In 2012 the Choir released a children’s album featuring recordings of Primary songs with all new arrangements. The album, Teach Me To Walk in the Light & Other Children’s Favorites, was designed for children and adults alike. Mormon Tabernacle Choir Music Director, Mack Wilberg, said, “It was a bit of a challenge deciding what would best be on this recording, but one thing that was always in the back of my mind was that it had to be children’s songs that adults could sing as well.” Associate Director, Ryan Murphy, added, “I love this project because it touches so many different age ranges and generations, and these are songs that I loved as a child.”View Full Story
It appeared as if the whole world was on the Conference Center stage during the American Choir Directors Association concert on Saturday, February 28, 2015. For the finale of the concert, the 360-member Mormon Tabernacle Choir was joined by Santino Fontana, Sylvia McNair, the Unites States Air Force Singing Sergeants, and five ACDA Honor Choirs—for a combined 1,700-voice choir. The result was a thrilling combination of voices, singing together as one. It seemed only fitting to close the event with the American spiritual “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” They were accompanied by 85 members of the Orchestra at Temple Square.
The song was first published in the 1927 hymnal Spirituals Triumphant, Old and New. Since then, it has been recorded numerous times and reached number 2 on the United States pop singles chart when English singer Laurie London recorded it. Artists such as Perry Como, The Isley Brothers, and Nina Simone have also covered the song.View Full Story
The Old Testament book of Joshua, chapter 6, records the amazing account of the Israelite army overthrowing the city of Jericho. This fascinating story shows how keeping the commandments lead to the fulfillment of God’s promises.
In the biblical account, we learn that God spoke to Joshua and told him to march around the city with his army once every day for six days. On the seventh day, God told him to march around the city seven times while the priests blew their ram’s horn trumpets. At the sound of the trumpets, Joshua told the people to shout, as God had commanded them to do. When they shouted “with a great shout” (verse 20), the walls fell down, and Joshua’s army took the city.View Full Story
“I Know That My Savior Loves Me” is a children’s song composed by Tami Jeppson Creamer, with lyrics by Derena Bell. It was published in 2002 in the Friend magazine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The first verse of the song describes children gathered around Jesus and being blessed by Him and feeling His love during His time on earth; the second verse describes how we can learn about Jesus and feel His love today.View Full Story
The Bells on Temple Square will take center stage at Brigham Young University-Idaho on April 24 for their concert “Joyfully Ring” at 7:30 p.m. in the Ruth Barrus Concert Hall. This program, at the invitation of the University, marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of Bells on Temple Square. Tickets are available at byui.universitytickets.com
The bell choir, conducted by LeAnna Wilmore, presents two concerts a year on Temple Square as well as performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in concerts, broadcasts and special events. “To be celebrating our tenth anniversary is a great tribute to our musicians,” Wilmore says.View Full Story
Those who were lucky enough to attend the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) concert in February were treated to a beautiful rendition of "This Little Light of Mine” by two-time Grammy Award winner Sylvia McNair and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. McNair’s three-decade career spans the musical territories of musical theater and cabaret, opera, and oratorio, and she has been featured as a soloist with practically every major opera company and symphony orchestra in the world.
“This Little Light of Mine” is a children’s gospel-folk song by Harry Dixon Loes and is based on verses from the New Testament, including Matthew 5:14-16, Luke 11:33, John 8:12, and John 9:5. During the concert, McNair inspired the audience with her effortless interpretation of the Moses Hogan arrangement. The Choir’s supporting vocals added the perfect touch to the soothing clarity of McNair’s vocals.View Full Story
During general conference, we shared a series of memes on our social media channels in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Here is the complete collection of all general conference images in each language. Which hymns inspired you the most? Click on the image to enlarge.
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Jesus Christ lived. He walked the Holy Land, working miracles and teaching truth. Then He was crucified. But His death was not the end. Because of His Resurrection, we will live again. Because of His sacrifice, we can rise above sin to experience true joy. Because He lives, we can find His help and healing every day of our lives.
Watch this moving Easter video from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For more information click here.View Full Story
During the April 1972 general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, former Apostle Bruce R. McConkie shared a stirring, personal talk titled "The Testimony of Jesus." In his address, he revealed his personal witness of Christ and shared a poem he wrote, titled “I Believe in Christ.” Before sharing the poem he stated the following:
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I shall take the liberty, both by way of testimony and to set the tone for what is involved, to read these words of my own composition:
I Believe in Christ
I believe in Christ, he is my king;
With all my heart to him I'll sing;
I'll raise my voice in praise and joy,
In grand amens my tongue employ.
I believe in Christ, he is God's Son;
On earth to dwell his soul did come;
He healed the sick, the dead he raised,
Good works were his, his name be praised
I believe in Christ, O blessed name,
As Mary's Son he came to reign
'Mid mortal men, his earthly kin,
To save them from the woes of sin.
I believe in Christ, who marked the path,
Who did gain all his Father hath,
Who said to men: "Come, follow me,
That ye, my friends, with God may be."
I believe in Christ—my Lord, my God—
My feet he plants on gospel sod;
I'll worship him with all my might;
He is the source of truth and light.
I believe in Christ, he ransoms me;
From Satan's grasp he sets me free,
And I shall live with joy and love
In his eternal courts above.
I believe in Christ, he stands supreme;
From him I'll gain my fondest dream;
And while I strive through grief and pain,
His voice is heard: "Ye shall obtain."
I believe in Christ; so come what may,
With him I'll stand in that great day
When on this earth he comes again,
To rule among the sons of men
"Come unto Jesus" was written by Orson Pratt Huish and was included in the 1948 hymn book of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Watch the Choir singing the hymn from April 2012 general conference, with lyrics below:View Full Story