Thursday, June 19, 2014

Carry On

A friend of mine asked if I could do "Carry On" for this blog, so here we go! I've added the Goddess and made the language gender-inclusive. For the line "A palace..." in the second verse to fit the notes, you can't hold "-lace" over 2 note changes. Move on to the next syllables. Or more accurately, "Carry on!"

Firm as the mountains around us,
Stalwart and brave we stand
On the rock our parents planted
For us in this goodly land--
The rock of honor and virtue,
Of faith in the Goddess, God.
They raised their banner triumphant--
Over the desert sod.

And we hear the desert singing:
Carry on, carry on, carry on!
Hills and vales and mountains ringing:
Carry on, carry on, carry on!
Holding aloft our colors,
We march in the glorious dawn.
O youth of the noble birthright,
Carry on, carry on, carry on!

2. We'll build on the rock they planted
A palace to Queen and King.
Into its shining corridors,
Our songs of praise we'll bring,
For the heritage they left us,
Not of gold or of worldly wealth,
But a blessing everlasting
Of love and joy and health.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

We sang this on Sunday because it's the classic Easter hymn. This doesn't have any references to Heavenly Father, but I wanted to make the language gender-inclusive, which is just changine "sons of men" to "all of us".

Christ the Lord is ris'n today, Alleluia!
All of us and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav'ns, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the vict'ry won, Alleluia!
Jesus' agony is o'er, Alleluia!
Darkness veils the earth no more, Alleluia!

 Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Happy Belated Easter! I know this is late, but it's never a bad time to celebrate the resurrection, right?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Heavenly Mother Lesson and Interview

Hi all!

I ran into a couple of links today and wanted to share.

First is a podcast of a lesson plan based off the "Come Follow Me" lessons for youth. Come Follow Me - Mother in Heaven

The next link is a link from the Exponent. It's an interview with Melody Newey who writes poetry. Heavenly Mother In The Life And Poetry Of Melody Newey: A Dialogue (Part 1 Of 3)


Tuesday, December 24, 2013


It's been a while since I've posted here, and this isn't related to Heavenly Mother at all, but it is related to being gender inclusive in our hymns.

We've sung Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! a few times this Christmas season and I thought I'd change the lyrics so that women no more may die as well.

1. Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!
Joyful, all ye nations, rise;
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th'angelic host proclaim
Christ is born in Bethlehem!

Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!

2. Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Ris'n with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that we no more may die;
Born to raise the souls of earth,
Born to give them second birth.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


I know it's been a while since I've posted here, but I have a few links that I thought I'd share.

First, over at the Exponent, Rachel shares things she learned while as a research assistant doing research for what eventually became A Mother There. It's a good one, not to miss!

On Feminist Mormon Housewives Podcast, I just finished listening to their "book club" review of Carol Lynn Pearson's Mother Wove the Morning. I thought that would be interesting to share.

 Also, Feminist Mormon Housewives has been doing a series about Connecting to Heavenly Mother. Here's the search, which I think links to most of the posts.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Mother There

My friend, Jerilyn, made a video of all the references to Heavenly Mother and Heavenly Parents in General Conference. Enjoy! Also... the "Heavenly F.. Parents" still get me. Love it!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Heavenly Mother Poetry and Art Contest

Martin Pulido, who coauthored the BYU Studies article, A Mother There, is hosting, along with other groups such as the Exponent, a contest.

From the contest announcement:

ABOUT: This contest celebrates the wondrous truth that we have “a mother there” in heaven overseeing our spiritual development. But while in heaven, our Heavenly Mother is present to us now. As Elder Jeffrey R. Holland observed, our “heavenly parents are reaching across... streams and mountains and deserts, anxious to hold [us] close.” This art contest aims to express the nearness of our Heavenly Mother. We welcome visual and literary arts submissions that communicate this theme, as well as other submissions that focus on Heavenly Mother.

ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to all artists and poets. All works must be original and appropriate for public display. Each person is limited to 5 submissions. Each contestant can only win 1 award in each category. There is no entry fee.

PREPARING YOUR ENTRY: Entries should be e-mailed to Art entries should be sent in a high resolution (300 dpi) JPG format, but file sizes should not exceed 15 MB. Only 2-dimensional arts submissions will be accepted. Poetry entries should be in English, not exceed 800 words, and be sent in a PDF (preferred), DOCX, DOC, or RTF format. Names or other identifying information must not be on the poems. Please include inside your e-mail your name, address, phone number, the name of your entry, and a short description of your work (150 words max).

JUDGING: An initial round of judging will be conducted by a panel. After that, the art prize winners will be chosen by Herman Du Toit and poetry prize winners will be selected by
Susan Elizabeth Howe.

There will be cash prices of up to $500 for first place. Deadline is March 4, 2014.

The contest is generously being sponsored by Exponent II, Peculiar Pages (publisher of literary anthologies like Fire in the Pasture and Monsters & Mormons) and LDS WAVE. However, to fully fund the prizes and pay judges, the contest is still looking for donations. Visit to contribute or to find out more information.

Check it out!