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I grew up in a very musical family. Everyone sang and played instruments. Because of my father's work, we had the opportunity to live in many places across the USA. My dad said that this was our chance to help build the kingdom in many places. In each area my mother made sure there were quality ward and stake choirs and we sang on many, many programs as a family. After earning a Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from BYU, I set off into the world with my new husband to do as I had been trained -- to build up the kingdom wherever we went. Seven children and many adventures later, I looked back and discovered that I had become a composer. After many years of teaching lessons and accompanying and directing church and community choirs and children's theater, I discovered that I had amassed quite a stack of works suited for the various groups and solo performers I had worked with over the years. I have two books of Solo songs The Praiseworthy Singer Vol. 14 and 15, and eight choral pieces currently published through Jackman Music. Others of my original songs and arrangements have placed in the Church Music Submissions contest over the years. I am pleased to share a few samples of my work on this site.
This Relief Society Anthem was inspired by the caption underneath a picture of African Relief Society Sisters who were getting ready for the photo to be taken. The caption read, "Come and sit with me." This thought of making room for everyone to have a place is indicative of the world-wide sisterhood of Relief Society. Also, a friend of mine gave me a framed piece of art that she so beautifully wrote in calligraphy of a quote by Lucy Mack Smith. Sister Smith's thought that we must cherish and serve one another and learn and teach each other so that we can one day sit down together in Heaven perfectly explains the work of the Relief Society. These two thoughts of "come and sit with us" and "one day being able to sit down in heaven together" make up the message of this powerful Relief Society Anthem.
This song was premiered at the Relief Society Music Festival on Temple Square on October 26th, 2012. The recording is of that performance. (Women from the Fruit Heights Utah Stake directed by Jane Fjeldsted, accompanied by DeAnne Walker.)
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