Please take a moment to watch this video. I'll embed it here:
And if for some reason the embedded video isn't good, I'll put a link to it here, so you can watch it directly on You-Tube. Turn up the volume really loud.
It's a video of a lady singing "O Divine Redeemer" at Brigham Young University in 2012. I don't know anything about the lady, and I really don't know very much about music, except that I love it. And I just really really love this version of this song, so I wanted to share it. It's beautiful.
No, Mormonism doesn't have a monopoly on spiritually uplifting music. No, this isn't the only great performance of "O Divine Redeemer" out there. But the Church does produce a lot of really great music. And the LDS Church does have a monopoly on pregnant ladies singing "O Divine Redeemer" at BYU.
Think of all the cultural infrastructure that had to be set in place in order for this performance to occur. This lady was most likely born and raised in a big Mormon family. The lady had to be taught how to sing. The pianist had to be taught to play the piano. BYU had to be built. Large numbers of people had to faithfully pay tithing.
This performance is the tip of an iceberg, a beautiful iceberg named Mormonism. You can't separate this performance from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This performance is a natural outgrowth of a faith tradition firmly believed and lived.
Enjoy "O Divine Redeemer." Soak it in. Don't be surprised if it makes you feel like going to church.
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