Why did the Mormon church sing songs?
The Mormon church has been singing popular songs for decades, but the church’s singing of the hymns that mark the anniversary of the death of founder Joseph Smith was a hit in the 1970s, according to a new study.
Researchers say it’s a sign that the church is not only embracing new ideas and new ways to celebrate its religion, but is also making new, culturally relevant music that reflects the cultural changes that are occurring across the United States.
The study, which looked at music written by church members from 1970 to 2015, found that songs that are culturally relevant and socially relevant are increasingly popular in the church, especially among its youth.
For example, a song called “You’re My Everything” from the 1990s is considered a pop classic in Mormon circles, according the study, written by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The church sings songs that reflect its times, and they are often a good way to tell stories, said Dr. Matthew T. Wright, a music historian at the university.
But they can also be a way to communicate with people outside the church and make a connection with people who are more connected, like other young Mormons who might not be comfortable sharing their experiences, Wright said.
“It can be quite a challenge for a younger person to tell someone about the life they had, and what they were doing and what the challenges were, and why they went to the church,” Wright said in a telephone interview.
The songs, which range from songs about family to songs about church and family, are a sign of the church embracing the times, he said.
The music is “very much an expression of what we’re doing as Mormons and our faith, Wright added.
The research was published online in the journal Religion and Culture.
The studies focus on songs written by Mormon people between the 1970 and 2015, and it found that church members tended to be younger than the general population, with many songs written before the late 1970s.
The researchers also noted that Mormon music has become more popular in recent decades.
But church members have been singing songs for as long as they have.
The hymnes that mark Mormon anniversary events are known as “revelations,” which are often songs written to honor Joseph Smith, the church founder and prophet, who died in 1844.
The hymned versions of these songs have been performed at church services for decades.
The findings may be encouraging to Mormon families who are struggling with the idea of losing a member.
But the music is also an important part of the Mormon story, said Wright, who has written songs about the church.”
When people have a sense of belonging, they find ways to share their stories, and that’s what they’ve been doing,” Wright added, and the hymn-like song-making has been part of that.