FREE Music to help your children memorize
THE THIRTEEN ARTICLES of FAITH
Why did I do this?
My journey to compose new music to the Articles of Faith began in 1995. I was teaching music lessons in Pocatello, Idaho and had a successful program with many students, mostly LDS boys. One boy in particular, Michael, was trying to learn the Article of Faith #1 (AF #1) piece from the LDS Primary Song Book. After weeks of effort, it just wasn't working out. Michael couldn't get it. I wondered why? Michael was doing well with his other songs. So, why was this song so difficult?
I noticed the problem seemed to be related to a mental block and not a physical one. I went home and started playing AF #1 to see if I could detect the difficulty. After playing through it 5 times, I discovered that I too was stumbling through it. I couldn't get it to flow or progress smoothly. I looked at it more closely and realized that the meter was odd and changing. There were no flowing rhythms or standard phrases. The melody seemed like a myriad of many songs, not one. I concluded that if I was struggling, there was no way that Michael or any of my other students could learn AF #1. I found similar problems with the other Article of Faith songs. Eventually, I deemed them extremely difficult to memorize and wondered what could I do to help Michael and my other students?
For me and others, music is one of the most powerful ways we gain and share a testimony of the Gospel. In particular, the Articles of Faith are among the most important verses of scripture we should memorize. Being honest, at that point in time, I, myself, hadn’t been able to commit them to memory. I had composed other music for my students, and thought perhaps I should try composing new music for the Articles of Faith. I did this not only for my students, but so that I, my children, and all children could more easily memorize the Articles of Faith. It took several months to accomplish, but I am pleased with the results.
Some information on how they were composed...
The primary objective of composing this music was for one purpose, to make the Articles of Faith easy and hopefully, effortless to memorize. A second objective was so they could be sung as a group for a Sacrament program, fireside, etc… Here is what I did. Articles of Faith 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13 are written in hymn style with 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 being more of a fun children’s style, similar to "Give Said the Little Stream" and "I Hope they Call Me on a Mission." Some of the editors that I talked with wanted them all to be hymns because it would be “more spiritual." Yet, I couldn't see any primary age child singing 13 hymns in a row. In this regard, I disagree with the editors and believe the diversity to be of critical importance. Again the goal is to make the Articles of Faith fun and effortless to memorize. The second idea was to start in the key of A Major, go around the Circle of Fifths, and eventually return back to A Major. Key changes are vital to keeping the sound fresh. However, if you find the melodies a stretch, you are welcome to transpose them. After completing the original compositions, I realized that while manageable, they would be too difficult for most of my students. So, I created simplified arrangements for all 13 pieces.
Why are they FREE?
Simply, they reflect my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I cannot imagine charging anyone for my testimony whether spoken, written in word, or put to music. If I could ask a price, it would be that you direct others to this site so they can also download the music.
Do I ask anything in return?
I ask only a few things.
First, fill out the information below. That way I can email you the links for downloading both the original and simplified arrangements.
Second, please give me feedback on how they worked or did not work. I want them to be as perfect as possible.
Third, please let others know about them.
Fourth, if you make any modifications to the arrangements, please email them to me so I can review post them on the site.
Fifth, if using in primary, be sure to get permission from your Bishop or Branch President first.