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I Am a Child of God (Accompaniment)

About the Song

Words: Naomi Ward Randall
Music: Mildred Tanner Pettit

In March of 2014, a video featuring “I Am a Child of God” was shown at the General Women’s Meeting of the LDS Church. The video (linked down there under “Youtube”) features people from around the world singing this song in various languages.

I was asked to provide the arrangement that was used in the video; Dave Zabriskie added orchestration, and the vocals were done by these wonderful church members in various countries.

The sheet music for this consists of a simple melody line, along with the piano arrangement. You can use the music in any of a number of ways:

  • As a vocal solo
  • As a simple solo for violin or other C instrument. You may need to kick it up or down an octave depending on the instrument.
  • As an accompaniment for Primary children.
  • As a choir number: give one verse to the men, one to the women, and sing the last verse using the parts in the hymnbook (Hymns, #301).
  • Have the congregation join on the last verse. (The organ can join in too, playing the last verse as written in the hymnbook.)
  • A combination of the above, or any other way you can think of!

The arrangement was built in increments so it could be adjusted to fit the video. The video omitted measures 1-6 and measures 31-36 of the accompaniment. You may use or omit these as you choose.

Listen (and free 128kbps MP3 downloads)

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Accompaniment track:

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Lyrics

I am a child of God
And He has sent me here
Has given me an earthly home
With parents kind and dear

Chorus:
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me
Help me find the way
Teach me all that I must do
To live with Him someday

I am a child of God
And so my needs are great
Help me to understand His words
Before it grows too late
(Repeat chorus)

I am a child of God
Rich blessings are in store
If I but learn to do His will
I’ll live with Him once more
(Repeat chorus)

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14 Comments

  1. Mija Garlick

    I love this arrangement so very much. It is so beautiful. We sang it last year for Father’s Day when the children sang for their fathers and hopefully will use this arrangement for one part of our program this year. Thank you for all you do!!! Mija garlick

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  2. Linda Toone

    Sally,
    Thank you for this beautiful accompaniment! I’m glad that you wrote we can use it “any way you can think of”! I’d like to use it for a stake Primary choir in our Lancaster, PA upcoming stake conference. But I’d like to repeat measures 39-46, using the words of the 3rd verse, and then finish the song using the words of the 4th verse from the Children’s Songbook. I hope that little revision and addition is okay with you. I would leave off the E flat transition note in the bass at measure 46, and go back to a B flat chord (2nd inversion) on the first beat of measure 39 with a treble D on top.) Haha, did that make any sense?
    I really do love all your songs and arrangements! Thank you so much for sharing your talents over the years with all of us!
    Linda p.s. I love that we have a mutual friend – Katie Bastian! It’s fun to see your comments and input on her posts. 🙂

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    • sallydeford

      What you propose to do with it sounds lovely! That’s what this particular arrangement is for, so that little revision is just fine!

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      • Linda

        Wonderful! Thanks again!

        Reply
  3. Kelly Lervold

    Beautiful!

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    • Riangto

      Thank you, dear Sally…. Beautiful…
      May God bless you.

      Reply
  4. Andrea Jessop

    Sally,

    What a beautiful arrangement! But I’m unable to find the PDF. When I click on the link it says “website is down for maintenance”. Our primary kids are singing I’m a Child of God this year and I’ve been looking for something to help it sound new and fresh, this is PERFECT. Is there anyway you could email it to me?? I would be so grateful <3 <3

    Thank you!

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    • sallydeford

      It may have been… well… down for maintenance! 🙂 I’m seeing it now. Is it back for you?

      Reply
      • Andrea Jessop

        Well yes, there it is 🙂 It really was just “down for maintenance”. Thank you so much for checking and responding! So excited to use this piece with our primary!

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        • sallydeford

          Yay!

          Reply
  5. Raúl Díaz

    Congratulations, simplemente es un gran arreglo que invita el espíritu, lo usaré en el próximo devocinal de pascua de mi estaca.

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  6. Alaura Landoe

    Dear Sally!

    Thank you for your free downloaded sheet music. Your arrangement of I’m a Child of God will bring the spirit to many people during our multi-stake Missionary Fireside. I really appreciate your spirit.

    -Yours, a sister in Zion.

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  7. Mele Lasike

    Thank you for sharing!! This is a wonderful rendition of the ever popular “I am a child of God”. We will teach this arranged hymn in our primary in prep for our upcoming 2014 Stake Conference, the children and piano duet will be a refreshing flavour at conference. Thank you!! Thank you Sally!!

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  8. Amy Neal

    Thank you so much for this. I was very touched by this arrangement at the conference and came looking for this music to sing with my young family in church soon….they all know all the words to this one without much practice and this accompaniment makes it fresh!

    Reply

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