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In That Holy Place

About the Song

Appeared in the March 2002 New Era Magazine.
Lyrics to this song were read at the dedication of the Nauvoo, IL temple.


Art by Thomas Virgin. Used by permission.
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Recording featuring vocals by Katie Bastian:

Accompaniment track:


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Holy temple; hallowed walls; filled with heaven’s light
Where the Spirit teaches truth and testifies of Christ
There within that holy place our hearts are made as one
United by the power of God in pure eternal love

House of learning; house of faith; house of peace and prayer;
House of glory; house of God;
I’ll feel His presence there
I will stand with heart and hands kept clean and pure each day
Worthy of the blessings found in that holy place

Holy temple where we learn creation’s grand design
Where our souls will be endowed with power from on high
There we kneel, our hearts prepared to cov’nant with our Lord
And there His Spirit binds our lives in love forever more

(Repeat Chorus for Unison/SA)

Holy temple where we bless our loved ones gone before
Where eternal ties are sealed by sacred priesthood pow’r
There we turn our hearts to those who gave us life and birth
How beautiful that holy place where heaven dwells on earth

(Repeat Chorus)

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  1. José Vicente

    Tks for your lyrics. We are using It in conference in Engenho de Dentro Rio de Janeiro Stake.

  2. Pamela Christensen

    I want to thank you so much for your talent. I have used many of your pieces in Firesides and other church meetings. This is one of my favorites. I will be singing it at a singles fireside this Sunday the 24th of July. The topic is the Logan Temple and the history of it. I feel there isn’t another piece of music that fits this as much as this beautiful arrangement. I love that you have written pieces for lower voices your arrangements fit perfect with my mezzo voice.

    Pamela Christensen
    Logan, UT


    Sally, we are using this for our Temple Devotional and am so excited. Thanks, as always, for your music, your talent and your love to all those you inspire to do better. Love you

  4. Larissa Dunlop

    We just wanted to thank you for this beautiful song. The young women sang it in our ward today and it was so lovely.
    I feel like the girls have really internalised the message we love it!
    Thank you so much for blessing us with your talents!
    Love Chermside Ward Young Women, Australia

  5. Ronald Shiflet

    I really enjoy your music. I was particularly impressed with your song “In That Holy Place”. I heard it sung at the General Young Women’s Meeting (yes, some men listen to those broadcasts as well).

    Thanks for sharing.

    Ron Shiflet

  6. Margie Richards

    I wanted to thank this web site and especially Ms. Sally DeFord for her generous sharing of her music for our Church use. Yesterday, our Young Men and Young Women sang In That Holy Place in our Sacrament Meeting after spending Saturday morning serving in the San Antonio Temple participating in baptisms. Performing your music was a perfect ending to our spiritual exercise. To be able to have this wonderful music to help our youth learn through practicing the song before our temple visit and then performing in Sacrament Meeting was a small way to slip in an extra bit of spiritual feeding. Music is so important to help us learn and feel the Holy Spirit. Truly pure learning and teaching comes through music and the Spirit. Your talent benefitted our youth’s testimonies and our Ward Members in general.

    Thank you for your lovely songs. Thank you for your testimony and generous kindness of music sharing. Ms. DeFord, you made this “spiritual extra”
    Margie Richards
    McNeil Ward Beehive Leader, Round Rock Texas Stake
    Round Rock, Texas

  7. Timothy Morrow


    I have used a number of your pieces with my choir and they thoroughly enjoy singing them. Yesterday our morning service was broadcast live on BBC radio Ulster and the choir sang ‘In that Holy Place’. I just wanted to thank you and let you know you can listen on the BBC iPlayer at BBC radio Ulster listen again, Morning Service 28th April.

    Best Wishes & keep composing,
    Timothy Morrow (Director of Music St Vindic’s Parish Church, Tynan, Co Armagh. Northern Ireland)

    • Sally DeFord

      Listening as I type… lovely rendition! 🙂


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