I have wanted to do an arrangement of this song for a long time but I was kind of waiting for inspiration to strike. Well, strike it did and just in time for my son’s baptism this year! I wrote the violin/piano version first and really wanted a voice option too. So, I modified the music and created that also.
You’ll notice I did my signature signature 🙂 Yep, I changed it from 3/4 to 6/8. I may love 6/8 a little too much!
I’m hoping to get recording with a real violin when my sister-in-law comes into town next. For now, this will do. I hope you love this version as much as I do (I sit down just to play this all the time)!
First off, this song is unbelievably fun to play and sing. So even if you’re not a great singer but like to sing (like me) try it out after listening to it and getting the feel for it in your head.
About the song…
I have always liked the lyrics to this song. I felt like I wanted to do to this song what Rob Gardner did to Savior Redeemer of My Soul. Ok, so mine isn’t nearly as touching as that amazing arrangement but it sure gave me inspiration.
I really wanted to add a second verse. I found one that had some great lyrics written by Bryant Adams. With his permission I changed a few of the lyrics. I really wanted the song to end with “when faith endures” and I wanted to add this idea by Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf given in a general conference address entitled, “Be Not Afraid, Only Believe”:
“When we choose to believe, exercise faith unto repentance, and follow our Savior, Jesus Christ, we open our spiritual eyes to splendors we can scarcely imagine. Thus our belief and faith will grow stronger, and we will see even more.”
Oh, I love that and I hope that message comes across in this arrangement. I recommend opening up the music in another tab and following along with the video since the melody and lyrics will be unfamiliar. Enjoy!
Our stake presidency asked all bishops to take a whole sacrament meeting and discuss reverence. I was over activity days at the time and we were asked to do the musical number that day. I arranged this for the girls to sing. They got up right after the sacrament was passed and when the bishop got up to speak right after them he was almost in tears from the wonderful spirit those girls sang with.
This song goes through the song twice. I just felt like I should do that to really reinforce the meaning of the words. Hope you like it and as always, picture it with a better voice than mine 🙂
I have tried to contact the copyright owner of this music, through multiple methods, and have heard no response for over a year. If the copyright owner wishes for me to take this down I will. Please contact me and I will do it immediately.
My husband’s college roommate played this song on his guitar and I wrote some piano to go with it. I took the music I wrote and made it for just piano and voice. I love that it has a pop sound but still very beautiful. I don’t think that would have happened had I not written it to a guitar part first.
Feel free to change up the voicing however you want. Because it has a pop sound, there are a lot of ways to sing it that sound great! I just kind of wrote out about what I sing.
I have tried to contact the copyright owner of this music and have heard no response for more than half a year. If the copyright owner wishes for me to take this down I will. Please contact me and I will do it immediately.
Two girls in my ward wanted to do this song for a musical number in Sacrament Meeting so I arranged this for them to sing. You do have to use the Children’s Songbook with it so have that ready. Instructions are also on my sheet music but here is exactly what to do:
Play the intro in the Children’s Songbook and then the piano part while the children sing the first verse. As soon as you are finished with first verse go to sheet music and play piano part while children sing second verse. Play through first ending then go back to beginning while children sing both parts together and go through second ending.
It’s really not as confusing as it sounds. Luckily I have a recording of the girls singing it so you can listen if you have any questions about what to do.
Well, I bought the license to this song and can now put it up on my site!
Here’s a simple arrangement for a children’s choir or solo. This would be easy enough for the kids to follow along while adding a little extra beauty to the music. The last line is repeated with, what I think, is one of the greatest doctrines: The family is forever. Enjoy!
I arranged this song for my ward’s primary program this year. I tried to make it easy for the primary to follow while making the piano sound just a little fuller. I think this music did the trick. As long as I waved my arms really big to lead the kids into the verses they did great at keeping with the music.
I also like that the arrangement is simple enough to keep with the spirit of the music yet spiffed up enough to make it, what I think would be, a great solo piece too!
I just wanted to add that the copyright owner was very adamant about making sure this free sheet music is only used for home and church use. Thanks!
I just got an e-mail from Michael Moody’s son saying his dad, who is on a mission in Africa currently, has granted me permission to publish my arrangement! I love when composers get back to me. I felt like jumping up and down!
Anyways, this is a simple arrangement with violin. The piano is almost exactly how it is in the Children’s Songbook but tweaked a little to accommodate a violin part. My ward performed this arrangement for our Primary program a few years back and it sounded amazing. What song doesn’t when it has some good strings?
FYI, January 2014 song of the month in primary is this one! Now that I’m in a new ward looks like 2014 primary program will have this arrangement featured! Excited? Yes I am!
I have been writing this arrangement for about a year now and finally have it done. It took me a while but I’m so happy how it turned out. I have it in two keys for a soprano (E Major) and alto (C Major) voice. In the video I am singing the alto version.
I wanted to write a song for Christmas and I knew I wanted to write it in 6/8 timing. I loved Sally DeFord’s arrangement of While Shepherd’s Watched their Flocks by Night and a Children’s song called Our Christmas Story Tree (look down the list), both in 6/8 time. I knew I had to write one too. When I was looking at the songs in the hymn book I saw this song and tried it out with 6/8 timing and it sounded really good. I didn’t know this song very well before I wrote this arrangement. I came to love this song more than ever and am so happy I decided to do it. The lyrics in the last verse are especially powerful to me.
You may also notice I added a verse. Verse 2 in this arrangement are my own words. I think it fits in pretty well. Hopefully you enjoy this song!
I put this video on here hesitantly because I know my voice is terrible. I just want you to be able to hear how it sounds and hopefully see the potential of the song. When I am rich and famous I will spend money to make real recordings and get an awesome singer. For now, you have to put up with me 🙂