About "I Want to be True"

After writing a poem about gaining a Celestial Degree in this earthly education (see Master of My Destiny), Dona and I talked about the differences between writing a poem and writing a song. My sweet friend sent me the words to 'I want to be true!" Oh, how I loved them.  She had only written the verse about Noah, Job and Nephi.  I wrote back and told Dona this was so good, we needed another verse for the girls. It was masterfully done. I loved the way Mary, Ruth and Esther were brought in with the same style, grace and conviction. Genius!

I am so grateful for friends who develop their talents in magnificent ways and then are willing to share them with the rest of us. They make this world a better place just by having lived. 

Thank you, Dona!  This song is one of my favorites! 

Lyrics to "I WANT TO BE TRUE"

1.  I want to be the kind of friend who is fit for me to know.  To hold my head up high everywhere I go
    and so I'll keep my promises, integrity pursue. To thine own self, be true!
    Father in Heaven, please help me I pray. Help me be honest and faithful each day.
    Help me be true in all that I do.
    I want to be true like Noah through storms and floods of life;
    True like Job through tragedy and strife.
    I want to be true like Nephi, hold to the iron rod
    Ignoring jeers from mocking crowds, always true to God.

2.  I want to be the kind of friend who is fit for me to know.  To hold my head up high everywhere I go
    and so I'll keep my promises, integrity pursue. To thine own self, be true!
    Father in Heaven, please help me I pray. Help me be honest and faithful each day.
    Help me be true in all that I do.
    I want to be true like Mary, so pure in heart and mind;
    True like Ruth and idols leave behind.
    I want to be true like Esther, a wife fit for a King
    Willing to fight or give my life, righteousness to bring.

3.  Yes! I will be the kind of friend who is fit for me to know.  I'll hold my head up high everywhere I go
    and I will keep my promises, integrity pursue. To thine own self, be true!
    Father in Heaven, please help me I pray. Help me be honest and faithful each day.
    Help me in all that I do to be true!