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Vocal Solo Medium Voice/Low Voice
Christ
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Heavenly Father
Joseph Smith
Miracles
Prayer
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Restoration
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Comments for this piece:
From Lisa L: I sang this song in Sacrament meeting on Sunday, with two neighbors accompanying me on piano and violin. We got many compliments on the piece, including friends who said it was the best musical number they had heard in a church service in quite some time. I think most people love both melodies, Come Thou Fount, and Joseph Smith's First Prayer, so putting them together was genius - and beautiful. Many people said they were touched, and that it brought the Spirit into the meeting. Thanks for sharing you talents Rick!
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From Heather: This is such an amazingarrangement! I sang this with piano and violin for a stake meeting and had so many comments on how the spirit touched peoples hearts. We have been asked to do it again in a couple weeks when Elder Martino visits our stake for Adult Session of conference. Thank you so much for sharing your talents :)
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From Michael: This song was beautiful. Just sang it in Sacrament meeting yesterday and everyone loved the spirit that it brought.
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More about Rick Graham:
I am a self-taught pianist that originally hails from Pennsylvania. I have a love of music that spans several decades. My Grandmother instilled in me the gift of listening to the sound of music no matter where it was. I was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but sang as a young boy soprano in a boys choir for another church. Those years of learning music and techniques would forever stay with me as well as playing the recorder. I am married and am a grandfather and find great joy in my posterity. I moved to the Salt Lake area a couple years ago for employment and love it here (although I do miss my children and grandchildren terribly). I am humbled to be a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as a music missionary. I have been truly blessed and acknowledge all the gifts and blessings that I enjoy to Him, my Savior.
Song background:

So earlier this year, a fellow MoTab member told me that his daughter was returning home from her mission and mentioned that it would be way cool if there could be a custom arrangement of the hymn, "Joseph Smith's First Prayer". In this particular mission, they loved to sing the words of Joseph Smith's First Prayer to the tune of, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing". So I accepted the challenge. This is what I ended up with. 

It is scored for Baritone solo with violin and piano, but can be altered for other voices - just ask and I'll provide you with it. :) I thought it turned out well and this is also the piece that I submitted to the 2015 LDS Submission. I don't know how it fared out as the results won't be released till July. But the deadline for submission has passed and felt that I need to share this with others.

It is very rare that I have strong feelings about a piece, but every time I play this back, I keep on telling myself, "I didn't write this". I feel that I had some heavenly help with this. I hope you enjoy it. If you perform it, I'd love to hear about it and maybe even an audio recording.

 

NEW: 19 May 2015 - New PDF with transposed music set for Soprano Voice v1.01S

          20 May 2015 - Added Violin parts for each voicing

         12 June 2015 - Added PDF for Alto Voice v101A

          8 July 2015 - Added b-flat clarinet part for Alto arrangement

          15 July 2015 - Added Cello part for Soprano arrangement v1.01SC

  6 April 2016 - Added Cello part for Alto arrangement v1.02AC

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