I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

William Studwell wrote a bit about the history of this hymn in his book The Christmas Carol Reader: In spite of the mentions of bells and Christmas in the title, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is as much an antiwar song as it is a pro-Christmas song. The poetry of this renowned carol […]


Come, Let Us Sing an Evening Hymn

Chances are, this is going to be an unfamiliar hymn for you. I don’t think I’ve ever heard it sung at a church meeting; my only prior exposure to it was when I plowed through the hymn book, determined to play each hymn therein. And, besides the recordings available on, there is a grand […]


Teaching Christ’s Parables: Real Life Examples

  Miss Mason recommends teaching children parables. We collected several of her quotes about how and why to teach parables, as well as a list of parables to choose from, but it’s so often helpful to see what it looks like in a real family, with real children! Our first {very cute} example shows how […]


Feeding Mother

“The life of the mind,” Miss Mason said, “is sustained upon ideas.” Ideas are more than just facts, in the same way that homemade lasagna is more than mac-n-cheese from a box. We work to find our children books that are so full of these ideas that they can be called living books -the best […]

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Christ before Pilate

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

As a recent convert and young missionary in 1840s Stratford-upon-Avon (the birthplace of Shakespeare!), John Jaques pondered a scene from the life of Christ: Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, “Art thou the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered him, “Sayest thou this thing of thyself, […]


50 Years of LDS Art

The following is an excerpt from a post on the Zion Art Society website.   This [month] is the 50th anniversary of the address “A Gospel Vision of the Arts.” Given in 1967 by Spencer W. Kimball, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, it has become both loved and loathed by […]

The Children of Israel Crossing the Jordan

Lead, Kindly Light

I hope you’ve had a fantastic September! If you’ve joined us in our hymn rotation, you’ve been singing one of my favorite hymns, Lead, Kindly Light, and I’d like to tell you more about it. This was the last hymn sung on the RMS Titanic before it hit the famed iceberg, and was sung again in […]


Hymn Study Materials

We are pleased to announce that the hymn selections for the 2017-2018 school year are now available! We have done our best to include hymns of the Restoration, lesser-known hymns, Christmas & Easter hymns, and hymns from the greater Christian world. Selecting these hymns turned out to be more difficult than we anticipated! We found some […]


Supplementary Resources for Latter-day Saints

The online Charlotte Mason homeschooling community is vibrant and generous. Many wonderful Christian parents have produced resources and entire curricula based on Miss Mason’s methods. LDS families can use these resources successfully, but we think that there is a better way. By Study and Faith was created to help meet the needs of Latter-day Saint […]