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He Sent His Son

About the Song

Words: Mabel Jones Gabbott; Music: Michael F. Moody; Arrangement: Sally DeFord

It was such a pleasure to receive the assignment to arrange this lovely song. Michael Moody is one of my favorite musicians, and what’s even better, a wonderful person.

The two SSA arrangements posted here are almost identical. The original (without obbligato) was done for the March 2003 YW General Broadcast, then the obbligatos were added for the March 2009 YW Broadcast, and the piano part was modified slightly to accommodate them.

The Solo and SATB versions use a different accompaniment, and include a violin obbligato. The SATB is very easy, and should work well for smaller choirs.

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Recording featuring vocals by Allyse Smith Taylor:


Violin by Jana Hanni

Accompaniment track:


Violin by Jana Hanni
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Lyrics

How could the Father tell the world
Of love and tenderness?
He sent his Son, a newborn babe,
With peace and holiness.

How could the Father show the world
The pathway we should go?
He sent his Son to walk with men
On earth that we may know.

How could the Father tell the world
Of sacrifice, of death?
He sent his Son to die for us
And rise with living breath.

What does the Father ask of us?
What do the scriptures say?
Have faith, have hope, live like his Son,
Help others on their way.

What does he ask?
Live like his Son.

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7 Comments

  1. KIMBERLY H CATRON

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful gift of music. We are hoping to use this arrangement (and your O Holy Night) for a Christmas Devotional here in Mexico City that will be televised to all the church employees throughout Mexico. Thank you for making your creations accessible for all! May God bless you with His choicest blessings!

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  2. Julie A.

    Dear Sally, I have loved and sung your arrangements for many years.Now I am a Senior missionary serving in Sendai, Japan. I am going to start a ward choir and would like to use your hymn arrangements. May I insert the Japanese texts from the hymnal and childrens song book into your arrangements, specifically, “He Sent His Son,” “There is a grren Hill Far Away,” as well as your other hymn and primary song arrangements? Your music deserves to be sung and heard in sacrament meetings all over the world and in the native tongue of those who sing and hear it! It would be a tremendous blessing to the Japanese saints here!

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    • sallydeford

      Of course!

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  3. Susan Hawkins

    Words seem very inadequate to tell you how much I love your music, your arrangements, and how easy you make it to use your “stuff” Thank you so very very much. I am currently our ward choir director and primary chorister and you are a great blessing to me! The sweet song in the Friend this month is beautiful!

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  4. Lourie Rabe

    I am so beyond grateful for your beautiful work and your wonderful contribution to the work of the Lord. Your gift is inspiring and so appreciated. I’ve used many of your arrangements through the years – in the Tab Choir, for personal use, ward and stake use, and now for our mission choir use here in Birmingham, England. Thank you. Sister R

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  5. Cheryl

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful arrangement!

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  6. sharlene lundy

    My mother and I thought the song is very beautiful and touching, we even copied the lyrics. We thank you very much.

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