When I first met my husband’s family, I was impressed with how well they knew the hymns and how often they sang them. They sang hymns during scripture study and Family Home Evening, but they also sang hymns for fun in the car and around the house. Growing up, I didn’t pay much attention to hymns, outside of church, but since getting married, I’ve been singing them more and learning them better.
Not only are our hymns beautiful to listen to, but they are also inspiring! As I’ve learned more hymns, I find myself singing them when I’m feeling frustrated or stressed and singing to my kids to calm them down or distract them. Even though I’m not a great singer, the words and melodies of the hymns have brought me joy and peace as I’ve learned more of them.
Here are some ways you can learn the hymns better and incorporate them into your life:
- Listen to music from General Conference. You can go here to listen to playlists from conference. I love to turn them on when I’m doing dishes in the morning. It’s a great way to start the day.
- Learn hymns on an instrument. Do you play the piano? Great! Learn a hymn. How about the guitar? Try learning tabs here. Do you play something else? Learn the melody of your favorite hymn. Try playing hymns with friends or on a quiet Sunday afternoon with your family. Whenever I do this, I come to appreciate the beautiful melodies and tunes of the hymns.
- Use the hymns for scripture study. Read the words to a hymn (maybe one you haven’t sung before) and then read the scriptures at the bottom. You could also read about the history of the writing of the hymns in this book.
- Memorize a hymn. This is especially fun to do while walking or hiking. One of my favorite memories is from when my sister and I memorized “Choose the Right” while backpacking.
- Listen to hymns arrangements by popular artists. Check out this youtube playlist, I made for you with some ideas. (I’d love to add more to this short list, so comment below if there is a song that you love and I’ll try to add it!)
What is your favorite hymn? Why?