Not all musical gospel messages are appropriate for a Sacrament meeting. It
would be appropriate to perform "When I Am Baptized" in a more
traditional rendition in Sacrament Meeting. There are a thousand other venues
where that hymn could appropriately be performed with a "uke" and and a
"beat". We must be careful to preserve the appropriate atmosphere for
Sacrament Meeting by using appropriate renditions of hymns. If I were Bishop, I
could see either of these arrangements performed in the Primary room to the
delight and benefit of the children, or at a Ward talent night in the Cultural
Hall or on the beach. I would not delight in them being sung in Sacrament
Meeting. These are "casual" musical arrangements. Sacrament Meeting
should always be more formal. We "dress up" our language when praying
using "Thee", "Thy", "Thine". We should do the same for
Sacrament Meeting by changing the tempo, softening the "edges" of the
arrangement and resisting modern styles by hearkening back to more formal
styles. We do the same with our clothing styles when partaking of the
Sacrament. Music should match the setting and purpose of the meeting.
These troubadour missionaries may find a humorless mission president censoring
their lyrics. At least that’s what happened to the singing nun of the
1960s when she became too much of a celebrity for the comfort of leaders of her
@Red Corvette, I will bet you that the amount of walls torn down by church music
far outnumber the amount of walls built up. Would you rather let someone in
your home carrying a ukulele, guitar, banjo or a sitar OR would you let someone
in your home with a M16?
No way my ward would ever allow ukeleles. And they'd better sing
everything at 60 bpm.
And yet even with all the naysayers and critics, the church continues to grow
and spread throughout the world. It must be hard for those who are so set
against the teachings of the gospel to see.
@Red Corvette,You would be surprised. One of my first companions could
sing well and he used music to gain entrance into homes and once in, as a
teaching tool. Appropriate music invites the Spirit.