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More about Loren Erickson:
My first introduction to music was playing the trumpet in an elementary school band. How many of those do you see anymore? In Junior High I took up singing and performed in various choirs and musicals through high school and college. When I was called as ward music chairman and took on the additional responsibilities of ward choir director, I wanted to see of I could arrange music for the choir. Many of those early attempts were...well...awful. But I had a very forgiving Bishop and patient accompanists and choir and I continued to learn. I am now stake music chairman and have inflicted slightly less atrocious arrangements on otherwise unsuspecting congregations. I also currently sing with Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, a multi-denominational choral movement spanning five western states in the USA. My experience in MCO has had a profound influence on how I look at music, what it means, and why it is important to understand meaning behind notes and lyrics when performing it. I hope that what I leave here is not as awful as I have suggested that it might be with this introduction, but either way, know that there is a little piece of my soul in everything you will find from me here. Please provide feedback on my work. That is the only way I will learn.
Song background:

I don't usually do primary songs.  Most of the time I find them too full of sachhcarine, and with not enough doctrine on their bones.  But with the excitement over the "new music" initialtive announced by the LDS church, I thought I'd try my hand at writing one.  This is now the third, and the one I'm most comfortable sharing here. 

I love songs that tell a complete, doctrinal story; songs that come full circle, if you will.  I'd draw the listeners attention to the fact that "the gift so freely given" is different depending on this verse, and invite you to think about what this teaches our primary children.  

As always, please drop me a line if you have any feedback or suggestions for improvement. 

 

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Lyrics: Our Father lived in heaven,
With all his spirit children,
For us to be like Him, and see,
Salvation's plan was given.

[Chorus]
One boundless love,
A gift so freely given,
Father, Son, and those He loves
His work and goal and mission.

The Son came down from heaven,
and lived among God's children,
As mortal man, he showed God's plan,
That we may be forgiven.

[Chorus]
(substitute "they love, their work" for "He loves, His work" in third and fourth lines)

We chose to come to earth,
and live away from heaven,
Forgetting much, we each must trust
the Holy Spirit's whispers.

[Chorus]
(substitute "they love, their work" for "He loves, His work" in third and fourth lines)

Our hearts be always humble,
That we may never stumble,
Let us prepare, and always share
This witness of our Savior.

[Chorus]
(substitute "we love, our work" for "He loves, His work" in third line)

[Refrain]
Father, Son and all we love,
Our work and goal and mission.

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