Thursday, June 27, 2013

Praise to the Man

Praise to the Man, SATB Choir, PDF, audio
Summer Series #3

On June 27, 1844, Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the Restoration, sealed his testimony with his blood as he was martyred in Carthage, Illinois. I know that God and Jesus Christ appeared to the boy Joseph and raised him to be the prophet who would restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. Today, Thomas S. Monson is the called and authorized Prophet to lead and guide us. Glory and thanks be to the Father for continuing to call prophets in these latter-days! Oh, how greatly we need their counsel and direction today!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Großer Gott, wir loben dich

Großer Gott, wir loben dich, SATB Choir, PDF, mp3 (click Download on the next screen)
(English Translation on the way!)
Summer Series #2

Having spent two years in Germany serving the wonderful German people, I felt it my duty to arrange a piece of music in love and honor of this great land and people. This is my favorite German hymn! It is so beautiful and powerful, yet simple and pure. I think of the majestic churches and cathedrals on Sunday morning, when the bells would start ringing, and then grow into a massive chiming chorus of praise to God! It is, to me, a legacy of the rich religious roots and tradition that Europe, and especially Germany, have. I think my time in Germany means so much to me because it was the time that I really came to know my Savior, and see His hand in the lives of so many people. He lives! And I praise His name forever. I tried to imitate my wonderful experience in Germany in this song. Ich liebe dich, Deutschland!

Ich habe zwei Jahre in Deutschland vollbracht im Dienst am Nächsten. Ich habe gespürt, dass es Recht war, ein Lied zu arrangieren, das meine Liebe und Lob für Deutschland und die Deutschen represantieren würde. Dies ist mein lieblings deutches Lied! Es ist schön und machvoll, auch einfach und rein. Ich denke an die majestätische Kirchen und Dome, die an Sonntag morgens ihre Glocken ringen lassen, um Gott zu loben und preisen. Es ist mir ein Zeichen die tiefe religiöse Traditionen in Deutschland. Ich denke, dass Deutschland mir so viel bedeutet, weil ich den Herrn dort kennen gelernt habe. Ich habe sah sein Hand so oft die Kinder Gottes helfen. Er lebt! Ich preise und lobe sein Name für immer. Ich habe versucht, meine wunderschöne Erfahrung in Deutschland in diesem Lied auszudrücken. Ich liebe dich, Deutschland!

(A week-by-week account of my Mission in Germany can be found here: