In General Conference, President Monson said “Walking where Jesus was is less important than walking as he walked.” My friend and collaborator, Rick Graham, though that this idea would make a wonderful children’s song. He wrote a beautiful melody, and asked me if I’d provide the words.
It took me a few complete revisions to get them just right, but I’m very happy with the end result. Enjoy!
This lovely hymn appeared in the 1909 Deseret Sunday School Songs, and in the 1927, 1948, and 1950 LDS hymnals, but not the 1985 edition – which is a pity, because it is one of the very few genuinely Latter-day Saint Christmas hymn tunes, written by Ebenezer Beesley.
This beloved LDS Hymn first appeared in our Manchester Hymnal some time between 1847 and 1887; it has been included in every LDS hymnal since that time, set to the tune RUTH. Here is an alternate arrangement, set to an earlier shape-note tune entitled SABBATH MORNING. It first appeared with a article in the Times and Seasons, written by Alexander Neibaur, who was one of the first Jewish converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a friend to Joseph Smith. It is based on a text from the Psalms.
For you singing pleasure, here is another legacy hymn. You will notice that there is a new section of the “LDS Legacy Hymns”. These are hymns that have been in old versions of LDS Hymnbooks. I have also figured out how to include demo recordings for arrangements to give you an idea what things will sounds like.
In early 1836, Frederick G. Williams and William W. Phelps published the first hymnal of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Kirtland, Ohio. It contained ninety hymns, but only the words were included – the Saints were expected to know the tunes by heart. This new publication represents the first time that the 1835 LDS hymnal has ever been published along with its tunes.
To bring this hymn back to life, just click on the link to the sheet music here: Cheer, Saints Cheer