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Songwriter Janice Kapp Perry Shares the Stories Behind Her Songs

Songwriter Janice Kapp Perry is known and admired throughout The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has written over 1,000 songs, 60 albums, 9 cantatas, and several musicals. Ten of her children’s songs are published in the Church's Children’s Songbook. Among her most famous songs are “Love Is Spoken here,” “I’m trying to Be like Jesus,” “The Church of Jesus Christ,” and “I Love to See the Temple.” She also wrote “A Child’s Prayer,” which was voted number 1 by LDS Living readers in a survey to determine the 100 Greatest LDS Songs of All Time.

Perry gave the Choir some personal insight into her beloved songs during a video interview. The videos below include stories about what inspired her to write the songs, her personal testimony, and rare footage of Perry performing “A Child’s Prayer” as a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Behind the Scenes with Janice Kapp Perry: “A Child’s Prayer”


Behind the Scenes with Janice Kapp Perry: “I’m Trying to Be like Jesus”


Behind the Scenes with Janice Kapp Perry: “Love Is Spoken Here”


Behind the Scenes with Janice Kapp Perry: “What Is This Thing That Men Call Death?"


Behind the Scenes with Janice Kapp Perry: “Mother, Tell Me the Story”


Behind the Scenes with Janice Kapp Perry: “My Father’s Faith"


Behind the Scenes with Janice Kapp Perry: "My Mother's Love"


Behind the Scenes with Janice Kapp Perry: “Holding Hands around the World"