New Song for Youth: We Will Press Forward

The 2016 Mutual Theme for the LDS Church is 2 Nephi 31:20: “Press forward with a steadfastness in Christ.”  My cousin was recently called as the Stake YW Camp Director and told me that their camp theme for next year goes along with this scripture; their theme is “Pressing Forward to Have Eternal Life!”  I got so excited about this theme when I found out about it (yesterday!) that I just had to write a song.  This was one of those treasured times as a composer when I feel this song was already composed somewhere and I just had the opportunity to write it down.  I truly felt inspired and I’m so grateful for that blessing.

When my husband first heard it, he asked why I wrote the lyrics, “Steadfast WITH Christ” rather than “IN Christ;” I did this because as I read all about the mutual theme, I loved how we can picture being truly yoked with our Savior and walking through life WITH Him!

I hope you enjoy this song and you’re welcome to use it for any noncommercial purposes, but it would be great for anything your youth are involved in next year.  As always, it’s free 🙂

Sheet Music: We Will Press Forward

Lyrics:

1 This road that we are traveling,

This earthly path we walk

is fraught with danger, sadness, fear,

and sometimes we feel lost.

2 But if we will press forward,

stay true to Christ each day,

Then strength and courage, faith we’ll find:

His love will guide our way.

Chorus:

So We Will Press Forward, Steadfast with Christ.

With hope and love, we will prevail against doubt and strife.

Always pressing forward with the Savior by our side.

We’ll have joy along our path to gain eternal life!

3 We’ll make and keep our covenants,

Then when this time is through,

We’ll live with Father in pure joy,

forever families too.

Chorus

We’ll gain eternal life!

 

 

New Arrangement: Come Unto Jesus

I am excited to share this new arrangement with you!  My husband, Gerrit, and I are in the process of writing an Easter cantata, and this will be a part of that!  However, it’s also a great stand alone piece for any meeting focused on the Savior.  I hope you enjoy it!

Again, I have tried to save our ward and stake conductor’s money and time by condensing the pages down.  Please notice that the first verse is started with only the tenors, and the second verse is when the sopranos and altos get their turn.  I hope my notes on the music and the verse numbers will help with any confusion 🙂

Here’s the sheet music: Sheet Music for Come Unto Jesus SATB

Here is a MIDI file of the the whole song (but the parts on the first two verses overlap).  This file is in the correct key.

Here is a recording of me singing and playing the whole song (so you can hear which verses are where, but I sing the melody throughout).  I did this recording before I realized it was a key too high, so it’s played one key higher throughout.

Mother’s Prayer

I call this piece “Mother’s Prayer.”  I have spent countless hours on my knees praying for my children, my family, questions and concerns we have, worries, etc.  and I know that you probably have as well.  I wrote this music as I thought about all those prayers I have offered and continue to offer.  Some are quick, most are quiet, and some are heartfelt pleading.  I try to convey all of these emotions through this song.

I have been working on this piece for several months.  I know I’m not going to be able to get the sheet music down for a long time, if ever, so I wanted to share the music.  If you need just a peaceful music break, I hope you’ll take a listen 🙂  It starts out really soft, but gets quite loud, so don’t turn your speakers up too high 😉