I personally feel a strong spirit when the song is sung. I love this song in the present version even with all of the changes that have been made. The man who wrote this song wrote it with great love and the members who choose to sing the song sing it with thier own meanings and to whom and how they choose. The love and feelings we each carry with us is the reason the spirit chooses to be there.]]>
Hey! Long time no comment on this blog! Good to hear your analysis again:)]]>
Oddly enough, my wife removed the song, at their request, only to happily see it added back into the program later.
It may not be the meaning of the whole song, but there is something powerful about singing the words “We thank the oh God for a prophet…” full blast with 10,000 other people while the prophet is there with you.]]>
So.. let me get this straight, you are contending that we should not use the phrase “We thank thee O, God for a prophet” as a respectful homage to.. a prophet?
All the hermeneutics aside, isn’t the sentiment here to sing a song that expresses our gratitude for our current living prophet and latter-day revelation, etc..
On top of that, why isn’t it appropriate to sing a song that includes all the blessings of the restoration (all of which, by the way are essentially worthless when a prophet is subtracted from the equation)
And the wicked who fight against Zion actually will be smitten at last.. as a careful reading of the scriptures will reveal.
In all your analysis don’t forget that there’s a forest somewhere amongst all them trees. :)]]>