#311 We Meet Again as Sisters (Women)

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1. We meet again as sisters
On this the Sabbath day
To worship God together,
To testify and pray.
Now may the Holy Spirit,
Descending like a dove,
Enlarge our minds with knowledge
And fill our hearts with love.

2. We meet to plan our service
To neighbors now in need.
May charity and kindness
Inspire our ev’ry deed.
And as we use our talents
For good and noble ends,
May God be our companion
And angels be our friends.

3. We meet to sing together
The praises of our Lord,
To seek our exaltation
According to his word.
To ev’ry gospel blessing
The Lord has turned the key,
That we, with heav’nly parents,
May sing eternally.

Text: Paul L. Anderson, b. 1946. (c) 1985 IRI
Music: Bonnie Lauper Goodliffe, b. 1943. (c) 1985 IRI

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: Paul L. Anderson

Paul L. Anderson (born 1946) is a Latter-day Saint architectural historian, museum curator and hymnwriter.

Anderson was born in Pasadena, California[1] and as a young man served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Japan.

Anderson received a B.A. with honors from Stanford University in 1968 and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University in 1972. He was an architect in Pasadena, California and received his license in 1976.[2][3]

Anderson married the historian Lavina Fielding in 1977. They lived in Salt Lake City, Utah and had one son, Christian, who was born in 1980.[4] During the 1993 conflict between some intellectuals and LDS leadership (in which Lavina was excommunicated), Paul publicly called for peace and reconciliation between the parties.[5]

In 1973, Anderson received a fellowship from the LDS Church’s Historical Department to study historical Mormon architecture, which led to a position restoring the church’s historic buildings. He helped in the planning of the Museum of Church History and Art, which opened in 1984, and later in designing its exhibits. He helped launch the Brigham Young University Museum of Art in 1992 and since then has served as head of design and curator.[2] Anderson was heavily involved with the work of Nauvoo Restoration, Inc.[citation needed]

Anderson has been a longtime member of the Mormon History Association (MHA), and planned its 1987 conference in England, for which he was awarded a Special Citation from the MHA.[6] He served as MHA president from 2007–8.[7]

Anderson also has a strong musical interest. For several years he sang in the Utah Symphony Chorus. He has written the text of four hymns in the 1985 LDS hymnbook[2]: #139 “In Fasting We Approach Thee”, #148 “Sabbath Day”, #291 “Turn Your Hearts”, and #311 “We Meet Again as Sisters”.

Music By: Bonnie Lauper Goodliffe