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Atonement/Mercy/Grace/Redemption
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More about Debbie Wood:
How I love my mother, Brenda; my very first teacher in life. When I was eight, I had a desire to learn to play the piano and she began teaching me about the different notes. Then in Jr. High, my music teacher, Marvin Hill, understood the power of chords, and in one month, changed my life. Over the years, I've written different songs, both upon request, and to express the emotion I was feeling at the time. Each of these songs has a story of how it was written. (Which can also be found at www.power-plus-learning.com/debbs-music/) Each of these songs I dedicate to our loving Father in Heaven and Savior, Jesus Christ. I know They live. I know They love us perfectly and give us gifts and talents to share with others and make this world a better place. How grateful I am to Them for all I've been blessed with.
Song background:

After writing a poem about gaining a Celestial Degree in this earthly education (see Master of My Destiny), Dona and I talked about the differences between writing a poem and writing a song. My sweet friend sent me the words to 'I want to be true!" Oh, how I loved them.  She had only written the verse about Noah, Job and Nephi.  I wrote back and told Dona this was so good, we needed another verse for the girls. It was masterfully done. I loved the way Mary, Ruth and Esther were brought in with the same style, grace and conviction. Genius!

I am so grateful for friends who develop their talents in magnificent ways and then are willing to share them with the rest of us. They make this world a better place just by having lived. 

Thank you, Dona!  This song is one of my favorites!

(Sorry for this midi .mp3 - it makes it seem like this song has no feeling, pauses or slowing of any kind. I hope to do a better recording, but for now this will give you an idea of how it sounds.)

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Lyrics: 1. I want to be the kind of friend who is fit for me to know. To hold my head up high everywhere I go
and so I'll keep my promises, integrity pursue. To thine own self, be true!
Father in Heaven, please help me I pray. Help me be honest and faithful each day.
Help me be true in all that I do.
I want to be true like Noah through storms and floods of life;
True like Job through tragedy and strife.
I want to be true like Nephi, hold to the iron rod
Ignoring jeers from mocking crowds, always true to God.

2. I want to be the kind of friend who is fit for me to know. To hold my head up high everywhere I go
and so I'll keep my promises, integrity pursue. To thine own self, be true!
Father in Heaven, please help me I pray. Help me be honest and faithful each day.
Help me be true in all that I do.
I want to be true like Mary, so pure in heart and mind;
True like Ruth and idols leave behind.
I want to be true like Esther, a wife fit for a King
Willing to fight or give my life, righteousness to bring.

3. Yes! I will be the kind of friend who is fit for me to know. I'll hold my head up high everywhere I go
and I will keep my promises, integrity pursue. To thine own self, be true!
Father in Heaven, please help me I pray. Help me be honest and faithful each day.
Help me in all that I do to be true!
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