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    Default What's your favorite Hymn and why?

    I did a search and didn't see a topic like this started. So I figured why not.

    I have a few that I like quite a bit. My favorite is Come Thou Font, but it has been removed from the Hymnal. There is something about it, especially the MoTab rendition, that just stirs my soul.

    I would venture to guess that my other favorite is Abide with me; 'Tis Eventide. Whenever I'm struggling with anything, this is one of my go to hymns. Just helps me right my ship as it were.

    How about you?

    Looking forward to this one. I know we have some talented folks here on the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Tick View Post
    I did a search and didn't see a topic like this started. So I figured why not.

    I have a few that I like quite a bit. My favorite is Come Thou Font, but it has been removed from the Hymnal. There is something about it, especially the MoTab rendition, that just stirs my soul.

    I would venture to guess that my other favorite is Abide with me; 'Tis Eventide. Whenever I'm struggling with anything, this is one of my go to hymns. Just helps me right my ship as it were.

    How about you?

    Looking forward to this one. I know we have some talented folks here on the board.

    Tick
    I'm with you on your second pick. My siblings and I sang that in church in '96. I'm the only member left of the five of us, and it's a special memory for me.
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    It is hard to pick a favorite with so many great ones out there, both in and out of the LDS Hymnal.

    I like How Firm a Foundation, but not he melody that is common in the hymnal. Murray Boren, who was a professor at BYU when I was there composed a new setting for the words that is usually my go to when asked to sing somewhere that has not heard me before. It is a wonderful setting with some powerful tone painting and is in the original volume of Sabbath Song that was compiled by my voice teacher.

    And Come Thou Font: ever since first singing Mack's arrangement in the Hymns of Thanksgiving production back in 94, I have loved that piece. I am glad we do it often.
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    I love Come Thou Font. I've told my daughter she has to play that on the violin at my funeral some day as the price for buying it for her.

    I also really like Brightly Beams our Father's Mercy - particularly for a men's chorus.

    I love the words to Lord, I Would Follow Thee.

    Favorite Sacrament Hymn has to be In Humility, Our Savior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie View Post
    I love Come Thou Font. I've told my daughter she has to play that on the violin at my funeral some day as the price for buying it for her.

    I also really like Brightly Beams our Father's Mercy - particularly for a men's chorus.

    I love the words to Lord, I Would Follow Thee.

    Favorite Sacrament Hymn has to be In Humility, Our Savior.
    Too funny...that's the song that is playing on my ipad right now. MoTab version. Love it.

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    Be Still My Soul
    Where Can I Turn for Peace
    Come, Come Ye Saints. Classic LDS, pioneer heritage hymn.
    Abide with me Tis Eventide. Love the Walk to Emaus passage.
    How Firm a Foundation. Dig the verses it's based on in the OT.

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    My favorite hymn is The Lord is My Shepherd, by James Montgomery. It's based on the 23rd Psalm. This is how I think about Jesus. The longer I live and the more I experience, this seems to fit me more perfectly. No matter what I've gone through, what danger I've been in, how far I've wandered, he's always taken care of me, and I believe he always will.

    The Lord is my Shepherd, no want shall I know;
    I feed in green pastures, safe folded I rest;
    He leadeth my soul where the still waters flow,
    Restores me when wand’ring, redeems when oppressed.

    Through valley and shadow of death though I stray,
    Since Thou art my Guardian, no evil I fear;
    Thy rod shall defend me, Thy staff be my stay;
    No harm can befall, with my Comforter near.

    In midst of affliction my table is spread;
    With blessings unmeasured my cup runneth o’er;
    With perfume and oil Thou anointest my head;
    O what shall I ask of Thy providence more?

    Let goodness and mercy, my bountiful God,
    Still follow my steps till I meet Thee above;
    I seek, by the path which my forefathers trod,
    Through land of their sojourn, Thy Kingdom of love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
    My favorite hymn is The Lord is My Shepherd, by James Montgomery. It's based on the 23rd Psalm. This is how I think about Jesus. The longer I live and the more I experience, this seems to fit me more perfectly. No matter what I've gone through, what danger I've been in, how far I've wandered, he's always taken care of me, and I believe he always will.

    The Lord is my Shepherd, no want shall I know;
    I feed in green pastures, safe folded I rest;
    He leadeth my soul where the still waters flow,
    Restores me when wand’ring, redeems when oppressed.

    Through valley and shadow of death though I stray,
    Since Thou art my Guardian, no evil I fear;
    Thy rod shall defend me, Thy staff be my stay;
    No harm can befall, with my Comforter near.

    In midst of affliction my table is spread;
    With blessings unmeasured my cup runneth o’er;
    With perfume and oil Thou anointest my head;
    O what shall I ask of Thy providence more?

    Let goodness and mercy, my bountiful God,
    Still follow my steps till I meet Thee above;
    I seek, by the path which my forefathers trod,
    Through land of their sojourn, Thy Kingdom of love.
    That's awesome. It's why I ask folks to share the "why". I'd have never have looked at it like that.

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    Favorite: Hark All Ye Nations.

    Sang it in the MTC choir with so much zeal I had a strong spiritual experience. It was awesome.

    I like hymns that are peppy. Slow sappy ones I puke one. Someone should start a "what is your least-favorite hymn?" thread. Or just add least favorites into this discussion.

