Musical exchange allows for 'sharing of gifts' between Mormons, other faiths

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  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    May 25, 2014 10:51 p.m.

    When I was stationed in Korea back in the 1960s, I used to play the organ for the Catholic Chaplain while he was conducting Protestant services. It was all about helping each other.

    May 22, 2014 7:49 a.m.

    We live in a complex society. We LDS have been taught that “the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me.” Does that make playing for pay a form of “paid ministry” when done for other faiths? Are we thus “paid for praying?”
    On the other hand, we are under the necessity of earning our keep in this mortal life. So, where do we draw the line?
    Another question, perhaps even more complex, concerns ecumenism: Is it of God, or men? Do LDS “corrupt” their doctrinal bases when working with other churches on common beliefs and practices?
    There are more questions than these representative ones, but I believe God is “able to do his own work”, resolve complex questions, and accomplish His own purposes, which we don’t always fully understand. In the meantime, I applaud efforts to bring us together as Christians, and compliment the musicians involved, whether they are willingly paid by the congregations they serve, or are doing it as a charitable service.

  • Unabiller Excelsior, MN
    May 21, 2014 5:06 p.m.

    My older sister received her BS in Music performance (:organ)from San Jose State many years ago. While working on her MBA at UCLA she hired herself out to perform at various churches around the Los Angeles area for extra spending money. We had a young man in our local Ward here in Minneapolis area who got a job at the Basilica of St. Mary for awhile (not sure if he is still there or not), because of his exceptional organ talents. There are far more talented organists than there are organs, it appears.

  • coltakashi Richland, WA
    May 20, 2014 9:29 a.m.

    We share with all other Christian churches the heritage of sacred music, which emphasizes the words of scripture, on which we can all agree, and the inspired legacy of great compositions, from Amazing Grace to Handel's Messiah. In the new movie, "Heaven is for real", a recurring theme is the hymn "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing". It was included in the LDS.Hymns before the 1985 edition, which inexplicably deleted it. The Tabernacle Choir performs it frequently. An updated hymn book can now be published electronically. When it is updated, let us restore that hymn and include others that draw from the treasure house of great Christian music.

  • donn layton, UT
    May 19, 2014 9:18 p.m.

    RE: shimlau, and there is nothing wrong with that. True,

    As long as no one tries to proselytize. E.g.., The true gospel simply says: ‘If you join Jesus through repentance and faith, then he will save you.

    VS, “The proselytizer’s good news is that you can swap out your inferior beliefs and community for their superior beliefs and better community.

  • islandboy Honolulu, HI
    May 19, 2014 6:12 p.m.


  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    May 19, 2014 1:03 p.m.

    and there is nothing wrong with that.

  • Understands Math Lacey, WA
    May 19, 2014 11:14 a.m.

    A former college roommate of mine who was (and still is, as far as I know) active LDS, also played organ in Episcopal church services.

    Not for cultural exchange purposes: because they would pay him. If you want to be a professional organist, and you're LDS, you're going to have to play for the church services of other faiths.