“I Am a Child of God” is a Latter-day Saint hymn for all the members, but more often sung by children. The lyrics were written in 1957 by Naomi W. Randall and set to music by Mildred Tanner Pettit. The song has been translated into over 90 languages///CRIMSON TAZVINZWA///
‘Who You Say I Am’ from the new album, “There Is More” recorded live at the Hillsong Worship & Creative Conference in Sydney, Australia.
The phrase “I Am a Child of God” is also used in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) as a declaration of a basic teaching of the church.
Naomi W. Randall, lyricist///Randall composed the first three verses of “I Am a Child of God” at the request of the general board of the Primary Association, of which she was a member. The board wanted a song that could teach children about LDS Church teachings on the nature of a child’s relationship with God.
Randall mailed the lyrics to her friend Mildred T. Pettit in California, who wrote the accompanying music.
The song was first performed at a stake Primary conference in 1957. After hearing the performance, apostle Spencer W. Kimball asked the Primary general board if the phrase “Teach me all that I must know / To live with him someday” could be changed to
“Teach me all that I must do / To live with him someday”.
As Kimball later explained, “To know isn’t enough. The devils know and tremble; the devils know everything. We have to do something.”
Randall accepted the change.