All posts by Celeste Bowers:

  • Hymn #229: Today, While the Sun Shines

    Today is an important day. It’s the only day I have any control over. I can use it to mourn the mistakes and trials of yesterday, to “eat, drink, and be merry” in the present, or to prepare for tomorrow. What I do today might not make much difference to anyone. I might even forget […]

  • #92 For the Beauty of the Earth

    In the Primary class that I teach, we always start out by allowing a few minutes for the children to answer a question about themselves. It usually leads into the lesson, but sometimes just provides an outlet so that they won’t feel as strong a need to interrupt the lesson to talk about their escapades […]

  • Hymn #181: Jesus of Nazareth, Savior and King

    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13 When this scripture is connected with today’s hymn, they teach three things: 1. Jesus Christ, the Savior and King of all creation, considers us to be his friends. I think we’ve all learned pretty well […]

  • Hymn #98: I Need Thee Every Hour

    In 2 Nephi, Chapter 4, Nephi sorrows because he is man, he is weak, and he is a sinner. Even this prophet of the Lord acknowledges the difficulties of living in a world where he is surrounded by temptations and admits that he himself commits iniquities. He realizes that, without God, he is nothing. If […]

  • Hymn #231: Father, Cheer Our Souls

    Early on in the Church’s history, members endured trials that are difficult to imagine today. The persecution they faced made even everyday life seem dangerous, and those who crossed the plains were put through physical challenges that took several lives. In spite of all this, their faith was strong. They were humble and knew where […]

  • Hymn #323: Rise Up, O Men of God

    During this past conference, Elder Lynn G. Robbins told of an encounter he had with President Boyd K. Packer in which he was instructed to remember which way he faces, meaning that he represents the prophet to the people, not the other way around. It is important for all of us to remember that when […]

  • Come, Let Us Sing an Evening Hymn

    Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28 The rest spoken of here is not something we have to wait for until we arrive in heaven. Those who work diligently to serve the Lord may have rest in this life as well. At […]

  • Hymn #110: Cast Thy Burden upon the Lord

    Often, when we are called on or asked to do something by priesthood leaders, or when we receive personal inspiration, the task seems extremely difficult. When I was called as a Relief Society president for a YSA branch, I was sure that I didn’t have the proper disposition or interpersonal skills to do any good […]

  • Hymn #266 The Time is Far Spent

    The time is far spent; there is little remaining To publish glad tidings by sea and by land. As this hymn begins by pointing out that it is our responsibility to spread the Gospel throughout the Earth within a very short window of time, it kind of sounds like a large weight being put on […]

  • Hymn #303 Keep the Commandments

    This hymn is short, sweet, and simple. So much so that I think we sometimes take for granted, or even overlook, its profound meaning. The words of the hymn basically amount to an “if/then” statement. IF we keep the commandments, THEN He (Heavenly Father) will send blessings. Just as with any other “if/then” statement, we […]

  • Hymn #63: Great King of Heaven

    This hymn became intensely vivid for me when I read one of the scriptures in its footnotes: D&C 128:23–Let the mountains shout for joy, and all ye valleys cry aloud; and all ye seas and dry lands tell the wonders of your Eternal King! And ye rivers, and brooks, and rills, flow down with gladness. Let the […]