Mormon’s Book Part 1

By | December 25, 2015

Please enjoy this experience curated as a gift to you.

Also read:
Mormon’s Book Part 2
Mormon’s Book Part 3

From Cumorah’s Hill: The Book of Mormon Speaks to Our Day

What follows is a list of songs by Steven Kapp Perry about the coming forth of the The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I love this music for the way it stirs my soul. I love how it takes the message and makes it personal.

I know that the The Book of Mormon comes from God. It is Holy Scripture. It is a companion volume of scripture to the Holy Bible.

The Book of Mormon contains a powerful witness of Jesus Christ. What’s more, it contains a powerful, special witness and warning for you and me living in this specific day and time. Learn more about the book here.

The music:

If you would like to follow along, the lyrics are below.

*The italicized scriptures are for context and contemplation and are not actually a part of the lyrics. The lyrics are not italicized.


Overture


From Cumorah’s Hill / From the Dust

Long were the shadows, deep was the chill of starless night.
Great the confusion now ages long upon the land.

Hushed were the voices, silent the witness of the past.
Timeless the record hidden between the earth and stone.

Tender the prophet brought to the hillside, drawn by a vision bright.
Breathless the moment when the stone was opened, lifting the truth to the light.

From Cumorah’s Hill there comes a witness and a warning.
Out of darkness shines at last the welcome light of morning!

Now are the stick of Joseph and Judah one in hand.
How plain and precious now is the Gospel of the Lamb.

Read from its pages, drink from the fountain, feast on the words of Christ.
Saved through the ages for this dispensation, piercing the clouds of the night.

From Cumorah’s Hill there comes a witness and a warning.
Out of darkness shines at last the welcome light of morning!

Ancient voices crying from the dust. God remembers yet His covenant.
In the latter-day He speaks to us from Cumorah’s Hill.

From Cumorah’s Hill there comes a witness and a warning.
Out of darkness shines at last the welcome light of morning!

“And now … all ye ends of the earth, I speak unto you as the voice of one crying from the dust” (2 Nephi 33:13). “Behold, I am Moroni; and were it possible, I would make all things known unto you … Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing … And God shall show unto you, that that which I have written is true.”
(Mormon 8:12, 35; Moroni 10:29)


What Can They Have to Say? (feat. Roger Hoffman)

I am a child of the modern age.
I am a son of the present hour.
What can these words from so long ago mean to me now?
What can they have to say to me? We live so differently today.
What can they have to offer me? They lived so far from me, so many years away.
What can they have to say?

We are the prophets, years gone by.
We spent our days, we gave our lives for a record which was written not for us but for you, and every word is true.
Each word chosen prayerfully laid down carefully in its place.
For here from so far away we have seen your day and we pray.
Hear what we have to say!


Great Things & Small Things

“And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying: Thou shalt construct a ship … and when my brethren saw that I was about to build a ship, they began to murmur against me, saying: Our brother is a fool, for he thinketh that he can build a ship; yea, and he also thinketh that he can cross these great waters. And thus my brethren did complain against me … for they did not believe that I could build a ship; neither would they believe that I was instructed of the Lord … They did rejoice over me, saying: … we knew that ye were lacking in judgment …. And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto them that they should murmur no more … If God had commanded me to do all things I could do them. And if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of God He doth nourish them, and strengthen them, and provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he has commanded them.” (1 Nephi 17:3, 8, 17-19, 49-50)

To move a mountain, to make the sea become dry land.
To cross an ocean, to build a ship upon the sand.

Such things I could do if the Lord should command, but the Lord has commanded me.

To love a neighbor, and to forgive when I am wronged.
To keep a promise, to have my word become my bond.

How simple and small are the things He has asked, are the things He has asked of me.

Great things and small things, I can do all things, all that the Lord may require.
Though the world may assail me, God will not fail me. He will remain by my side.
Whether He asks for the great or the small, I can do them all!

He gave us weakness, and yet He calls us to obey.
And so He teaches that we must call on Him for strength.

And such is the love that the Father extends; what we pray for in faith He sends.

Great things and small things, I can do all things, all that the Lord may require.
Though the world may asail me, God will not fail me. He will remain by my side.
Whether He asks for the great or the small, I can do them all!

And through the small things will come the greatest things of all.


The Power of God (feat. Johanne Frechette Perry)

“And then Alma said unto [Korihor]: Believest thou that there is a God? And he answered, Nay. [And Alma said] and now what evidence have ye that there is no God, or that Christ cometh not? I say unto you that ye have none, save it be your word only. … I say unto you, I know there is a God, and also that Christ shall come … yea, and all things denote there is a God.” (Alma 30:37-40, 44)

Listen to the wind blow, lonely as a sigh. Nothing over head but empty sky. Look up at star light on a dark night; are we all alone, an island in space? Or, is there a plan where I have a place?

