Mother’s Legacy of Hymns


My Beautiful Mother Ruth F. Jensen 1910-1980

My Beautiful Mother
Ruth F. Jensen 1910-1980

As part of our worship services, we sing hymns as a congregation, accompanied by organ or piano. From the preface of our hymn book the First Presidency said this: “Hymns invite the Spirit of the Lord, create a feeling of reverence, unify us as members, and provide a way for us to offer praises to the Lord.  Some of the greatest sermons are preached by singing of hymns.”  A favorite scripture verse supports this teaching. “For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads” (D&C 25:12).  My mother’s favorite hymn was entitled, “More Holiness Give Me.”  The third verse contains a powerful message:  “More purity give me; more strength to o’er-come; more freedom from earth-stains, more longing for home; more fit for the kingdom, more used would I be; more blessed and holy, more Savior like thee.”  On reflection, I can see that my mother lived, as well as loved, these words, which formed her character. I, too, want to infuse this message into my actions.

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