Tonight Mr. Mo and I attended the adult session of our Stake Conference [a “Stake” is a collection of congregations – called “Wards” – in an assigned area]. The theme of our meeting was ‘Becoming more like the Savior‘. There were so many beautiful and inspiring messages! In conclusion a choir sang one of my favorite songs; This Is the Christ. The lyrics of this song are a poem written by the late apostle President James E. Faust (1910-2008), which he shared shortly prior to his death. The music was composed by Michael F. Moody and arranged for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (performing below) by Darwin Wolford.
I will include the full lyrics below. Tonight I was particularly moved by the phrase “Healer of our soul“, what a beautiful and hope-filled promise! Also, the stirring query “How many drops of blood were shed for me?” This poem reminds us that he “ransomed us with love divine.” He loves us more than we can ever know.
Tonight the leader of our Stake said something so profound, I hurried and wrote it down:
“There is no ending that need not be a happy ending, because of Him.” – President Christopher Jackson
The testimony of those who saw Christ after his resurrection is given (see 3 Nephi 11:3–17 & Luke 22:42, 44). They were able to feel the wounds in his hands and side and could testify because they were there. We are each invited to read the words that he prayed in Gethsemane and feel of His love personally. Then, as Saints of old, we too can testify that He is the Christ. Because of Him, our souls can be healed, and we can all have a happy ending. – MoSop
This Is The Christ – Lyrics
Words: Download Here., b. 1920, and , b. 1954 Music: , b. 1941 © 1995 James E. Faust, Jan Pinborough, and Michael Finlinson Moody. This song may be copied for incidental, noncommercial church or home use.
In 2011 The Mormon Tabernacle Choir released an album titled ‘This Is The Christ‘, featuring this song, and many other beloved hymns focused on the life and mission of Jesus Christ.
Beautiful post, as always, Holly! Thanks for sharing your inspiring thoughts, quotation, and the precious hymn written by Pres. Faust. . .
Joyful New Year to you and “yours!”
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Thank you Aleen, a Joyful New Year to you, too! It’s going to be a great one!
I think this is one of my favorite songs sung by the Choir. I have that album and have almost worn that song out. The words are so inspiring and comforting and the music is so beautiful. It’s almost a mournful sound in parts where it sort of drifts into the minor chords. I love that. I’m glad to see the words written. Sometimes I can’t always understand all the words. Thank you, Holly.
Love you, Lynne
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Your comment warms my heart, Lynne. You’ve got a good ear for music to recognize the major-minor modulations. ❤ Glad you can read and study the words now.
To me, there’s just a more emotional connection with music in a minor key. It’s so melancholy and hauntingly beautiful. Brings me to tears, but in a good way.
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He has healed my soul