Could it be that heaven is man’s imagining, reaching out for hope in childish dreams? Stories so old then, we’ve outgrown them? Has God gone away or hidden his face? Have miracles ceased to be?

But the power of God is plain to see, there are wonders on every hand to those who will see through eyes of faith beyond the mind of man. For how could we hope to see His face who never could see His hand?

Some may see a rainbow as nothing more than light. Others see a promise and a sign. Every day wonders without number are here all around and wait to be found by those who have eyes to see.

For the power of God is plain to see, there are wonders on every hand to those who will see through eyes of faith beyond the mind of man. For how could we hope to see His face who never could see His hand?

Listen to the wind blow, then listen once again.


Interlude: A Mighty Change

“And it came to pass that as I was thus racked with torment … I remembered … to have heard my father prophecy … concerning the coming of one Jesus Christ … to atone for the sins of the world. Now, as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me … And now, when I thought this, I could remember my pains no more.” (Alma 36:17-19)

“Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women, all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again … changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness.” (Mosiah 27:25)

“After … repenting night unto death, the Lord in mercy hath seen fit to snatch me out … and I am born of God.” (Mosiah 27:28)


Born of God (feat. Nancy Baumgartner)

How could I change? How I had tried. How I had failed time after time. Needing a strength more than my own. Leaving my faith in God alone. How I had prayed seeking for peace. How could I change? How could I be born of God, born of God? A new creation as at first. Born of God, praising God. For the wonder of a second birth.

Seeing the past, how wrong I was. Saying at last, “Thy will be done.” There was no voice, no shaking earth, no wondrous light at my rebirth. Only a sigh marking the change, only forgiveness calling my name. Born of God, born of God. A new creation as at first. Born of God, praising God. For the wonder of a second birth.

O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me! And remember my sins no more and may my spirit be born of God, born of God. A new creation as at first. Born of God, praising God. For the One who came to give us second birth.


Interlude: On the Morrow

“Now it came to pass that there was a day set apart by the unbelievers, that all those who believed in those traditions should be put to death except the sign should come to pass, which had been given by Samuel the prophet: Now … when Nephi, the son of Nephi, saw this wickedness of his people, his heart was exceedingly sorrowful … He went out and bowed himself down upon the earth, and … cried mightily unto the Lord all that day; and behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying:

Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfill all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets.” (3 Nephi 1:9-13)


Who Will Wait?

Who will wait for the Savior? Who will watch for His coming.
Who will wait for the thunder? Who will watch for the lightning?

Who shall fear at His coming? Who shall run when the trumpet sounds?
Who will wish for the mountains to fall and cover their sin?

Who will rise to meet Him? Who delights to greet Him?
Who will join with the stars of the morning dancing for joy!!

Who will shout in anguish? Who will cry in agony?
Who will shake with dread in the presence of the Lord?

Who will shout Halleluia! on their knees before Him?
Who will come to behold and adore Him when at last He comes!

For the sign has been given and the time is at hand when all men shall see God.
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Christ is come as Lord and King!
For the sign has been given and the time is at hand when all men shall see God.
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Christ is come as Lord and King!

Who will wait for the Savior? Who will watch for His coming?


I Never Stand Alone

“And whether they will slay me, I know not … and whither I go it mattereth not … for I am alone. My father hath been slain … and all my kinsfolk, and I have not friends nor whither to go …” (Mormon 8:3-5)

Alone I stand while all the world around me surrounds me and takes me for a fool. But I am not the first to be regarded as weak and simple hearted for choosing to believe that He keeps watch over His own.

I never stand alone when I stand with God and I stand with His prophets. Wherever I may go, when I stand with God I never stand alone.

And so it is, my heart has been befriended, defended, by those who’ve gone before. Who call to me, like distant rolling thunder, “You cannot be out numbered! You’re standing with the Lord and He keeps watch over His own.”

I never stand alone when I stand with God and I stand with His prophets. Wherever I may go, when I stand with God I never stand alone.

I stand with Nephi and Moroni–with Abinadi who testified in flames! With saints thru the ages, stalwart and faithful, leading me, telling me I never stand alone. I never stand alone when I stand with God and I stand with His prophets. Wherever I may go, when I stand with God I never stand alone.


Cumorah – reprise (feat. Roger Hoffman)

I am a child of the present hour and yet the past is calling out to me now. From Cumorah’s hill there comes a witness and a warning. Out of darkness shines at last the welcome light of morning!


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Also read Mormon’s Book part 2

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