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On the night of the Last Supper, the Savior and His disciples gathered together for the last time before Jesus would fulfill His Father’s will. To conclude this sacred event, Matthew tells us, they sang a hymn before leaving for the Mount of Olives (see Matthew 26:30).
Imagine, if you will, the Savior of the world singing with His beloved disciples before they dispersed. The Savior undoubtedly knew deep in His heart what was to come later that evening and the next day. Perhaps worshiping and singing with those He loved offered comfort and peace.
During these months of unprecedented challenges and uncertainty we, too, need comfort and strength for coming events. We can learn much from the Savior’s example of what will bring us spiritual strength, nourishment and peace during times of crisis. Sacred music and scripture study are a perfect combination.
The First Presidency has reminded us, “Music has boundless powers for moving families toward greater spirituality and devotion to the gospel. Hymns can lift our spirits, give us courage, and move us to righteous action. They can fill our souls with heavenly thoughts and bring us a spirit of peace” (see The First Presidency Preface of the Hymnbook 1985).
New this year to “Come, Follow Me — for Individuals and Families” is “Suggested Music for Families,” found in Appendix D.
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