I was bishop at the time and conducted his funeral. One of the most touching moments of the funeral was when the young men of the ward stood together and sang “I Beleive in Christ.” Of all the things my friend would have wanted for the young men, their willingness to sing words proclaiming their belief in the risen Lord would have topped his list. Every time I hear or sing that song, my thoughts are turned to pleasant memories of my friend. For that reason only, I love that song.]]>
My relationship to the McConkie hymn was sort of like my relationship to dill pickles. Once when I was about 6 years old, I ate way too many and, basically overdosed. I didn’t touch another dill pickle for about 10 years.
There was a senior sister missionary serving in our branch a little over 10 years ago who absolutely loved the hymn. So, during half-time at every baptism (and we were having a lot back then), she’d request that it be sung. And then the next week, again, and then again.
My quota was filled. So, before I sing it again in a congregation there are a whole host of other wonderful hymns that I would like to sing.]]>
As to the question of lame hymns, I am a firm believer that the most important message in the universe should be conveyed by the best possible medium. “It has a good message” in no way redeems a bad piece of art, a bad poem, or a bad song, but actually makes it worse, because of the injustice being done to the subject.]]>
Hymn #135 is rather unique in that its music was written by a Seventy.
There’s a wide variety so that everyone has a chance to find some they like. Because you don’t like a specific hymn is no reason to have it removed from the hymnal. Ask the bishop to let you choose hymns some time/s. Maybe he’d consider letting several people, who desire to do so, choose the hymns, and rotate through them. There are hymns I’m not in love with, but I don’t openly complain about them because others like them, and hymns I like cycle through.
The 1948 hymnal had a hymn I absolutely hated, until Mack Wilberg arranged it and now it’s my favorite, but only in his arrangement (“Come, Thou Fount Of Every Blessing”).]]>
Was the music really written after E. McConkie’s April 1985 death?]]>