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More about Craig M Moore:
Music is an avocation: piano at 8, F Horn at 12, Trumpet at 16, school and church choirs and small group singing from 12. BA in Music and BBA in Finance from Boise State 1982 - make my living as bank lawyer. Held numerous church music callings, occasionally writing simple arrangements, such as adding a flute or cello part to a choir number. In 2014, began to have neurological issues affecting my hands and feet, making accompanying on piano or organ more difficult - diagnosed with MS in 2015. As my motor skills decline, I have felt to channel more of my music interests into writing religious music, starting with hymns and children's music. No promises how often I will write something, but with the new hymnal and children's songbook being announced, I plan to make multiple submissions.
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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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