A Choir in Every Ward
Several years ago I served as a missionary in a small branch in Spain. About 50 people attended Sacrament Meeting each week, 6 of those were missionaries. Every Sunday evening the adults in the branch gathered at the chapel for choir practice. Sometimes there was an accompanist (when a missionary could play) and sometimes they sang a capella. But they always sang. Choir practice was the ward social event of the week. Almost all the adults participated. When they sang in Sacrament Meeting there was rarely an adult left in the congregation, just children. But, that was okay. These Saints loved singing. Until I arrived they had only been singing the hymns in unison. I convinced them that they could learn to sing in 2-part harmony. We chose a favorite hymn and after a month of rehearsals this small branch choir did it. They sang that 2-part hymn in Sacrament Meeting and were absolutely thrilled.
So, when I hear of full-sized wards in the United States who do not have a ward choir I shake my head in disbelief. Do they not understand the power of choral music in our Sacrament Meetings? Do they not understand the blessings that come to members participating in a choir? Do they not understand that singing in a choir is one of the few things we’ll do on this earth that we will continue to do beyond the grave?“…at this period of time when I am about to go down to my grave, that I might go down in peace, and my immortal spirit may join the choirs above in singing the praises of a just God.” ~Mosiah 2:28