Thursday, March 17, 2011

Music on the brain...Part 1:

Another post about music! It's amazing to me how stirring & powerful organized tones & sounds can be in our lives. It's fascinating to observe how music can change our moods, feelings, & attitudes towards commonplace occurrences. If we listen to angry & aggressive tunes, we tend to be contentious & combative ourselves. If we fill the air waves with positive & uplifting melodies, our moods and minds will be more harmonious for ourselves and those around us. We truly do get what we put into life, & the refrains we sing have a prodigious affect on what we get back. That's why we as missionaries are encouraged to use the Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints everyday in our proselyting efforts.

The Lord has made clear His feelings toward music. He states in the Doctrine and Covenants "For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads." Hymns have a profound way of instructing us on becoming more like our Savior. In the introduction of the LDS Hymn book, the First Presidency of the Church wrote, “Some of the greatest sermons are preached by the singing of hymns. Hymns move us to repentance and good works, build testimony and faith, comfort the weary, console the mourning, and inspire us to endure to the end.” I am grateful for Hymns in my life. The promise of hymns moving us to repentance, building faith, inspiring us to endure to the end & so on have all been evident in my life. For the next few posts, I will be writing about some of my most treasured & favorite hymns & share my feelings & testimony of how they have helped me in my life. Stay tuned! 

1 comment:

  1. No question about it, music is a powerful medium. It's always encouraging to hear when it has a positive influence on someone's life.