#128 When Faith Endures

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I will not doubt, I will not fear;
God’s love and strength are always near.
His promised gift helps me to find
An inner strength and peace of mind.
I give the Father willingly
My trust, my prayers, humility.
His Spirit guides; his love assures
That fear departs when faith endures.

Text: Naomi W. Randall, 1908-2001. (c) 1985 IRI
Music: Stephen M. Jones, b. 1960. (c) 1985 IRI

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Naomi Harriet Ward Randall (October 5, 1908 – May 17, 2001) was a Latter-day Saint songwriter and author and a leader in the Primary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1957, Randall wrote the lyrics to “I Am a Child of God“, an LDS hymn that was originally written as a song for children.

Randall served as a member of the general board of the Primary Association for 27 years. As a member of the board, she was asked to write a song for children that would teach them the LDS Church beliefs on the nature of a child’s relationship with God. The result was “I Am a Child of God“, which has now been published in over 90 languages.[1] Randall also wrote the lyrics to “When Faith Endures”, which is hymn #128 in the LDS Church hymnal.

Randall was a frequent contributor to the The Children’s Friend and was the chair of the Primary committee that created the CTR ring. From 1970 and 1974, Randall was the first counselor to LaVern W. Parmley in the general presidency of the Primary.

On October 13, 1998, Randall was awarded a Presidential Citation by Brigham Young University president Merrill J. Bateman for her lifelong service to the children of the LDS Church.[2]

Naomi Harriet Ward was born in North Ogden, Utah. She was married to Earl A. Randall and was the mother of one child.

Stephen M. Jones (b. 1960) is a professor of music composition at Brigham Young University (BYU) and currently Dean of the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications. Among his works is the music for the hymn “When Faith Endures” which is included in the current English language edition of the LDS hymnal.

Jones is a Latter-day Saint. He resides in American Fork, Utah with his wife, Wendy, and their four children.

Jones also did the music for the film Eliza and I jointly produced by KBYU-TV and Richard Dutcher‘s Zion Films in 1997.[1]