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|Title||KnoWhy #251 - Why Was Singing Hymns a Part of Nephite Worship Services? (Moroni 6:9)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Angels; Church Administration; Doctrine and Covenants 25:11-12; Hymn; Moroni (Son of Mormon); Music; Psalms; Worship|
In Moroni 6, as part of Moroni’s instructions regarding how church “meetings were conducted” (Moroni 6:9), Moroni mentioned singing. Evidently, the Nephite church, as Moroni knew it, made singing a part of their worship services, as guided by the Holy Ghost. Although the text does not indicate when this practice was officially instituted, there is a long history of the use of music and hymns in Judeo-Christian worship, from the time of the ancient Israelite Temple of Jerusalem and beyond. This practice continued through the development of Judaism and was adopted by the earliest Christians as well. The singing of sacred hymns in Moroni’s day is by no means an unexpected occurrence.
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