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More about Craig M Moore:
Music is an avocation: piano at 8, F Horn at 12, trumpet at 16, school & church choirs and small group singing from 12. BA - Music & BBA - Finance @ Boise State 1982. My daily career is as a corporate lawyer in Spokane, WA. I have served in church music callings nearly all of my adult life. Due to MS, since about 2017, I have been writing and arranging hymns and children's music more, and accompanying or performing less. I seem to put a few works out each year, which is more than I expected when I started. Having participated in many different wards and their choirs, one of my primary objectives is to make the music interesting, but not intimidating for a typical ward or accompanist.
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The phrase "be of good cheer" is in the Bible, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants, and modern apostles have addressed the topic. After study and meditation on the topic, I felt it appropriate to focus the hymn on Matthew's and John's records of the Savior using the phrase during his mortal ministry, and how we might apply those events to our lives.  

Verse 1 is based on Matt. 14:27, when Christ walked on water and demonstrated how faith can overcome fear. Verse 2 is based on Matt. 9:2, when Jesus forgave the palsied man, and how His forgiveness is available to us as we repent. Verse 3 is based on John 16:33, shortly before Christ suffered in Gethsemane, was betrayed and then crucified. Christ's forgiveness notwithstanding the injustice He received is a powerful example of how we should forgive those who offend us. The lessons from these experiences in Christ's life can help us experience different aspects of good cheer.

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