by Sister Naomi Ward Randall
Naomi Ward Randall, was born Oct. 5, 1908,
to Lorenzo and Mary Barker Ward. She grew up on a dairy and cattle farm
in rural North Ogden, Utah. Naomi Ward Randall, died 17 May 2001; 92 years
She served for 27 years on the Primary General Board. Six of those years in the Primary general presidency and as chair of the committee that invented the CTR ring.
She wrote the loving hymn: I’m a child of God. In over 140 languages children and adults can enjoy the simple truth: we are Gods children, and he want us to come back to him.
Primary 4 Manuel:
"In 1957 the Primary General Board . asked Naomi W. Randall and Mildred T. Pettit . to write a [song about the need of children to be taught the gospel]. Naomi Randall reported: 'That evening, I got down on my knees and prayed aloud, pleading that our Heavenly Father would let me know the right words.
Around 2:00 A.M. I awakened and began to think again about the song. Words came to my mind. . I immediately got up and began to write the words down as they had come to me. Three verses and a chorus were soon formed. I gratefully surveyed the work, drank of the message of the words, and returned to my bedroom where I knelt before my Father in Heaven to say "Thank you!".
"The words of the chorus originally read, 'Teach me all that I must know / To live with him some day.' (Italics added.) A few years after the song was published, Spencer W. Kimball, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, attended a conference. where a Primary children's chorus sang the song. Naomi Randall said: 'On the trip home he talked with a Primary General Board member [and] expressed his love for the song, then stated that there was one word in the chorus that concerned him. He wondered if Sister Randall would consider changing the line that says "Teach me all that I must know" to "Teach me all that I must do." Of course I gladly accepted his suggestion.
" 'I wondered why I didn't include that thought at the time the lyrics were first written. But as time went on I came to feel very sincerely that this was the way the Lord wanted the song to evolve, because it became a teaching moment for members all over the Church and impressed upon their minds that knowing the gospel is not all that is required; it is the day-by-day doing the Lord's will and keeping the commandments that help us reach our eternal goal' " (in Karen Lynn Davidson, Our Latter-day Hymns, pp. 303-4).