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Minyan Man wrote:A question: can a ward choir director go ahead and use it in a sacrament meeting?
In my experience it all depends on the working relationships between the bishop and the ward music chairperson and choir director. How much trust and latitude does the bishop give, how much musical tastes align, etc. And what your choir enjoys.
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What are the rules about hymns not in the current book? I was at a wedding where they sang "Jerusalem", and there are a number of decent LDS hymns which are not in the book but not offensive or containing obsolete doctrine.
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ohh, I loved that! Thanks for sharing.
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Ward choirs can sing whatever they want to sing - as long as the Choir Director doesn't ask for permission all the time (and Ian willing to be released if the choice is especially . . . Interesting.
Seriously, sometimes we simply ask too many questions. Pres. Kimball said, "Just do it" - so my defense would be that I was following the Prophet.
I see through my glass, darkly - as I play my saxophone in harmony with the other instruments in God's orchestra. (h/t Elder Joseph Wirthlin)
Even if people view many things differently, the core Gospel principles (LOVE; belief in the unseen but hoped; self-reflective change; symbolic cleansing; striving to recognize the will of the divine; never giving up) are universal.
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