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Sacred Music: “Be strong! Stand up! Lead out!”

General Women's MeetingIn a few weeks, Mormon women will attend General Women’s Meeting.  This will be the first General Women’s Meeting in many years, but not the first ever.  The return to the old  format has brought back memories for me. When I was 12 years old, I sang in the choir at General Women’s Meeting, alongside my mother and my Primary-aged sister.  We sang three musical numbers, one for each auxiliary represented. The songs were designed to complement the talk given by that auxiliary leader.

Young Women Program: Come Hold Your Torches High I like the way this song encourages young women to be bold and powerful: “Be strong! Stand up! Lead out!”  And musically, I like how the director took advantage of her multi-generational choir and had adult voices echo youth. http://youtu.be/27a25-PyJq0   Relief Society: Eternal Life This is  a prayer of humility and selflessness: “Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love.”  Yet, it is also a message of power–the power to change hatred to love or despair to hope. http://youtu.be/cnRLw1l3fbA   Primary: I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me Remember when each Primary class had a name and a theme song? http://youtu.be/b5rnWYeTpDQ

April Young Bennett

April Young Bennett is the author of the Ask a Suffragist book series and host of the Religious Feminism Podcast. Learn more about April at aprilyoungb.com.

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  1. Joanne says:

    I have always loved that torch song. And Ardeth Kapp rules.

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