the military and  moved every two or three years. We did not have much say where we would be assigned. Every time I heard this song, I prayed we would go, say and be whatever God desired. After our children left home, we decided to serve a mission. Once again, we wanted to do His will, not our own. That is why we are so glad to be here. We know we are where He wanted us to go.  Elder Lattin