More Holiness Give Me, SATB and piano, PDF, audio
I was serving as the ward choir director of my young single adult ward in Texas when I arranged this hymn. We were asked to perform a special musical number at Stake Conference, which was an exciting and new experience for us! This song begins with the soft, humble pleadings, as a prayer, to develop the attributes of the Savior, growing into a majestic plea for Him to change us, making us more like Him.
For the Savior thus taught:
"Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women, all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people must be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sons and daughters; and thus they become new creatures; and unless they do this, they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God." (Mosiah 27:25-26, The Book of Mormon)
It is only through Jesus Christ that we can become worthy to again stand in the presence of our Heavenly Father: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6, The Bible)