1. I believe in Church; Church is my King!
    With all my heart to Church I’ll sing.
    I’ll raise my voice in praise and joy,
    In grand amens my tongue employ.
    I believe in Church; It’s like God’s Son.
    On earth to reign His Church did come.
    Church heals the sick; Its men are raised.
    The Church’s work and name be praised.
  2. I believe in Church; oh blessed name!
    Like Mary’s Son, Church came to reign
    ‘Mid mortal men, all earthly kin,
    To save them from the woes of sin.
    I believe in Church, Its covenant path;
    Church will gain all the Father hath.
    Church says to men: Come, follow me,
    With Oaks and Nelson, ye may be.
  3. I believe in Church—my Lord, my God!
    My feet Church plants on gospel sod.
    I’ll worship Church with all my might;
    Church is the source of truth and light.
    I believe in Church; Church ransoms me.
    From Satan’s grasp Church sets me free,
    And I shall live, serve those above,
    And ne’er be called to courts of love.
  4. I believe in Church; Church stands supreme!
    From Church I’ll gain my fondest dream;
    And once I’ve cleaned through grief and pain,
    A recommend I shall obtain.
    I believe in Church; so come what may,
    In Church I’ll stand on that great day
    When our dear Savior comes again
    To rule among His Church of men.

Poet’s Notes

The above is an inspired translation of Bruce R. McConkie’s lyrics for hymn number 134 from the Church’s green hymnal. Persons disagreeing with my use of the term “inspired translation” are hereby reminded that it all depends on what you mean by the words “inspired translation.” Suffice it to say, for this agnostic it felt good to awaken early this morning and receive a very clear impression while still in bed.

If you would like to try singing along, you may do so by using the Church’s interactive media player.

Now for a quote from one of the Church’s especial witnesses:

“It’s simply not possible to completely follow the Savior without following his Church. You cannot come to Christ without coming to his Church, and you cannot come to his Church without accepting his prophets. When the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve speak in unity, they speak on behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Elder Kevin S. Hamilton, General Authority Seventy of the Church, speaking at BYU, January 24, 2023

Publicly and sincerely, I thank Elder Hamilton for saying nothing new—nothing I did not hear many times over the years in Primary, Sunday School, family home evening, ward and stake firesides, the MTC, zone conference, and LDS Institute. I thank him for saying it much more clearly than it’s sometimes said in General Conference these days. But, I also marvel that he has managed to say it in a way which sounds so… Rameumptomesque?

Finally, the featured image is a screenshot from BYU Universe’s YouTube channel. I recommend watching the video as part of The Daily Universe’s coverage. Reactions to this post are welcome in the comment section below.