Singing Hymns

When the Stake Priesthood Leadership Meeting was supposed to start yesterday the announcement came that the presiding authority had not arrived. Considering the traffic we had seen on the freeway (I-15 was a parking lot) we were not surprised. This announcement did not delay the beginning of the meeting. The chorister stood up and began to lead us, thousands of men, in a series of hymns. The words to the hymn were displayed on the view-screen for all to see and we sang one hymn after another for 20 minutes until President Monson arrived. I was hoarse from singing tenor and being sick, but I felt good. It was inspiring to hear so many men singing hymns, and harmonizing, while waiting for our priesthood leader.

The interesting thing as I look back is that I have had an endless supply of hymns going through my head for the entire 29 hours since then. Twenty minutes of that spirit has kept my head so full that I have not had time for any bad thought since then. I wonder how long it will last?

That is proof of the power of hymns.

About David

David is the father of 8 extremely organized children (4 girls / 4 boys) who is constantly seeking answers to tough questions related to parenting, education and politics while moonlighting for 40 hours each week as a technology professional. He also enjoys cooking, gardening, and sports.
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