    Least favorites:
    Because I have Been Given Much (too overused)
    I Believe in Christ (too long)
    Anything that's played/sung under tempo

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    what's that schlocky song about the crucifixion they're using to guilt primary kids recently? gethsemane? hate that one
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    While not technically a hymn, I love A Child's Prayer. It's a simple song with a beautiful melody and resembles many similar prayers that I've given over the years.

    Out of the French hymn book, I really like Souviens-toi. It not only has a beautiful melody (thanks Dvorak!) but it's about the veil and a parent trying to get information about the other side from their child.


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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    what's that schlocky song about the crucifixion they're using to guilt primary kids recently? gethsemane? hate that one
    You have no soul.

    Jesus, Lover of my Soul is a good one, even though the title always makes me giggle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFatMeanie View Post
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    Least favorites:
    Because I have Been Given Much (too overused)
    I Believe in Christ (too long)
    Anything that's played/sung under tempo
    Focusing on the negative, which is my wont, I agree strongly with the above, esp. the endless I Believe in Christ, which has eight verses that McConkie deviously turned into four by simply bridging pairs of verses together. When it's used as the horribly misnamed "rest hymn" between speakers, I being contemplating my exit from the Church, or at least the meeting, while singing about my faith.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    Focusing on the negative, which is my wont, I agree strongly with the above, esp. the endless I Believe in Christ, which has eight verses that McConkie deviously turned into four by simply bridging pairs of verses together. When it's used as the horribly misnamed "rest hymn" between speakers, I being contemplating my exit from the Church, or at least the meeting, while singing about my faith.
    I'm with you and BFM. I always find a way to get up and walk around when they sing "I Believe in Christ" because I don't want to wind up in a straight jacket.

    My favorite is Lead Kindly Light.

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    My favorites include:

    Be Still My Soul
    I Need Thee Every Hour
    Nearer My God to Thee
    Savior Redeemer of My Soul
    Abide With Me
    More Holiness Give Me
    Lead, Kindly Light
    God Be With You
    Brightly Beams our Father's Mercy

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    Focusing on the negative, which is my wont, I agree strongly with the above, esp. the endless I Believe in Christ, which has eight verses that McConkie deviously turned into four by simply bridging pairs of verses together. When it's used as the horribly misnamed "rest hymn" between speakers, I being contemplating my exit from the Church, or at least the meeting, while singing about my faith.
    A special musical number featuring piano, violin, solo, duet, quartet, choir, etc is great. Rest hymns are an abomination and should be abolished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    A special musical number featuring piano, violin, solo, duet, quartet, choir, etc is great. Rest hymns are an abomination and should be abolished.
    I've always thought the ideal sacrament meeting music schedule is choir one week, a special number another, and an intermediate hymn the other. Five week months could have another musical number or a special choir such as youth, women or men. Wards may be hard pressed to get more than a monthly musical number besides the choir so the intermediate hymn is a nice once a month feature, so long as the music moves along well enough to keep peoples interest and attention. Note the examples used for intermediate hymns in conference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Copelius View Post
    I've always thought the ideal sacrament meeting music schedule is choir one week, a special number another, and an intermediate hymn the other. Five week months could have another musical number or a special choir such as youth, women or men. Wards may be hard pressed to get more than a monthly musical number besides the choir so the intermediate hymn is a nice once a month feature, so long as the music moves along well enough to keep peoples interest and attention. Note the examples used for intermediate hymns in conference.
    I don't think this is adding up the way you'd hoped it would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flystripper View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soccermom View Post
    My favorite is Lead Kindly Light.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    My favorites include:

    Lead, Kindly Light


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    Lead, Kindly Light
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    A special musical number featuring piano, violin, solo, duet, quartet, choir, etc is great. Rest hymns are an abomination and should be abolished.
    Some of us feel the same about the very special performance by the exceptionally talented Ward member. Could we just compromise and make it an hour long meeting instead of 1:10?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    Some of us feel the same about the very special performance by the exceptionally talented Ward member. Could we just compromise and make it an hour long meeting instead of 1:10?
    I don't get too bothered by performances from exceptionally talented Ward members. It's the "exceptionally talented" Ward members' performances that annoy me. Simple solution - skip the first 1:10 of the meeting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    Ha, and flystripper is an apostate!


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    In my defense, I rarely make it to all four meetings each month.

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    My ward hasn't had a "rest" hymn in years -- booked out 6 months in advance with musical numbers.

    Redeemer of Israel, High on a Mountain Top, and How Firm a Foundation are a few of my faves as long as they are sung at a brisk tempo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CardiacCoug View Post
    My ward hasn't had a "rest" hymn in years -- booked out 6 months in advance with musical numbers.
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    My faves:

    Primary - My Heavenly Father Loves Me (The essence of life)
    Smack - Come Thou Oh See See (it was a lot funnier 15 years ago)
    Sacrament - In Humility Our Savior (I hummed it to myself almost every Sunday while deployed to Bosnia before taking the sacrament)
    On acoustical guitar - Redeemer of Israel (Jared Coleman could do a mean rendition of this before he quit West Point to go to the BYU and onto NYU law)
    Christmas - I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Uplifting and optimistic)
    Historical/Cultural - Come Come Ye Saints (I'm Mormon and I'm Proud!)
    By MoTab - Come Thou Fount
    David Archuleta - Be Still My Soul
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goatnapper'96 View Post
    My faves:


    Christmas - I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Uplifting and optimistic)
    I love this song.

    And depending on the soloist,

    "Amazing Grace."

    and not exactly a hymn but a quite moving "hymn-like" song, "Hallelujah":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRP8d7hhpoQ
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