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Music is often cited in scriptures, history

Throughout the history of God's dealings with man, sacred music has been performed in connection with events of great import, such as the birth of Jesus Christ, His atonement and crucifixion, the organization of the Church in this dispensation, and the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Likewise, there will be music during the glorious events of Christ's coming in glory and the millennium, according to prophecies.

Here are several citations from scriptures and Church history.Pre-existence

  • The "morning stars" (i.e. spirits in the pre-existence) sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy when the foundations of the earth were laid. (See Job 38:7.)

Old Testament

  • Moses and the children of Israel sang unto the Lord after their escape from Pharaoh's hosts. (See Ex 15:1.)
  • Certain Levites were appointed as musicians to perform when the ark of the covenant was brought to Jerusalem. (See 1 Chron. 15:16-28.)
  • The Psalms, 73 of which are ascribed to King David, were written as songs of praise to the Lord. According to the Bible Dictionary in the LDS edition of the King James Bible, no book of the Old Testament is more Christian in its inner sense than is Psalms. (See Bible Dictionary, pp. 754-755.)

New Testament

  • A multitude of the heavenly host sang at the birth of Jesus. (See Luke 2:13-14.)
  • At the feast of the Passover, when Jesus and His disciples had "sung an hymn," they went to the mount of Olives and then to the garden of Gethsemane. (Matt. 26:30)

Book of Mormon

  • When Lehi saw a vision of Christ and His disciples, he also saw God upon His throne surrounded by "numberless concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising their God." (See 1 Ne. 1:8.)
  • The Nephites sang praises to the Lord for their victories over the Gadianton robbers. (See 3 Ne. 4:31.)
  • The Jaredites sang praises to the Lord while being led to the promised land. (See Ether 6:9.)
  • Singing was part of the worship in the Church established by Christ among the Nephites. (See Moro. 6:9.)

Church history

  • Three months after the Church was organized in this dispensation, Emma Smith was commanded by the Lord to make a selection of sacred hymns for the Church. (See D&C 25:11-12.)
  • Elder John Taylor, to cheer the Prophet Joseph Smith, sang "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" in Carthage Jail on the afternoon of the prophet's martyrdom. (See A Comprehensive History of the Church 2:282-283.)

Prophecies of future events

  • John saw in vision that music and singing will be heard when Christ comes in glory. (See Rev. 14:2-3.)
  • During the millennium the whole earth will be at rest and will "break forth into singing." (See Isa. 14:7 and 2 Ne. 24:7.)

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