Special Edition: Bound for Glory - #4267 & #4476 "The Indomitable Spirit of a Nation"

This special edition of Music & the Spoken Word takes viewers on a tour of the United States as the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs at venues across the nation.


“Saints Bound for Heaven”1
American folk hymn
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Homeward Bound”2, 3, 5 
Composer: Marta Keen Thompson
Lyrics: Marta Keen Thompson
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Rock-a-My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham”1
American folk hymn
Arrangement: Howard Roberts

“Bound for the Promised Land”1, 2, 4, 6
American folk hymn
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Down to the River to Pray”1
American folk hymn
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Amazing Grace”1
American folk hymn
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

  1. On the album Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing and in the CD set Bravo! The #1 Albums.
  2. On the album Homeward Bound(with Bryn Terfel). 
  3. On the album Love Is Spoken Here and in the CD set Anniversary Collection 
  4. On the albums Spirit of America and in the CD set Encore Collection.
  5. In the CD set 100 Years: Celebrating a Century of Recording Excellence 
  6. On the album America’s Choir: Favorite Songs, Hymns, & Anthems.

Spoken Word

“The Indomitable Spirit of a Nation”

In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson bought the Louisiana Territory from France. With it came a small French fur-trading post, St. Louis. The next year, the Lewis and Clark expedition set out from that Mississippi River settlement for the Pacific Ocean, and a tradition was born. St. Louis became the gateway to the West, not just for intrepid explorers, trappers, and miners but for scores of wagon trains and steamships carrying hopeful settlers to a new beginning.

These were pioneers in every sense of the word, establishing vibrant communities despite isolation, starvation, disease, disappointment, and the harshness of the very land they hoped to settle. Year after year they set out from St. Louis in courageous pursuit of new frontiers. But as the decades passed and the railroad took over transport, St. Louis became just another stop on the way to somewhere that already had a name and a populace.

In an effort to revive St. Louis’s legacy, civic leaders invited architects to submit designs for a Jefferson National Expansion Memorial to be built in the city. It is fitting that a Finnish immigrant, Eero Saarinen, was selected to design this monument to the people who left the comforts of home in search of the American dream.

He proposed a ribbon of gleaming stainless steel, arching 630 feet high and 630 feet wide. Like the westward movement it memorializes, the arch tested the ingenuity of the builders. It can withstand winds up to 150 miles an hour, is flexible enough to sway 18 inches in the wind, and commands a view from the top for 30 miles.1

Today the Gateway Arch is one of the most famous landmarks in the world, a reminder to strive for new frontiers with that same indomitable spirit of those who by sheer grit and resolve helped build a nation “from sea to shining sea.”2

  1. See “Gateway Arch Facts,”
  2. “America the Beautiful,” Hymns, no. 338.
Episode 4267 & 4476. Aired June 26, 2011 & June 28, 2015.