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“I Am a Mormon Boy” ( … “Girl”)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 10, 2013

The old Evans Stephens song “A Mormon Boy” was brought to the attention of a new generation when Ezra Taft Benson sang it during General Conference in 1989. Words, sheet music, and links to Pres. Benson’s voice and a generic recording of the tune appear below.

In 1956, though, a 7-year-old Mormon girl, Lilika Honahni, a Hopi Indian living with the Blomfield family of Gallup, New Mexico (I think as participants in the Indian Placement Program), didn’t think it was quite fair that the boys had a song and the girls did not. She asked her foster mother to “make me a song for a Mormon girl.” Lucy G. Blomfield came up with these alternate words. Lilika sang the song in public several times in the months that followed, for stake conferences and at the dedications of two chapels on the reservation.

A Mormon Girl

I’m glad I am a Mormon girl,
With parents kind and true;
Who teach me how to serve the Lord
In all I say and do.
I learn to say a little prayer,
I sing a little song,
The Word of Wisdom I observe
So I’ll grow tall and strong.

A Mormon girl, a Mormon girl,
A little L.D.S.
My Heavenly Father is so kind,
His little child to bless.

And when I am a naughty girl
I’m glad I can repent.
I’m thankful for my Savior, too,
Who for my sins was sent.
I’ll try each day to do some good
And never tell a lie.
I want to go and live with God
And Jesus when I die.

A Mormon girl, a Mormon girl,
A little L.D.S.
My Heavenly Father is so kind,
His little child to bless.

-oooOooo-

Original words by Evan Stephens:

A Mormon Boy

Kind friends, as here I stand to sing,
So very queer I feel,
That now I’ve made my bow, I fear
I don’t look quite genteel;
But, never mind, for I’m a boy
That’s always full of joy—
A rough and ready sort of chap—
An honest Mormon boy.

A Mormon boy, a Mormon boy,
I am a Mormon boy;
I might be envied by a king,
For I am a Mormon boy.

I’m proud to know that I was born
Among these mountains high,
Where I’ve been taught to love the truth,
And scorn to tell a lie;
Yet I’ll confess that I am wild,
And often do annoy,
My dearest friends, but that’s a fault
Of many a Mormon boy.

A Mormon boy, a Mormon boy,
I am a Mormon boy;
I might be envied by a king,
For I am a Mormon boy.

My father is a Mormon true,
And when I am a man,
I want to be like him, and do
Just all the good I can.
My faults I’ll try to overcome,
And while I life enjoy,
With pride I’ll lift my head, and say,
I am a Mormon boy.

A Mormon boy, a Mormon boy,
I am a Mormon boy;
I might be envied by a king,
For I am a Mormon boy.

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Links away from Keepa – please come back to comment!

midi recording at Hymn Wiki

YouTube recording of President Benson in 1989 General Conference (his voice, but not his image)



4 Comments »

  1. “A little L.D.S.”

    Cute descriptor. (That must make me “an old L.D.S.”)

    By the way, I think that you’ve made a small typo error in the lyrics above. After listening to the clip of President Benson singing the piece, it appears that that it should be “a Marmon boy, a Marmon boy, I am a Marmon boy.” [wink]

    Comment by David Y. — September 10, 2013 @ 9:25 am

  2. I remember being very young and my mom wanting me to sing “Mormon Boy” in church. Blessedly, we never got around to it.

    And way to go, Lilika, for going after a girl’s version!

    Comment by Grant — September 10, 2013 @ 10:28 am

  3. I always associated this hymn with David B. Haight.

    Comment by The Other Clark — September 11, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

  4. An updated version of the lyrics is available at lds.org:

    http://www.lds.org/music/text/other/i-am-a-mormon-boy?lang=eng

    Comment by F.M. — September 12, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

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