The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is known among its members for providing many tools to assist them in learning principles of the gospel. In line with this, the organization publishes a hymnal in a variety of formats, and to accompany the 341-song hymnal printed in 1985, they compiled two 14-CD collections. Listeners have the option of choosing between a compilation of music only, or a compilation with both music and words. No musicians are credited in the collections, but likely the talent was gleaned from the wealth of gifted LDS musicians living near Salt Lake City, Utah. On the music-only disc, a trio of instruments is used: the piano, violin and flute. The effect is quite beautiful to the ear, and provides a peaceful alternative to more abrasive styles of music for the Sabbath. Both discs are perfectly appropriate for Sunday listening as well as teaching the family an appreciation for the hymns of the church. On the collection with words, non-LDS Christians will likely be surprised to find the large number of hymns devoted to the reverence of Christ, as it is a common misperception that Latter-Day Saints do not follow the teachings of Christ. As another interesting note, there are a number of arrangements specifically written for women or for men included. They begin at number 309 for the women and 319 for the men, and end with hymn 338, which is the patriotic standard "America the Beautiful." Copies of the collections and the hymnals are easily obtained through the libraries of the organization's local chapels.
Hymns: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Review
by Dacia A. Blodgett-Williams