I “fix” hymns that I love which to me are beautiful but “broken”. I fix and enrich them with doctrine from the Restored Gospel to make them compatible with my religious beliefs. If it were possible for this song to join my church, I think this would be the new song it could sing (Psalm 98:1, Rev 5:9, Psalm 149:1). In That Old Churchyard is our most favorite song to sing when my daughter and I are traveling to some cemetery to volunteer for findagrave.com. It is a very joyous hobby for us.

Else what shall they do?

My daughter photographing headstones and indexing their data using her smartphone FindAGrave app.

“Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead? ” – 1 Corinthians 15:29

IN THAT LOVELY TEMPLE (an LDS arrangement of In That Old Churchyard)

by Katie Moore

[D] In the old church yard where the faithful gather
There’s a place they have left for [A7] me
[D] By the old oak tree where my folks lie buried
There’s a place they have [A7] left for [D] me

[D] I’m going there to meet my Savior
[G] I’ve got a mansion in the [D] sky
Family and friends will be there waiting
We’ll be together [A7] by and [D] by

[D] When they lay me there this old body will crumble
In the place by the old oak [A7] tree
[D] But when Jesus comes I’ll receive a new body
In it’s place; the Lord’s [A7] gift to [D] me.

[D] I’m going there to meet my Savior
[G] I’ve got a mansion in the [D] sky
Family and friends will be there waiting
We’ll be together [A7] by and [D] by

In that lovely temple where the Saints are gathered
And the souls of the dead set free
In that lovely temple I’ll help gather God’s harvest
There’s a peace there, and work for me.

I’m going there to serve my Savior
Help us all reach our home on high
Family and friends will be there waiting
We’ll be together, by and by.

On that morning when the Saints all gather
And the souls of the dead go free
Then will Jesus come and open up Heaven
There’s a place there for you and me

I’m going there to meet my Savior
I’ve got a mansion in the sky
Family and friends will be there waiting
We’ll be together by and by

In this world of sin where troubles are many
There’s a place that I long to see
It’s that lovely temple where the Saints are gathered
There’s a peace there and joy for me.


In That Lovely Temple

Latter-day Saint teenagers like my son and daughter (pictured), have the opportunity, should they choose, of entering the temple when they turn 12, and begin a lifetime of experiencing the joy and peace to be had in redeeming the dead.

We honor and respect sincere souls from all religions, no matter where or when they lived, who have loved God, even without having the fulness of the gospel. We lift our voices in gratitude for their selflessness and courage. We embrace them as brothers and sisters, children of our Heavenly Father.

We believe that it is a fundamental human right to worship “Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.” 

As the restored Church of Jesus Christ blossoms throughout the globe—now with more than 13 million members—“the faith of our fathers” has an expanded meaning. For some, it could refer to their family’s heritage in one of the hundreds of Christian faiths; for others, it could refer to Middle-Eastern, Asian, or African faiths and traditions.

I have spent most of my life in areas of the world where members of our Church are a small minority. During that time I have learned that often when people learn of the restored gospel, they are impressed by it—many even want to join the Church. But they are reluctant to disappoint their ancestors; they feel they should be true to the faith of their fathers…

What, then, is the faith of our fathers? Is it the religion of our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents?

But what of the faith of the ancient ones before them? What of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Are they not our fathers? Are we not of the house of Israel? What of Noah and Enoch and our first parents, Adam and Eve?

What of the Savior and those disciples who followed Him?

The faith of our Father in Heaven has been consistent since the beginning of time, even from before the foundation of this world. John the Revelator described a great war in heaven.  The issue was moral agency, as it is today. All who have ever lived on this earth were among those who fought against Satan and stood with the Son and the Father. Therefore, do we not owe our allegiance to God, our Heavenly Father?

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ, “we believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.  And “we believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.” We believe in the great plan of happiness, the plan of redemption, the plan of salvation, whereby God’s children may experience mortality and return to the presence of the Father—a merciful plan established from before the foundation of this earth.

This is the plan and the faith of our Father!

I testify that the doctrine of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is the faith of our Heavenly Father. It is His truth, revealed to His servants the prophets from the days of Father Adam until our own time. The Father and the Son appeared to Joseph Smith to restore the faith of our Father on this earth, never to be taken away again. God desires that all of His children receive it, irrespective of their background, culture, or tradition. True religion should not originate from what pleases men or the traditions of ancestors, but rather from what pleases God, our Eternal Father…

Our Heavenly Father loves His children. He hears the prayers of the humble and sincere of every nation, tongue, and people. He grants light to those who seek and honor Him and are willing to obey His commandments. We joyously proclaim that the faith of our Father is on the earth today.

We invite everyone on this beautiful planet to taste of His doctrine and see if it is not sweet and good and precious. We ask those of sincere heart to learn of this doctrine and ask their Father in Heaven if it is not true. And by doing so, all can discover, embrace, and walk in the true faith of their Father, which faith will make them whole. ” 

– President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, April 2008.