Come Follow Me


The Song of the Heart

Reinforces this week’s “Come Follow Me” study: Doctrine and Covenants 23-26
“Strengthen the Church”


Doctrine & Covenants 25:12

“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.”


Lift Up Your Voice and Sing, Children’s Songbook page 252 


Many times those who served with Joseph Smith wanted to know their duty in the Church. Joseph was given revelations to help them know what to do. They were often asked to preach, exhort, and strengthen the Church.

Emma Smith, Joseph’s wife, wanted to know her duty. She was given a special revelation letting her know that she was the daughter of God and He had a calling for her to fulfill. She was called to comfort her husband and to be a scribe when needed. Emma was also called to teach from the scriptures and to write.

The Lord gave Emma a special assignment to make a selection of sacred hymns for the church to sing. The Lord told Emma that He delights in the song of the heart. Singing and listening to sacred music is a wonderful way to invite the spirit into our lives and to show our love for God.

The Lord has callings for each of us. We can ask the Lord to help us know what our duties are and we can show our support for others who are called to serve.


“Sacred music has a unique capacity to communicate our feelings of love for the Lord. This kind of communication is a wonderful aid to our worship. Many have difficulty expressing worshipful feelings in words, but all can join in communicating such feelings through the inspired words of our hymns.” Dallin H. Oaks


  • What was Emma called to do?
  • Why is sacred music important?
  • How can we know the callings God would have us fulfill?
  • How can we show our support of others who are called to serve?

Activity idea:

Name That Tune

Have fun with familiar Primary songs from the Children's Songbook. We've provided a few notes for you to play. Guess the name of the songs with your family!

Treat idea:

Licorice Music Notes

Let family members mold candy into the shape of musical notes as you listen to hymns.

These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.

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