By Rod Johnson

Rodric believes Moroni included special instruction for Modern times and wants to share his unique perspective the same way Moroni shared in The Book of Mormon.

Songs of the Righteous

A Prayer Unto Me (Jesus)
Emma Smith

During the early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Lord Jesus Christ himself revealed to the prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. that music is to be a part of Latter-day Saint culture, praise and worship.
In Doctrine and Covenants Section 25, the Lord reveals to Emma Smith, Joseph's wife, that it is her duty to put together a book of songs for the Saints of Zion to sing praises unto Him. Jesus instructs
A revelation I give unto you concerning my will... it shall be given thee... to make a selection of sacred hymns, as it shall be given thee, which is (verse 2)
pleasing unto me, to be had in my church. For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.

Is God Jealous of Maria Carey?
Mariah Carey
God is not jealous of pop singers and celebrities. What. He is jealous of is his people whoring after other gods.
Now, you say, what are you talking about Rod. I listen to Praise Sirrius FM! Well, then I am not talking to you!
If 50 Cent is all we listen to--not the piece, but the rapper--we worship that.
The thing that we enjoy doing the most is that which we do all the time. We live in a world that increasingly tells us to focus on our own desires and wants above others.
Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975)
Government gives rights instead of them being natural rights given from deity. A crude sexual act that rhymes with luck is the new freedom of speech now instead of free expression of political choice.
Many preach that God does not care what religion we make up and force God into a box because all is free and love and blah!
gansta rapper can attribute all his success to the glories of God, you know, that old spiritual Bleep the po-lice!! playing in the background while we are praying to our glorious God through the spirits in a bottle!
I remember when all of the good songs were about God. Songs still are about a god though. Sex is the god of this world now. The most sacred sacrament of mankind is now the most broadcasted act on the planet in music.
Listening to the radio is risky now because by the time it is turned off I have just listened to and viewed graphic pornography! My senses are stimulated and my mind is full of images that would make a good person cringe!
I get to bring sexy back and blame it on the alcohol! I cannot even screw in a bulb to a socket now without there being another meaning to screw!
We live in a world that glorifies another three letter word besides God and a world that teaches us to worship ourselves--our appetites and desires. If it is not sex, it is drugs, food and even exercise that we worship--not individually but collectively.

Being in shape now means being sexy! I have to show off some skin to show I am healthy. Why should I hide my eight pack and my lean muscles or my tiny waist and my firm bosom.
This is what I hear kids going about singing. This is what the young parents find cute when the three-year-old starts to employ the God-given need to sing! We justify it by saying no harm is being done, but harm is being done!
It is all music too. I have heard songs about being in love with God. Excuse me? Just because God is in a song does not mean it is a gospel song!
How inappropriate that gospel singers are becoming more secular. You cannot even tell the difference between gospel music and secular music anymore!
It is not just the words that give off the bad vibes, it is the beat, tempo and instruments. I am sorry, you cannot get your praise on to erotic music just because the singers say the name of the Savior!
I hear there is porn music! I am not sure about this one, but there is certain music that is specifically made just for porn! I wouldn't know it if I heard it because I avoid porn, but to know that I might listen to it by mistake sickens me.
How foolish I would feel rolling down the avenue with my kids in the care listening to porn music and being unaware!
No, God is not jealous of Mariah Carey, but the new god of music is named SEX.
Music is the way that humanity uses to express itself. There are many forms of this expression, but God calls it a prayer when the righteous make songs. If someone were to take your iPod right now and listen to the songs listed there, would you be convicted of being a Christian, a righteous person based on the songs that played?
I love boyzIIMen, but I'll Make Love to You is not the type of worship song that I want my kids to hear me listening to on the iPod. Such songs are for my spouse in private situations. I kissed a Girl, and I like it is also a song that I would not want people seeing on my iPod--again for my wife, and I more than liked kissing her!
Music has the ability to bring emotions out of us that incites hatred, passion, love, devotion, peace and any other emotion.
We are musical beings by nature. Even if we do not like popular music, the rhythmic sounds of nature or just the heartbeat brings satisfaction to some. Rhythm makes us live, the very lifeblood of our body has a beat!
The man or woman that cannot hold a tune or step in time to a song still has an awkward song or dance in the mind--the very elements of the body that testify of our melodious heritage.

          Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)

orn: October 12, 1935, Modena, Italy Died: September 6, 2007, Modena, Italy
born: October 12, 1935, Modena, Italy Died: September 6, 2007, Modena, Italy

              Plácido Domingo (Tenor)

Born: January 21, 1941 (age 72), Retiro
Born: January 21, 1941 (age 72), Retiro

                   José Carreras (Tenor)

Born: December 5, 1946 (age 66), Barcelona, Spain
Born: December 5, 1946 (age 66), Barcelona, Spain

               Ne-Yo (Pop Star)
We do not have to sound like one of the Three Tenors, or croon as well as Ne-Yo to sing songs.
Granted, others might enjoy the songs of our hearts if we do sound like those talented people, but the point is we all have songs in our hearts
By what songs we listen to the most helps us to know whom and what we worship.

Make a Joyful Noise!

I am sure that when the translators of the Bible reached Psalms they did not intend for the songs to actually be unorganized noise.
Some of us sound like that even if we are trying not to sound that way. For personal singing, it is okay to sound horrible. I mean it.
We should be able to sound as horrific as we can when singing to God personally because he likes our righteous desires and he is listening to the desire more than the music.
Oh, my Mahalia though! Do not presume to sing a song about God as an expression of talent and expect me to like it!
If you sing a gospel song at a talent show, and you sound like hell instead of heaven, I will not be damned in the literal sense of the word! I will tell you.
Don't ask me if you sounded good because I will not go to hell for lying!
If we are at church, and you are singing a song of praise, I still want it to sound good, but I can handle it being a song for instruction--an expression of faith! I cannot disrespect the noise in that case. As a former choir director for my congregation, it is not about putting on a show in sacrament meeting but participating in worship music to help bring the spirit. I believe the sound must be good, but I also believe as long as you want to sing, come.
If you sound bad while singing, I will have you sing the melody. If that doesn't work I just tell the other singers to sing loudly and you to sing softly. I think everyone should sing.
If it is the Mormon Tabernacle Choir though, don't bother trying. We have Ward and Stake choirs to help edify the saints. When it comes to church choirs like the Mississippi Mass Choir or the ilk, you must come correctly!
No bad singers representing the church to the world! Sorry. I do not want to hear a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by a choir that sounds bad!
I digress. The fact that we are able to make a joyful noise is fine. Personally I don't want to hear the bad sounds, but God allows all of us to sing from the heart whether we sound like heaven or not.
I just let my sinful nature ring true in the words above. I do not like bad singing, but I love smiling faces of kids that sound loud and bad but look happy. I love to see adults open up and belt out a song that crushes my ears in relentless horror, but warms my heart in joy.
I said I like to see it--see being the operative word. God likes to hear it though.
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Listen to Wholesome Music

Songs about family, pure love, happiness and God bring peaceful and loving feelings to our heart. I have never heard of a bank hyst group listening to hymns to help prepare for the psychological impact of committing a crime. Hard rock or acid can help set the mood for that.
Every song does not have to be a hymn, but music is not a light thing. It is a powerful influence for good and bad. Think about the music you enjoy and adjust it to help you draw closer to God.
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