Wednesday, June 16, 2010

RS Lesson: Music by Linn

It has been said that music is the speech of angels-It speaks in a language more powerful than words. Many great composers say that God has spoken to them through music and enlightened them: Mozart, Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert.

Beautiful uplifting music has the power to heal us both spiritually and physically-It has the power to drive evil away. Even in Old Testiment times they understood the power of music to heal. The young shepherd boy David used his harp to spiritually heal Saul. (1 Samuel 16)

The spirit of God dwells in great music - anything that is not comfortable in the presence of that spirit will depart. Evil and light cannot coexist because evil cannot tolerate the presence of light. Not only does music have power to heal us spiritually - it also has power to heal us physically. It allows our mind to take us away from pain, to take us back to good times, to help us feel younger and more vital.

Music can teach and inspire-President Lee: "the most inspired preaching is always accompanied by beautiful, inspired music." Music stimulates the entire brain. Both the left and right side work together as we process music which helps us remember and problem solve. It has the power to put order in our mind.

Music can lift and comfort-The words of hymns and beautiful music can bring us comfort and courage, lift our spirits, and help us overcome discouragement. During the dark days of Winter Quarters the Lord revealed to Brigham Young that the camp should: "praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing, and with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving" D&C 136:28. The Savior used music to give him courage and strength as He prepared to go out and complete His greatest test. In Mark we read: “And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.” Mark 14:26

Music can protect us, elevate us-One of the worlds outside influences on our families that we can control is the music that is allowed in our homes. If music has the power to heal, inspire, teach, protect, promote love, worship and to elevate us, we should fill our homes with beautiful, uplifting, worthy music and be cautious of any music that can dull our family's spiritual sensitivity.

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