#302 I Know My Father Lives

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1. I know my Father lives and loves me too.
The Spirit whispers this to me and tells me it is true,
And tells me it is true.

2. He sent me here to earth, by faith to live his plan.
The Spirit whispers this to me and tells me that I can,
And tells me that I can.


Text and music: Reid N. Nibley, 1923-2008. (c) 1969 IRI

-History: (Wikipedia)

Written By: Reid N. Nibley

Music By: Reid N. Nibley

Richard (Reid) Neibaur Nibley (5 January 1923 – 25 February 2008) was an American pianistcomposer and music educator. He wrote the words and music to the Latter-day Saint hymn“I Know My Father Lives”.

Nibley was born to Alexander Nibley and his wife Agnes Sloan. He was the younger brother of Hugh Nibley. Nibley’s ancestry was ScottishEnglish and Jewish.

Nibley became involved in music while still a child. He made his debut with the Glendale Symphony Orchestra at age eleven, and performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonicat age 17. He was the principal pianist for the Utah Symphony Orchestra for ten years. Among Nibley’s later instructors were Leroy J. Robertson and Gyorgy Sandor.

Nibley was a professor at the University of UtahThe University of Michigan and Brigham Young University (BYU). At BYU, Nibley also held the position of pianist-in-residence. Among Nibley’s students at BYU was Kevin Kenner.

Nibley married Marjorie McBride in 1947 and they had six children: Stephen, Breta, Richard, Garn, Virginia, and Jonathan. Marjorie died in 2000. In 2001, Nibley married Nona Gallacher.

Nibley’s hymn “I Know My Father Lives” is in both the Primary Children’s Songbook and the 1985 hymnal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1998, a CD of some of Nibley’s works, Quiet Classics: Piano Meditations, was released. Nibley also wrote at least one sonata.