If I Listen with My Heart

Words and music by Sally DeFord


This year in Primary, children will learn “If I Listen with My Heart.” These ideas and pictures can help children learn this song.

Wouldn’t it have been wonderful to actually hear the Savior’s words as He spoke them? We can still hear His voice today. The scriptures tell us how: “Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart” (D&C 8:2; emphasis added).

Jesus will tell us in our minds and in our hearts! To better understand His words, you can listen with your heart. See if you can discover in the song three ways we can hear the Savior’s voice.

If I had been a little child when Jesus lived on earth,
I would have liked to walk with Him and listen to His words,
But as I search the scriptures I can hear His words of peace,
And if I listen with my heart I hear the Savior’s voice.
I hear a living prophet speak the things that Christ would say
If He were here upon the earth to talk with me today.
The prophet teaches how to live in righteousness and peace,
And if I listen with my heart I hear the Savior’s voice.
I feel the Holy Spirit as He teaches truth and right.
He comforts me in times of need; He testifies of Christ.
He speaks to me in quiet ways that fill my soul with peace,
And if I listen with my heart I hear the Savior’s voice.

If I Listen with My Heart

Quietly 88–108
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If I had been a little child when Jesus lived on earth,
I would have liked to walk with Him and listen to His words,
But as I search the scriptures I can hear His words of peace,
And if I listen with my heart I hear the Savior’s voice.
I hear a living prophet speak the things that Christ would say
If He were here upon the earth to talk with me today.
The prophet teaches how to live in righteousness and peace,
And if I listen with my heart I hear the Savior’s voice.
I feel the Holy Spirit as He teaches truth and right.
He comforts me in times of need; He testifies of Christ.
He speaks to me in quiet ways that fill my soul with peace,
And if I listen with my heart I hear the Savior’s voice.

Copyright © 2007 by Sally DeFord. All rights reserved. This song may be copied for incidental, noncommercial church or home use. This notice must be included on each copy made.

But as I search the scriptures I can hear His words of peace.

I hear a living prophet speak the things that Christ would say.

I feel the Holy Spirit as He teaches truth and right.

President Thomas S. Monson © IRI; scriptures © 2005 IRI; photograph of boy by Matt Reier, © 2005 IRI