A little mistake?

Posted on April 6, 2011. Filed under: General Church Music, Stake Music |

The last song of the Sunday morning session of the 2011 April General Conference was Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of “The Spirit of God”.  It’s a rousing arrangement that begins with a solo and ends with full choir at ff. I couldn’t help but chuckle a little as the song was announced.  A few years ago a family member chose that hymn to be sung by the choir at stake conference.  During the music approval process the visiting general authority said “no” to that hymn.  The reason he gave was that “The Spirit of God” is never to be sung except at temple dedications.  We all guessed he hadn’t read page 381 of the hymnbook where that specific hymn is listed under Hymns for Stake Conference. But what are you going to do, argue with the visiting authority?  No.  However, when moments such as these come and you know he’s sitting on the stand with the other general authorities listening to the choir sing that hymn arrangement, it makes you wonder if he remembers when he used to think that was an inappropriate hymn to be sung at a conference. And, if you are ever in a position like his, you had better know what it says in your handbook and hymnbook.

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