Mormon missionaries use song, ukuleles to share the gospel

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  • Mark C Gilbert, SC
    Aug. 19, 2014 9:08 a.m.

    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.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Aug. 18, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    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 religious order.

  • Tahoemormon70 Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 17, 2014 12:14 p.m.

    @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?

  • Weston Jurney West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 17, 2014 10:55 a.m.

    No way my ward would ever allow ukeleles. And they'd better sing everything at 60 bpm.

  • Amazing In Utah, UT
    Aug. 17, 2014 10:49 a.m.

    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.

  • Wacoan Waco, TX
    Aug. 16, 2014 7:26 a.m.

    @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.