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A Beautiful Hymn in the Public Domain
What was witnessed in the heavens?
Why, an angel earthward bound.
Had he something with him bringing?
Yes, the gospel, joyful sound!
It was to be preached in power
On the earth, the angel said,
To all men, all tongues and nations
That upon its face are spread.
Had we not before the gospel?
Yes, it came of old to men.
Then what is this latter gospel?
’Tis the first one come again.
This was preached by Paul and Peter
And by Jesus Christ, the Head.
This we latter Saints are preaching;
We their footsteps wish to tread.
Where so long has been the gospel?
Did it pass from earth away?
Yes, ’twas taken back to heaven
Till should dawn a brighter day.
What became of those departed,
Knowing not the gospel plan?
In the spirit world they’ll hear it;
God is just to ev’ry man.
Text: John S. Davis, 1813–1882
Music: Evan Stephens, 1854–1930
It is a Song which is Sung in Two Parts. Men asking the questions. Women answering.
John S. Davis (1813–1882) wrote the words to this sacred hymn. Evan Stephens (1854–1930) wrote the music for the hymn.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sing this song several times a year in their meetinghouses around the globe.
I am thrilled to see it is in the Public Domain and I can therefore share it here.
An Enlightening Song with Accompanying Illustrations.
I want to share these words with you.
I know that The Holy Bible, the stick of Judah, goes hand in hand in purpose and detail with The Book of Mormon, the stick of Ephraim. Below, for your interest, is a passage from Ezekial, chapter 37, regarding the foretelling of The Book of Mormon.
You can read more about The Book of Mormon at the link below this part. The link below is titled 'A Restoration'. Press through to the link (churchofjesuschrist.org -- and note that there is not the word 'the' preceding the website address) -- and then press the tab at the top titled 'Libraries' and then press the option of 'Scriptures'. You will learn on the Introductory page that The Book of Mormon is a sacred record of two ancient civilizations on this continent. The record was written by ancient prophets during various years from 600 BC to 400 AD. The prophet-historian, Mormon, abridged the records before sealing them up in The Hill Cumorah which is in present-day New York state.
Mormon's son, Moroni, is one of the angels spoken of in this hymn. Moroni appeared to the young Joseph Smith on four occasions, bearing the same detailed message each time. You can read about this in The Testimony of Joseph Smith which is at the beginning of The Book of Mormon prior to The Table of Contents and 531 pages of text.
The original text on gold plates was written in a blend of Egyptian and Hebrew language. There was one man who had studied this blended language, lived nearby and was asked if he would help translate the record, but when he found out that it was a record in the possession of the young man named Joseph Smith who claimed to have had a Vision of The Father and The Son, the man became wroth and refused to read it. This incident is foretold in The Holy Bible.
I know that the Book of Mormon is a gift and necessity to mankind from a loving Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ. If you decide to read the Book of Mormon, seek out the promise made near the end of the book by the prophet Moroni in The Book of Moroni, Chapter 10, verses 3, 4 and 5, so that if you have been reading with a sincere heart with an intent to find out truth, you will be given to know. But if you were, in fact, reading with skepticism, or worse feelings, then begin again, pray humbly, ponder each chapter carefully and when you get as far as Moroni 10:3-5, follow Moroni's instructions in those three verses.
Joseph Smith was given the gift of translation of this record through direct revelation.
The first English edition of The Book of Mormon was published in 1830.
I am happy to share this with you and do so in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
For your interest now, below are the verses from the Old Testament that I promised above to include.
15 ¶ The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,
16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one astick, and bwrite upon it, For cJudah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and dwrite upon it, For eJoseph, the fstick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become aone in thine hand.
18 ¶ And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us awhat thou meanest by these?
19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of aJoseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
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