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I Knew My Father Knew

“We can give our children education, lessons, athletics, the arts, and material possessions, but if we do not give them faith in Christ, we have given little….

Do your children know that you know? Do they see and feel your conviction?”

Kevin W. Pearson, “Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ”

About the Song

“We have the best dad ever!”

I think I have never heard a sweeter sound than this unprompted, unsolicited and utterly sincere exclamation from my children. Lucky me. I hear it often. The lyrics to this song took shape as I put myself in my children’s place after hearing those wonderful words of praise.

Earthly fathers have a powerful influence on the way their children feel about their Heavenly Father, and I am thankful that my children’s father exemplifies the love their Heavenly Father has for them. Naturally, he’s the first to disclaim perfection, but perfection isn’t necessary–only a loving heart and a willingness to live those convictions that lead to becoming like Christ.

Yes, the thoughts in this song apply equally to mothers (“…we do not doubt, our mothers knew it…” Alma 56:48), and if you’d like to use it in honor of motherhood, you can just sing “mother” and change the pronouns. I chose to make this song about fathers, simply because, at our house…. “we have the best dad ever.”

Church Music Submission: Relief Society division–Award of Distinction 2011

(To use the SSAA version as a treble duet (SA), omit the Soprano II and Alto II parts)

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Lyrics

I watched him with the eager eyes of childhood day by day
The way he lived said more to me than words could ever say
The simple truths he taught me
would endure my whole life through
And long before I knew them for myself
I knew my father knew

I borrowed his unfailing faith; I trusted in his love
I counted on his courage when my own was not enough
I turned to him for counsel through the perils of my youth
And even when I doubted, still I knew,
I knew my father knew

I saw his quiet witness in the tears he could not hide
As he taught me of the Savior, how He lived and how He died
I felt the Holy Spirit, as he testified of truth
As I began to understand the things I knew my father knew

I have found my father’s faith deep within my soul
A legacy I’ll treasure through eternities untold
And everything I try to be, and everything I do
I do because I learned to know and love the things
I knew my father knew

1 Comment

  1. mona

    Aloha Sally,
    I have been the music leader in primary fro the past 5 years. In that time we’ve pretty much done all the music in the children’s song book for mother’s/ father’s day. It has been my desire to expose the children to new music. It has been a great experience as the children love the new music, and have done it so well. For Easter we sang “I know that My Savior Loves me.” It was the same song the young women had chosen to sing in May, but when they found out we were singing it already in April, they asked to join in on our Easter song for Sacrement. We made it more challenging and interesting by mashing 2 songs together. The primary sang the first song, I know that my Savior loves Me. Then the Young Women sang “In Humility Our Savior” then we mashed the 2 together. It came out so nice. So I thought you would like to know that for Mother’s day we are singing”An Angel to Watch Over Me.” and for Father’s day we wil be singing “I knew my Father Knew.” The children love it, and the audience looks forward to hearing them each time we sing. Thank you for the awesome new selection of music for us to chose from. It has really made the children eager to learn new music. My primary is very small, we have a total of maybe 8 senior, and 12 junior primary kids. It is a challenge for the younger ones for sure.
    Mahalo!
    Mona from Honolulu Hawaii

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