Naomi W. Randall
|Naomi W. Randall|
|First Counselor in the general presidency of the Primary|
|1970 – 1974|
|Called by||LaVern W. Parmley|
|Predecessor||Lucile C. Reading|
|Successor||Sara B. Paulsen|
|Born||Naomi Harriet Ward|
October 5, 1908
North Ogden, Utah, United States
|Died||May 17, 2001 (aged 92)|
La Mesa, California, United States
|Cause of death||"advanced age"|
|Resting place||Ben Lomond Cemetery|
|Known For||Wrote lyrics to "I Am a Child of God"|
|Spouse(s)||Earl A. Randall|
|Parents||Lorenzo and Mary Ward|
Naomi Harriet Ward Randall (October 5, 1908 – May 17, 2001) was a Latter-day Saint songwriter and author and a leader in the Primary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). In 1957, Randall wrote the lyrics to "I Am a Child of God", an LDS Church hymn that was originally written as a song for children.
Randall served as a member of the general board of the Primary Association for 27 years. As a member of the board, she was asked to write a song for children that would teach them the LDS Church beliefs on the nature of a child's relationship with God. The result was "I Am a Child of God", which has been published in over 90 languages. Randall also wrote the lyrics to "When Faith Endures", which is hymn #128 in the LDS Church hymnal.
Randall was a frequent contributor to The Children's Friend and was the chair of the Primary committee that created the CTR ring. From 1970 and 1974, Randall was the first counselor to LaVern W. Parmley in the general presidency of the Primary.
- "Obituary: Naomi W. Randall". Deseret News. 20 May 2001. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- Ben Lomond Cemetery is also known as the "North Ogden Cemetery" - "Ben Lomond Cemetery". Find A Grave. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- Abbey Olsen, “Beloved Song Turns 50,” Liahona, January 2007.
- "'I Am a Child of God' Lyricist Honored", BYU Magazine, Winter 1998.