Song 153 – The Great Cause

By June 6, 2018Songs

This song is referenced by Song 101 – This New Song, and was not used as the music for a Psalm. This is a first draft of putting what I consider to be a most important scripture to music. This section of the Doctrine & Covenants introduces the concept of Baptism for the Dead. The part quoted (D&C 128:22-24) starts out with the words: “Brethren, shall we not go on in so great a cause? … Let the earth break forth into singing.” Then it ends with this marvelous challenge: “Let us, therefore, as a church and a people, and as Latter-day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness; and let us present in his holy temple, when it is finished, a book containing the records of our dead, which shall be worthy of all acceptation.” The chord progression is unique in my repertoire. It is repetitive playing it over and over. I think a real musician could turn it into a nice majestic melody. The words are fabulous and deserve to be put to a musical score folks can remember and sing as praises to Heavenly Father. We were at the AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) Annual Convention the 20th-24th of May, 2018, and I took the photo to the left (and the extended photo) of the Salt Lake Temple from the roof of The Conference Center. To me, this temple symbolizes baptisms for the dead in these Latter-Days, and the photo illustrates how the Latter-day Saints have gone forward in so great a cause, since this revelation was recorded on 06 September 1842 in Nauvoo, Illinois.

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