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Trumpets in Church

Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:10 pm
by allenjblodgett
I'm reading this section of the church handbook 2 about using brass in sacrament meetings. In your opinion, does that mean you could possibly use a trumpet if used as a worshipful sound? I've heard the organ taking a little bit more prominent role in a particular sound just as much as the trumpet. Then again, as we have been taught, it is the spirit of the law not the word of the law.

Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:29 pm
by aebrown
AllenBlodgett wrote:I'm reading this section of the church handbook 2 about using brass in sacrament meetings. In your opinion, does that mean you could possibly use a trumpet if used as a worshipful sound? I've heard the organ taking a little bit more prominent role in a particular sound just as much as the trumpet. Then again, as we have been taught, it is the spirit of the law not the word of the law.


The way I read the letter of the law, where it says "Instruments with a prominent or less worshipful sound, such as most brass and percussion, are not appropriate for sacrament meeting," the subject of the sentence is "instruments" -- not the music they may be making. So instruments that fit in that category are not appropriate, regardless of the music. The trumpet certainly has the most prominent sound of any of the brass instruments, so I don't see how it could be used within the letter of the law.

However, in each ward and stake, there are leaders with priesthood keys to make decisions about specific situations, and I wouldn't think I could tell them how to decide such matters.

Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:54 am
by davidmarmolejo
So a pop brass emsable is out of the question? or a heavy metal Rock guitar ?





Well yea read that on the manual to i always wondered about trumpets on other
intruments.

Re: Trumpets in Church

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:07 am
by LucySkyDiamond
I am also wondering if i can play my sax in sacrament. I have played some really beautiful peices that dont sound like they are disturbing to the spirit. The sax is technically a woodwind instrument but has a brassier sound that can be controled.

Re: Trumpets in Church

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:43 pm
by russellhltn
See Handbook 2: 14.4.2. "Instruments with a prominent or less worshipful sound, such as most brass and percussion, are not appropriate for sacrament meeting."

Re: Trumpets in Church

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:44 pm
by jdlessley
LucySkyDiamond wrote:I am also wondering if i can play my sax in sacrament. I have played some really beautiful peices that dont sound like they are disturbing to the spirit. The sax is technically a woodwind instrument but has a brassier sound that can be controled.

The decision regarding this rests with the presiding authority for the meeting after considering the instructions provided in the handbook and inspiration of the Spirit. Consult with your bishop.

Re: Trumpets in Church

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:52 pm
by waynecooke
Seems to me the operational word here is "most". Again, check with the Bishop. And if you are really sure that your piece, trumpet, sax, ect. might pass, play the piece for him and let him hear what you want to do.

Re: Trumpets in Church

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:28 pm
by russellhltn
It's up to his bishop to decide, but I'd be stuck on the word "prominent".

Re: Trumpets in Church

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:56 pm
by waynecooke
I just read the reference above, and noted the work 'prominent'. Also, I read about options for sources of accompaniments if organs/pianos are not available. On my mission to England in the mid '60s, we had a missionary who brought along his guitar on his mission (in fact there were at least two), and it came in very handy in a couple of small branches (or twigs as we called them) which had no piano etc, nor tape recorders (of course then they were all reel-to-reel), so he accompanied on his guitar. It was very spiritual. Of course we all know the story about Silent Night.