42 Songs Prophets Have Quoted in Conference (from Broadway to Country Music)

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"Shalom Aleichem" a Jewish song

Quoted By: Eldred G. Smith, "Peace," April 1972

"Our guide on a recent tour in the Holy Land, who is a Jordanian Arab and a Greek Orthodox Catholic by the name of Sari Rabadi, taught us a little Arabian song: 'Havano, shalo, malechem,' which translated means: 'We bring you peace.'”

"Show Me Your Companions" by Unknown

Quoted By: James E. Faust, "Spiritual Nutrients," October 2006

"Grandfather would sing most of the day. Mostly he sang the songs of Zion. But one song he sang that impressed me greatly was 'Show me your companions, and I will tell you what you are.'”

"Sixteen Going on Seventeen (Reprise)" by Rodgers & Hammerstein

Quoted By: Thomas S. Monson, "Anonymous" &  "A Doorway Called Love," April 1983, October 1987 respectively

"A bell is no bell till you ring it,
A song is no song till you sing it,
And love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay …
Love isn’t love till you give it away"

"Somebody Loves You" by Dean Martin

Quoted By: Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Light Within You" April 1995

"Back in those days there was a popular song, the opening lines of which were:

Somebody loves you, I want you to know,
Longs to be near you, wherever you go."

"The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On)" by Irving Berlin

Quoted By: Gordon B. Hinckley, "A Time of New Beginnings," April 2000

"There was a popular piece of music when I was young that said, 'The song is ended but the melody lingers on.'”

"Stouthearted Men" by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II

Quoted By: Gordon B. Hinckley, "Stay the Course—Keep the Faith," October 1995

"I remember an old song rendered in stirring tones by a male chorus:

Start me with ten who are stouthearted men,
and I’ll soon give you ten thousand more …'"

Quoted By: Sterling W. Sill, "Transfusion," October 1974

"And Oscar Hammerstein must have been thinking about something like this when in his song 'Stouthearted Men' he said, 'Hearts can inspire other hearts with its fire.' And then he said:

Give me some men who are stout-hearted men,
Who will fight for the right they adore.
Start me with ten who are stout-hearted men,
And I’ll soon give you ten thousand more."

"Sunrise, Sunset" by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick

Quoted By: Barbara B. Smith, "In the Time of Old Age," April 1978

“'Sunrise, sunset—swiftly fly the years. …' Those lines from the poignant song bring a memory of two friends who, like the father and mother portrayed in Fiddler on the Roof, did not 'remember getting older.'”

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