"Music can set an atmosphere of worship which invites [the] spirit of revelation, of testimony."
Three months after the Church was organized, the Lord, through the Prophet Joseph Smith, instructed Joseph's wife, Emma, to make a selection of sacred hymns for the Church: "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).
Music in Our Church Meetings
Inspirational music is an essential part of our church meetings. The 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 the singing of hymns. Hymns move us to repentance and good works, build testimony and faith, comfort the weary, console the mourning, and inspire us to endure to the end.
Elder Graham W. Doxey counseled:
If good music is so essential for enriching our Sunday worship, then it is equally essential for welcoming the spirit to our homes and our hearts all during the week. In D&C section 136 the Lord commanded his people to “praise the Lord with singing, [and] with music.” The hymns are a key component to our church meetings, and they should be sung in our homes with our families regardless of our musical abilities (or lack thereof). Make good music a part of your daily lives and you'll have a bit of heaven in your heart every day. There's a lot of good music out there. Choose the best, and teach your children how to choose the best and you'll enjoy a greater measure of the spirit in your life. Who doesn't want that?