Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rise, Ye Saints, and Temples Enter

Rise, Ye Saints, and Temples Enter
Text:  Jean L. Kaberry (1918-1997; LDS)
Music:  Robert P. Manookin (1918-1997); LDS)
Tune name:  Marie (to honor the composer's daughter)

Rise ye Saints, and temples enter;
Seek the path that leads ahead.

Seal in ever lasting circles
All our loved ones, quick and dead.

Learn the plan of exaltation;
With His sacred laws comply

Live to earn in binding cov'nant
Blessings of our God most high.

Elohim thou great designer,
Wilt thou heaven's powr's bestow,

As thy faithful sons and daughters
Serve in temples here below.

"The New Zealand Temple was the 'temple home' of the author and composer of this hymn at the time it was written.  Robert Manookin said:  "While my wife and I were serving a mission in the New Zealand Temple, the temple president, William Roberts, organized a special sacrament meeting program among the temple missionaries to try to spur understanding and interest in temple work among the members of the Church.  He asked that I write music for the occasion.  I then approached Sister Jean L. Kaberry, a typist and secretary in the temple, to write a poem that could be set to music. 'Rise, Ye Saints, and Temples Enter' was the result.  The temple missionaries were then organized into a small choir that sang the hymn for the sacrament meeting program."
Our Latter-Day Hymns, The Stories and the Messages, by Karen Lynn Davidson

Let's heed the admonition to Rise, Ye Saints and Temples Enter where we seal our loved ones, learn the plan of exaltation, enter into sacred covenants and receive blessings.

All photos taken by Valerie Anderson August 26 & 28, 2011.

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