Sunday, November 20, 2011

National Bible Week

 Today's adventure was a trip to the D.C. Temple Visitor's Center for a National Bible Association musical presentation. The National Bible Association was created in 1940 by a group of business and professional people in New York City. Their purpose was to find hope for America while war raged in Europe. By 1941 these leaders agreed that the Bible, a proven source of hope and encouragement throughout history, should be the focus of their efforts.

The concert featured a group from a Baptist church in Baltimore of a young children's choir called the Singing Sensation. They were so completely cute. With all that God has done for me how can I not worship Him, were the words that sang. How true those words are.

The second group to perform was a Jewish group who sang in Hebrew. The tenor in the front did a phenomenal job. Because they sang in Hebrew it was difficult to understand what they were saying but I guess that's the beauty of music; it speaks the same language and stirs the same emotions no matter if you can understand the words or not.

 The final performance was Jenny Oaks Baker on the violin and Brad Oaks on the piano. They did an amazing job. Started with Beautiful Savior, than How Great Though Art followed by a fabulous performance by her 3 daughters on the piano, violin and cello reminding us that I Am A Child of God. Brad did a solo on the piano of Nearer My God to Thee and they finished off the evening with a duet again of Amazing Grace. While I have not always liked this song I very much enjoy when Jenny Oaks Baker performs it.

I love how music of praise to our Lord can unite people of any faith together in a common agreement of faith in God. D&C 25:12 For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart: yea the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads. Music truly is a way to express what is in your heart and raise praise to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

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