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Show Faith in Every Footstep

The song, "Show Faith in Every Footstep" is about my paternal grandfather, who was introduced to and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sweden in the late 1800s. It expresses the faith he had and the courage he displayed in continuing to walk forward despite the terrible consequences of following his conscience and what he knew to be true.
Vocal Range: g - b1
Key Of: C/Cm/C
Sheet Music Price $2.00

Lyrics
Show Faith in Every Footstep

His future looked bright. Axel seemed to have it all:
A good job; a pretty wife; a baby, come next fall.
Life for him was rosy. He could not ask for more
'Til the day the Elders knocked upon his door.
Axel learned about the Gospel; could not deny its truth;
Rejoiced that their new baby could be taught while in its youth;
But alliance with the Mormons meant to give up this good life that he knew,
So he asked his wife, "Whatever shall we do?"

She answered, "We must show faith in every footstep,
Courage with every breath;
Be humble in each new trial;
Be faithful unto death;
Have wisdom and compassion in every choice we make;
Show faith in every footstep that we take."

He lost his job because his new faith he would not shun.
His boss made quite sure he could not get another one.
Fighting for survival, his apprehension grew
For the two of them were weak for want of food.
Axel's child was born one evening, so small and sweet and pure.
She cried with hunger, but her mother had no milk for her.
Axel's wife and baby starved to death, and for their murders, Axel was accused.
He could go to jail or change his Mormon views.

He whispered, "I must show faith in every footstep;
Courage with every breath;
Be humble in each new trial;
Be faithful unto death;
Have wisdom and compassion in every choice I make;
Show faith in every footstep that I take."

He stayed in prison 'til the missionaries came
And told the judge they'd take him to a country far away.
The judge made him promise that he never would return
To the land of his family, the land of his birth.

His future looked bright as they led him to the ship,
And when he stood on the deck, a smile crossed his lips.
Zion now awaited. A new life was ahead.
He was eager to see where this journey led.
Axel demonstrated courage. His faith can't be denied.
Though he is gone, his wisdom gained could help us in our lives.
In this stormy modern world today, I wonder what he'd tell us to do
In an effort to help us to be true.

He might say, "You must show faith in every footstep;
Courage with every breath;
Be humble in each new trial;
Be faithful unto death;
Have wisdom and compassion in every choice you make;
Show faith in every footstep that you take.
Show faith in every footstep that you take."

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