The Tabernacle Choir Blog

Music to a Missionary’s Ears

Have you ever wondered what type of music missionaries are allowed to listen to? Have you ever wanted to send a missionary music but weren’t sure if the music fit within the guidelines for missionaries of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Missionaries are counseled to listen to music that "invites the spirit" and "directs" their thoughts to missionary work and the Savior.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has produced a special collection to do just that. The Missionary Collection brings four albums together to provide the perfect music for missionaries. With 56 songs and hymns that include favorites such as “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief,” “I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus,” “Come, Come Ye Saints,” and “I Am a Child of God,” the collection is essential for any missionary.

David Archuleta, who is a member of the Church, recently returned from a two-year mission in Chile, where he used sacred music to share the gospel and invite the Spirit. Upon his return he participated in a live Facebook chat with fans around the world and continued to share his testimony through song by performing, "If the Savior Stood Beside Me," Called to Serve," "I Need Thee Every Hour," and "The Spirit of God." Three of the the four songs he performed are included on The Missionary Collection.