“I Know That My Savior Loves Me,” a children’s song written by Tami Jeppson Creamer and Bountiful resident Derena Bell, has recently been released as a children’s book by Covenant Press with art by Simon Dewey.
It will also be sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as part of the Saturday morning session of General Conference, which begins airing at 10 a.m. April 2 on KSL Channel 5.
“It’s exciting,” said Bell, who will be at a book signing with Creamer at the Salt Lake downtown Deseret Book at noon on April 2. “I’m looking forward to hearing it.”
The two women have been writing music together for decades, ever since they met in England 20 years ago.
“I gave her a poem about my mother, and she put it to music,” said Bell. “Over the years, we’ve done different things together.”
The first collaboration set the essential pattern for their working relationship, though there has been some variations over the years.
“I guess I would say that I’m the lyric part of the team and she does the music, but she does write some of the lyrics,” said Bell. For “I Know That My Savior Loves Me,” the two co-wrote the lyrics.
The song, which was also chosen as the theme for the 2010 theme for the Primary Sacrament Meeting Presentation, was written by the duo several years before to fulfill a request by Creamer’s stake Primary president.
“She wanted a song for their Primary to perform at stake conference,” said Bell.
The song, which has a chorus that says “I know He lives!/I will follow faithfully./My heart I give to Him./I know that my Savior loves me.,” took its inspiration directly from the Book of Mormon.
“We were inspired by Jesus with the children in 3 Nephi 17,” said Bell. “It’s such a wonderful chapter.”
An MP3 of the song, both with and without voices, can be heard online at lds.org/cm/display/0,17631, 7206-1,00.html. The site also includes a PDF of sheet music for the song.