Michael F. Moody
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Michael Finlinson Moody (born 1941) is a composer of hymns and children's songs. He was the chairman of the General Music Committee of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1977 to 2005.
Moody was born in Payson, Utah, and grew up in Spanish Fork, Utah. As a young man he served as a Mormon missionary in the French East Mission. Moody's wife, Maria Ann Toronto, is the great-granddaughter of Joseph Toronto.
Moody received a doctorate in church music from the University of Southern California.
Moody served as the executive secretary of the General Church Music Committee under coordinator Robert M. Cundick. This was a subdivision of the Church Music Department under the direction of O. Leslie Stone. Moody became the chairman of the General Church Music Committee in 1977. He served as chairman of the Hymnbook Executive Committee for the church’s current hymnal, published in 1985. At the time of his retirement, the church had hymnbooks of varying sizes published in 98 languages.
Moody has written the music to a number of songs. A number of his compositions came through a tradition of sending out Christmas songs in lieu of Christmas cards because he was "a frugal zealot". Moody frequently relied on Mabel Jones Gabbott and Penny Moody Allen for lyrics. Some of Moody's songs are included in the 1985 hymnal and Children's Songbook, while other songs have been published in various outlets and recorded by many artists, including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
LDS Church service
Moody served as president of the church's Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission from 2000 to 2003.
He filled a volunteer service assignment, with his wife, in Jerusalem as organist at the Brigham Young University Center for Near Eastern Studies from 2005 to 2007.
List of compositions and arrangements
A complete list of Moody's compositions (including free sheet music and audio downloads) can be found at moodymusic.org.
- A Child’s Prayer Written under the pseudonym John Wyatt
- A Christmas Hymn
- Away in a Manger
- The Babe of Bethlehem
- Bless This Land
- Come Home
- Easter Day Written under the pseudonym George Finlinson
- Gentle Jesus
- Have a Very Happy Birthday
- Have a Very Merry Christmas!
- He Sent His Son
- I Am My Heavenly Father's Child Written under the pseudonym Edward Trimble
- I Heard the Prophet Speak
- Let It Come Quietly
- Love Enough
- Lullaby for Jesus
- My Father Taught Me
- One in a Million
- Our Christmas Story Tree
- Sleep, Little Jesus
- Teacher, Do You Love Me?
- There Was Starlight on the Hillside, also published as Christmas Song
- This Is Christmas
- This Is the Christ
- To Bethlehem also published as Come To Bethlehem
- Today I Must Prepare
- We Thank Thee
- When Love Came Down
- Who Is the Child?
- Lubeck, Kathleen. "The New Hymnbook: The Saints are Singing!", Ensign, September 1985.
- Ensign, August 1994.[full citation needed]
- Ensign, September 1999.[full citation needed]
- Church News, 2001-01-29, p. z07.[full citation needed]
- "New Department Oversee Church Music Activities", Ensign, February 1973, p. 77.
- Lloyd, R. Scott. "Noteworthy Change on Music Staff", Church News, 2000-07-15.
- Lloyd, R. Scott. "Hymnal Turns 20", Church News, 2005-09-24.
- as quoted by Carma Wadley in the Deseret Morning News Dec 3, 2004
- Carma Wadley in the Deseret Morning News Dec 3, 2004
- "New stake presidencies", Church News, December 8, 1990.
- La Mission d'Haïti Port-au-Prince: Présidents.
- "New temple presidents", Church News, May 30, 2009.
- blog mentioning subjects meeting Moody in Gabon
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