Naomi W. Randall

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.

Naomi W. Randall
Photo of Randall in 1998
ca. 1998
First Counselor in the general presidency of the Primary
1970 – 1974
Called byLaVern W. Parmley
PredecessorLucile C. Reading
SuccessorSara B. Paulsen
Personal details
BornNaomi Harriet Ward
(1908-10-05)October 5, 1908
North Ogden, Utah, United States
DiedMay 17, 2001(2001-05-17) (aged 92)
La Mesa, California, United States
Cause of death"advanced age"[1]
Resting placeBen Lomond Cemetery[2]
41°18′47″N 111°57′54″W / 41.313°N 111.965°W / 41.313; -111.965 (Ben Lomond Cemetery)
Known ForWrote lyrics to "I Am a Child of God"
Spouse(s)Earl A. Randall
ParentsLorenzo and Mary Ward

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.[3] 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.

On October 13, 1998, Randall was awarded a Presidential Citation by Brigham Young University president Merrill J. Bateman for her lifelong service to the children of the LDS Church.[4]

Naomi Harriet Ward was born in North Ogden, Utah. She was married to Earl A. Randall and was the mother of one child. Naomi Randall died due to advanced age in La Mesa, California.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Obituary: Naomi W. Randall". Deseret News. 20 May 2001. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  2. ^ Ben Lomond Cemetery is also known as the "North Ogden Cemetery" - "Ben Lomond Cemetery". Find A Grave. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  3. ^ Abbey Olsen, “Beloved Song Turns 50,” Liahona, January 2007.
  4. ^ "'I Am a Child of God' Lyricist Honored", BYU Magazine, Winter 1998.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Lucile C. Reading
First Counselor in the
general presidency of the Primary

1970 — 1974
Succeeded by
Sara B. Paulsen