“Teach Me to Walk in the Light” Was Written by a Member of the Choir
Clara McMaster was in search for inspiration; She was given the task of writing a song that was to be presented by the Primary at the 1958 general conference. At the time she was serving on the music committee of the Primary General Board. For inspiration, she did what she had often done, which is to turn to the scriptures. On the subject of the song she said, “The scriptures are filled with this great, important message-‘walk in the light’-and I have often gone to the scriptures for guidance and direction in my assignments.” Her search for inspiration was effective, and the result was the tender song “Teach Me to Walk in the Light.”
The song is unique in the way the dialogue is presented. Verse one, is a child’s plea for help, which is answered by a parental voice in the second verse. Verse three is a prayer of thanks and gratitude. McMaster was also a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for 23 years.
In 2012, the Choir released an album titled, Teach Me to Walk in the Light and Other Children’s favorites. Choir Director Mack Wilberg and Associate Director Ryan Murphy sat down with Ruth Todd to discuss the album in detail. Click to listen to their interview and premiere of the album. Below is the music video for the title track of the album that was created to show what it means to truly walk in the light.