♫ My Favorite Hymn ♫


This is my favorite church hymn—always has been.

“I Believe in Christ”
Hymn #134

  1. I believe in Christ; he is my King!
    With all my heart to him I’ll sing;
    I’ll raise my voice in praise and joy,
    In grand amens my tongue employ.
    I believe in Christ; he is God’s Son.
    On earth to dwell his soul did come.
    He healed the sick; the dead he raised.
    Good works were his; his name be praised.
  2. I believe in Christ; oh blessed name!
    As Mary’s Son he came to reign
    ‘Mid mortal men, his earthly kin,
    To save them from the woes of sin.
    I believe in Christ, who marked the path,
    Who did gain all his Father hath,
    Who said to men: “Come, follow me,
    That ye, my friends, with God may be.”
  3. I believe in Christ–my Lord, my God!
    My feet he plants on gospel sod.
    I’ll worship him with all my might;
    He is the source of truth and light.
    I believe in Christ; he ransoms me.
    From Satan’s grasp he sets me free,
    And I shall live with joy and love
    In his eternal courts above.
  4. I believe in Christ; he stands supreme!
    From him I’ll gain my fondest dream;
    And while I strive through grief and pain,
    His voice is heard: “Ye shall obtain.”
    I believe in Christ; so come what may,
    With him I’ll stand in that great day
    When on this earth he comes again
    To rule among the sons of men.

Text: Bruce R. McConkie, 1915-1985. (c) 1972 IRI
Music: John Longhurst, b. 1940. (c) 1985 IRI


Why is this my favorite hymn?

Throughout my life, I have struggled to accept the Gospel. As a child, I was exposed to the fullness of the Gospel and developed a basic testimony that God lives; His son, my Savior, lives; and Joseph Smith was inspired to restore the Gospel. However, as I entered adulthood, I actively chose to leave the fullness of the Gospel to see what the world could offer and teach me.

I learned the world was both fascinating and horrible. To comfort me, I needed more than the world could offer. I needed God. I needed His son, my Savior and yours. Even though I was not a church-goer, I still had the gift I had been given when I was baptized: the Holy Ghost. It testified of the truth that I still believed in Christ. I had been steadfast in that knowledge and had independently determined its truth. I was comforted by this, but I did not believe that His loving gift of the Atonement could apply to me.

Image of resurrected Christ returning to save the world. Host of heaven is behind Him.

“Parting the Veil” by Jon McNaughton

As I repented, my knowledge of the Gospel strengthened and I made additional covenants with God. After a time, I knew that Christ was my personal Savior and that I would “strive through grief and pain, …. [since] I believe in Christ; so come what may, With him I’ll stand in that great day, When on this earth he comes again, To rule among the sons of men.”

I love the Savior, Jesus Christ. He is my exemplar. He is my brother and yours. He strengthens me and He can do the same for you.

I testify of these truths, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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