Idea List: Listen to the Music
May 2001

“Idea List: Listen to the Music,” New Era, May 2001, 47

Idea List:

Listen to the Music

Through the Prophet Joseph, the Lord told Emma Smith, “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” (D&C 25:12). Since it is the “song of the heart” that is important, it is not necessary to have a great voice to worship with song. Here are some musical ways to draw the Spirit near, no matter how musically talented (or untalented) you might be.

  • Hum hymns or Primary songs to clear away unclean or unwanted thoughts.

  • Listen to your ward choir attentively. Focus on the music and the words. Thank the individual members for the time and effort they give to provide worshipful music.

  • Concentrate on the words of the sacrament hymn.

  • Put forth the effort to sing, even if you don’t think you have a great voice.

  • If you are working, hiking, or traveling for a long time, see how many hymns and Primary songs you can remember and sing.

  • If you are asked to plan family home evening, always use a hymn or Primary song to invite the Spirit.

  • Ponder the messages of the songs you sing in Church meetings.

  • When you have a gloomy day or face disappointment, use a song like “Scatter Sunshine” (Hymns, no. 230) to lighten your mood.

  • Think about hymns to help you fall asleep at night.

  • When you are working on a goal, choose a hymn or Primary song that will inspire you and sing it, hum it, or just think of the words and tune several times each day.

  • If you play an instrument, learn to play hymns and Primary songs.

  • Follow the First Presidency’s counsel found in the front of the hymnbook: “Hymns can lift our spirits, give us courage, and move us to righteous action. They can fill our souls with heavenly thoughts and bring us a spirit of peace. … Let us use the hymns to invite the Spirit of the Lord into … our personal lives” (Hymns, x).

Illustrated by Scott Snow