Song 094 – To Love, To Serve, To Offer All

By March 29, 2018Songs

The music I composed for this song was used as the music for Psalm 134. When we first moved to Dallas, I was called as the Young Men’s President and Priest Quorum Advisor. Young Men’s and Young Women’s had an annual theme in those years. This year, the theme was “To Love, To Serve, To Offer All,” based on the words of King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon Mosiah chapters 2, 3, and 4. A key verse is Mosiah 2:17 which includes: “I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” This insight, like so many in The Book of Mormon, is so important, and so far beyond the scope of understanding or teaching of the young farm boy, Joseph Smith, who translated The Book of Mormon. The song for theme was copyrighted by Newell Dalley of Provo, Utah, and was written out for piano. I did not like the music, and we were going to introduce the theme to the youth outside. So, I wrote my own version of the music. I love the words. I think the music I came up with goes well with the words. I’m interested in feedback from those who listen to my songs (and Psalms) and who read these notes. What do you think of this song, the message, and the music? As an image to capture this concept, I took a photo of a plaque in the basement of Old Main on the SUU (Southern Utah University) campus, which refers to my Great Great Grandfather, Bengt Nelson, Sr. He is certainly an example to me of someone who loved the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, who served with all his might, and who offered all to build the Kingdom of God on the earth in Cedar City, Utah.

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