#134 I Believe in Christ

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1. I believe in Christ; he is my King!
With all my heart to him I’ll sing;
I’ll raise my voice in praise and joy,
In grand amens my tongue employ.
I believe in Christ; he is God’s Son.
On earth to dwell his soul did come.
He healed the sick; the dead he raised.
Good works were his; his name be praised.

2. I believe in Christ; oh blessed name!
As Mary’s Son he came to reign
‘Mid mortal men, his earthly kin,
To save them from the woes of sin.
I believe in Christ, who marked the path,
Who did gain all his Father hath,
Who said to men: “Come, follow me,
That ye, my friends, with God may be.”

3. I believe in Christ–my Lord, my God!
My feet he plants on gospel sod.
I’ll worship him with all my might;
He is the source of truth and light.
I believe in Christ; he ransoms me.
From Satan’s grasp he sets me free,
And I shall live with joy and love
In his eternal courts above.

4. I believe in Christ; he stands supreme!
From him I’ll gain my fondest dream;
And while I strive through grief and pain,
His voice is heard: “Ye shall obtain.”
I believe in Christ; so come what may,
With him I’ll stand in that great day
When on this earth he comes again
To rule among the sons of men.

Text: Bruce R. McConkie, 1915-1985. (c) 1972 IRI
Music: John Longhurst, b. 1940. (c) 1985 IRI

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: Bruce R. McConkie

McConkie wrote several poems, a few of which he read in various general conference addresses. One for which he is especially remembered is the poem I Believe in Christ, delivered in a 1972 General Conference address, “The Testimony of Jesus”. It was later set to music and published in the LDS Hymnal, as Hymn #134, “I Believe in Christ” and has since gained popularity among members of the church.

McConkie also penned the fourth verse to Hymn #21, “Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice”.

Music By: John Longhurst

John Longhurst (born 1940) was an organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for 30 years. He is also noted for writing the music to the Latter-day Saint hymn “I Believe in Christ” and being the one of the few main forces behind the design of the Conference Center organ.

As a child, Longhurst lived on a ranch near PlacervilleCalifornia. In 1949, his father died and the family moved to Salt Lake CityUtah. As a young man, Longhurst served as a Mormon missionary in the Atlantic States Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Longhurst earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degrees in music from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.

During the mid-1960s, Longhurst was a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Longhurst married Nancy Medrim, a native of SyracuseNew York, in the Salt Lake Temple in 1969. They are the parents of four children.

Longhurst served as a professor at Brigham Young University.

From 1977 to 2007 Longhurst served as a Mormon Tabernacle Choir organist.