#81 Press Forward, Saints

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1. Press forward, Saints, with steadfast faith in Christ,
With hope’s bright flame alight in heart and mind,
With love of God and love of all mankind.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

2. Press forward, feasting on the word of Christ.
Receive his name, rejoicing in his might.
Come unto God; find everlasting light.

3. Press on, enduring in the ways of Christ.
His love proclaim thru days of mortal strife.
Thus saith our God: “Ye have eternal life!”

Text: Marvin K. Gardner, b. 1952; based on 2 Nephi 31:20. (c) 1985 IRI
Music: Vanja Y. Watkins, b. 1938. (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: Vanja Y. Watkins