Friday, February 1, 2008

President Gordon B. Hinckley

The Story Behind The Song [January 2008]
Commissioned by the Stake President of the Roswell Georgia Stake, Ashley happily accepted an assignment to put to music the words offered by the Prophet President Gordon B. Hinckley in a special prayer to the youth on November 12, 2000. The song was to be performed for the youth at an upcoming Youth Conference. Two weeks later, Ashley performed the song, entitled "A Prophet's Prayer," on Sunday, January 20, 2008 for the Georgia, Roswell Stake Youth Conference. The song was so well received, Ashley was asked by the Stake Presidency if she would consider making a recording of it. The following Saturday, January 26, 2008 Ashley and her producer Kregg Barentine recorded the song in Mesa, Arizona.
Sadly, President Gordon B. Hinckley passed away the following evening on Sunday, January 27, 2008. To Ashley the timing felt more than coincidental. Ashley offers this song as a memorial to President Hinckley with her sincere hope that this song may bring comfort and reassurance of the deep and abiding love our dear prophet has not only for the youth of the church, but for us all.
Click here to listen: [A Prophet's Prayer]
O God, our Eternal Father, as Thy servant I bow before Thee in prayer in behalf of these young people scattered over the earth who are gathered tonight in assemblies everywhere. Please smile with favor upon them. Please listen to them as they lift their voices in prayer unto Thee. Please lead them gently by the hand in the direction they should follow.
Please help them to walk in paths of truth and righteousness and keep them from the evils of the world. Bless them that they shall be happy at times and serious at times, that they may enjoy life and drink of its fulness. Bless them that they may walk acceptably before Thee as Thy cherished sons and daughters. Each is Thy child with the capacity to do great and noble things. Keep them on the high road that leads to acheivement. Save them from the mistakes that could destroy them. If they have erred, forgive their trespasses and lead them back to ways of peace and progress. For these blessings I humbly pray with gratitude for them and invoke Thy blessings upon them with love and affection, in the name of Him who carries the burdens of our sins, even the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.
President Gordon B. Hinckley, 12 November 2000
Click on the photo below to hear the song:

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