#279 Thy Holy Word

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1. We love to hear thy holy word
Proclaimed in latter days.
It lifts our hearts; our souls are stirred
To glorify thy ways.

2. We love to read thy holy word
With quiet thought and prayer.
Thy Spirit’s whisp’rings we have heard;
We feel thy constant care.

3. We love to share thy holy word;
Thy gospel we proclaim.
We humbly bear our witness, Lord,
Of thy redeeming name.

4. We thank thee for thy holy word;
With joy we sing thy praise.
Oh, help us, Lord, to learn thy word
And live it all our days.

Text: Marvin K. Gardner, b. 1952. (c) 1985 IRI
Music: Robert Cundick, b. 1926. (c) 1985 IRI

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: Marvin K. Gardner

Marvin Kent Gardner (born 1952) is a Latter-day Saint hymnwriter and editor.

Gardner served as a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Colombia. He then studied at Brigham Young University (BYU). After that he served as an editor of theEnsign. Gardner also was an editor of the New Era and the Friend and Liahona. He served as assistant or managing editor at one or more of these publications from 1978 to 2005.

Among the hymns written by Gardner is “Press Forward, Saints”.

Gardner is currently a member of the BYU faculty where he is an associate teaching professor of English language and linguistics. Gardner has also taught religion classes at BYU.

Music By: Robert Cundick

Robert Milton Cundick Sr. (born 1926) is a Latter-day Saint composer. He was also for many years one of the organists of the Mormon Tabernacle and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Cundick grew up in Sandy, Utah. By age 12, he had become the organist in his congregation. Cundick received a degree in music from BYU in 1957.[1] Cundick was a Tabernacle Organist from 1964–1991, and for a time he was also a professor at Brigham Young University. Since his retirement as Tabernacle Organist, Cundick has sought to publicize serious works of Utah and Mormon composers.[2] In 2004 he won the Life Time achievement Pearl Award.

The current edition of the English LDS hymnal has two hymns with music by Cundick: hymn number 198 “That Easter Morn” (words by Marion D. Hanks) and hymn number 279 “Thy Holy Word” (words by Marvin K. Gardner). Cundick has written many vocal works, such as the cantata The Song of Nephi, as well as The Redeemer,[3] an oratorio with the text selected by Brigham Young University professor Ralph Woodward.[4] Cundick also provided music for the 2004 film Woman, The Pioneer, and he composed the music for The Brothers, a musical play based on the life of Karl G. Maeser, with text by Keith Engar.[5] Most recently, Cundick composed the music to an oratorio with text by David A. Bednar, performed in the fall of 2009 by the BYU-Idaho choirs and orchestras.[6]