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.
1. Come, sing to the Lord, his name to praise.
He in these latter days did raise
A prophet to his name,
The blessed gospel to restore.
Come, sing to the Lord, his name adore!
2. The prophets of old beheld this day,
Its glory told in wondrous lay.
They saw our prophet dear,
Who times of fulness ushered in.
Come, sing to the Lord, his praises ring!
3. The keys of the priesthood of our Lord
To us in fulness are restored,
Their blessings to bestow,
And pow’rs divine are manifest.
Come, sing to the Lord, his name be blessed!
*Suitable for All Ages*
Begin by reading this true story: In the summer of 2015, a family and a group of friends was boating out on a lake. The boat flipped over during a storm and four people died. Three survived, including two teenagers, Tiffany and Tylinn. They were 14 and 13 years old at the time. When they were rescued, they talked told their families what they did to try and find hope as they attempted to swim the 3.5 miles to shore in 58 degree water.
According to their parents, they sang primary songs and prayed. Sometimes the winds and the waves were so loud they had to yell so they could hear each other.
Read aloud: This story helps illustrate how powerful music can be in our lives. Good music, music that elevates and inspires, can bring us closer to Heavenly Father, enrich our lives, and help us feel the Spirit. There are lots of different types of music. There is music for worship, music for dancing, music for thinking, and much more.
Activity: Give everyone a sheet of paper and have them write down the names of their favorite songs. Then, read aloud the following passage from the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet.
Choose carefully the music you listen to. Pay attention to how you feel when you are listening. Some music can carry evil and destructive messages. Do not listen to music that encourages immorality or glorifies violence through its lyrics, beat, or intensity. Do not listen to music that uses vulgar or offensive language or promotes evil practices. Such music can dull your spiritual sensitivity.
Ask everyone to take a minute and go over their list of songs and have them ask these questions to themselves: Do these songs make me feel close to Heavenly Father? Are there any I would feel uncomfortable listening to in His presence? Do I feel the Spirit when I listen to this song?
Read aloud: Just as Tiffany and Tylinn experienced, there are great blessings in music. Through music, we can teach the gospel, comfort ourselves and others, grow our faith, and protect ourselves against temptation.
Ask: How has music blessed you in your life? Has there been a time when a hymn or song made a difference to you?
Finish the lesson by sharing personal experiences and bearing your testimony about the power of good music.
This lesson was inspired by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and their hope to make the largest virtual choir in the world. Lend your voice!
-1 cup powdered graham crackers
-4 tablespoons melted butter
-approx. 8 tablespoons of your favorite peanut butter
-1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
In the food processor, add powdered graham crackers, melted butter & 5 tablespoons peanut butter and mix until it’s all mixed evenly. Fill half of the muffin cups if using with this mix and even them out using a spoon. Chill in refrigerator till you prepare your top layer.
Bring water to boil in a pot. Place a clean bowl on top of the pot with simmering water and add chocolate chips in there. Start to move it around with a spatula and you will chocolate will start to melt in few minutes. Add peanut butter, starting with 3 tbsps and you can add more if you want more intense peanut butter flavor. Mix it all until all the chocolate & peanut butter is melted.
Remove the bowl from top of the pot and fill the remaining half of the muffin cups with this chocolate mix.
Now quickly melt some peanut butter in microwave. Add few drops of melted peanut butter on top of one muffin at a time and using a toothpick or knife, make swirls around. Repeat with the rest and pop them in refrigerator until chilled for 2-4 hours. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator!
(Courtesy of Naive Cook Cooks)
Family Music Night/Service Activity
Share your favorite songs or pieces, whether you just listen to them together or perform on instruments. If you have time, consider visiting a nursing home or the people you visit or home teach and sing them some hymns.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.