I recall the time before we went to the three hour block meeting setup.
Primary on Wednesday, Sunday school was Sunday morning, and sacrament meeting was Sunday evening.
I have this strong memory of being at sacrament meeting with my dad. I was pretty young. Still the age where it was almost acceptable to lie down and fall asleep on my father’s lap during that late evening sacrament meeting. I remember we sat on the front left side of the chapel, right where the emergency exit leading outside was. There were these massive windows, going all the way up to the ceiling. On this particular evening, it was dark and the curtains were slightly opened. I remember looking out at the black sky in contrast to the streetlights that were on. I remember just wanting to fall asleep. The monotone pitch of the high councillor’s talk wasn’t helping either.
I also remember the hymns. Not because they were remarkable in any unusual way, but because we seemed to sing them all the time. The opening hymn was “We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet”, followed by “In Humility, Our Savior” for the sacrament hymn. The rest hymn was “Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel” and we closed with “Let Us All Press On”. I think we sang those at least a couple of times a month.
Primary had it’s favorites. I recall “I am a Child of God”, “Give said the little stream”, “Reverently Quietly”, and “The Chapel Doors”.
The MTC also had their top ten favorites. It’s been a few years, but if my memory serves me correctly, I’d list the MTC top ten as:
- Called To Serve
- We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet
- The Spirit of God
- Joseph Smith’s First Prayer
- Because I Have Been Given Much
- Battle Hymn of the Republic
- I Know That My Redeemer Lives
- I Need Thee Every Hour
- Onward Christian Soldiers
- Come All Ye Sons of God
(These stand out because we seemed to sing them either in our class or in the “assemblies” we were always having)
Conversely, I don’t think I’ve ever sang #121 I’m a Pilgrim, I’m a Stranger.
In your neck of the woods, is your ward in a “Hymn Rut” ? Are there some old favorites that the ward music chairperson just can’t seem to let go of?