An Enviable Palm Sunday

It happens sometimes that on Palm Sunday I am smitten with holy envy, longing for a few palm fronds, a nice 17th-century setting of “Hosanna to the Son of David,” and “All Glory Laud and Honor” with a procession and a trumpet descant.

Not today.

This morning, I was asked to help with the music for a special Sacrament Meeting in the Portuguese Branch with which my ward shares a building. I arrived, fiddle in hand, to watch a procession of sorts, as women dressed in slightly old-fashioned flowery longish dresses came in and donned matching lace-trimmed pioneer-style bonnets. Bonnets! Even a matching one for the littlest baby girl in her mother’s arms. The Sacrament Meeting was to commemorate the founding of the Relief Society on March 17th, 1842, and the program consisted entirely of women’s testimonies of the power of sisterhood in their lives, and quotations from past Relief Society General Presidents. Emma Smith, Emmeline Wells, Zina D.H. Young, Clarissa Williams, Amy Brown Lyman, Belle Spafford, and Elaine Jack, all carefully translated into Portuguese by the branch Relief Society President, and carefully translated back into English by an earnest young missionary for my benefit.

Today, to paraphrase the song, “I might be envied by a queen, for I am a Mormon Girl.” Hosanna, indeed.


  1. Kevin Barney says:

    Sounds great, Kristine.

    Today was our ward conference. No palm fronds, no bonnets, no mention of the day, just a state of the ward speech and business as usual. My holy envy remains intact, even if some of it is now directed in your direction…

  2. I’ve got holy envy.

  3. Wow! I have no other words.

  4. I wish I could have attended your meeting today. That’s the type of inspired thinking I really like.

  5. If it makes you feel any better, I played “All Glory, Laud and Honor” as the Relief Society prelude music. (No idea whether anyone noticed.)

  6. Kristine says:


    May your tribe increase! I would have noticed.

  7. Kristine, do you think the RS president would be willing to share her translations? I’d like to look at them for inclusion in a FHE.

  8. To be honest, I would have prefered a real Easter worship service remembering in song and word, Christ and his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We live too far (emotionally, and spiritually) from the events of his life and the things that are truly important in the gospel.

    But, that’s just my opinion. You don’t have to agree with it.

  9. Kristine, Jason was supposed to give a talk on the Articles of Faith, but instead spoke about Palm Sunday and Holy Week (they gave him the topic, but then told him he could speak on whatever he wanted). It was really great and I think the 2/3 of our ward from Brazil who used to be Catholic appreciated it. I thought you would appreciate that too.