I’ve written a song about the restoration.

Ideally, it would have been out before the first of the year. But I don’t write to a schedule. I just write when I get the inspiration. And to be honest, I haven’t had a lot of that lately. ;) 

I had the idea for this song in mid December. I set out to write something that isn't just about the first vision, but the impact of the first vision, and the impact of the restoration. What do we know and what do we have because of it? How are our lives different because of it?

As I've written, I've felt an extra responsibility to make it right, and so I didn't want to rush it. Last year, I wrote, recoded and filmed three songs between Thanksgiving and the New Year. But this year is different. And this song is different.  

Anyway, here’s the good news: We’re recording and filming on Saturday, January 16th. After that, we’ll need time to edit the video, so the song won’t really be out there until close to the end of January. 

If you’re worried about the timing with Come Follow Me, you could always teach this song in March, when the first lesson is “The Church of Jesus Christ has been restored.” 

And now, I’m going to ask for your prayers. I’m doing something I’ve never done with a music video before, and I’m a little nervous about it. But if it goes well, it’s going to be awesome. 

Just one more thing. There are a lot of songs right now about struggle and suffering. This is a song about joy and hope. That's not to say that I don't realize that people are hurting. But, as I have gone through the process of writing this song, I've come to the conclusion that there are still a lot of things worth celebrating. And this is one of them.  

Because of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we know SO MUCH MORE than we would know otherwise. 

Because of the restoration, we can feel peace and joy, despite the impact on our lives of Covid, political unrest, or any other challenges that 2020 brought. Because of the restoration, we know what I believe to be two of the most hopeful doctrines in earth and heaven: 1) Families can be sealed for eternity, and 2) Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all that is unfair about life can be made right. 

I’m grateful to know those truths, and I’m holding onto them more tightly than ever. 

Comment below if you have any questions. I can’t reply in the thread (which is maddening), but I’ll get back to you on email. 

Finally, if you're not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you may be a bit confused by this post. You’re here because you’ve heard or sung my faith-based songs before and you’re curious about this song. I usually write songs that are meant for a broad Christian audience, but sometimes I write songs that are more specific to the Church I belong to. And this is one of those songs. That said, the message of this song is for everyone. If you have questions or comments, you can email me directly at Shawna(at)shawnaedwardsmusic(dot)com. I’d be happy to chat with you about anything.

Shawna Edwards


Shawna Edwards

Hi Shawna. LOVE the message of this song! I’ve been asked to accompany a friend who’s singing it in sacrament meeting. Wondering if you have a simplified version of the piano accompaniment.
Thank you. And Thank You for your music.

Shawna Edwards

This new song is so filled with hope and joy and truth that I’ve hardly been able to stop listening to it. Thank you for hearing Him and sharing this witness.

Shawna Edwards

We would love to order a piano and solo version of “Restored” as soon as it is available. Please let me know when that will be.
Thank You!

Shawna Edwards

Can’t wait for the new song!!!!!!!!!!

Shawna Edwards

Shawna, As a songwriter myself, I was tempted to be jealous of your work (my “Jesus Walked Upon the Water” came out about the same time as your “The Miracle” on a similar theme) but as Primary Singing Time leader, I am so grateful for your beautiful work. Your music and your words are so inspired and so inspiring, and we love singing your songs. So looking forward to this new one, which I know will become the theme song for our still-virtual Singing Times (I’ve recorded 41 virtual episodes since last March and still at it). My thanks and prayers for your continued success!

Shawna Edwards

I am praying for your inspiration and all things Heavenly to flow to you during this time! I am grateful for you and your willingness to share with us and our children your talent and hard work! God bless you!

Shawna Edwards

I’m so excited to hear what I know will be a beautiful song with a beautiful message! I think joy and happiness are something we need more of. I’ve felt through this year what hope and joy the Savior and His gospel give in trying times. Thank you for your willingness to share your beautiful music💕

Shawna Edwards

I am so glad you are writing a song about celebration. The Gospel is our light in dark times. I think that is what President Nelson has been asking us to do all year – focus on the happiness of the Gospel and our lives. There are blessings from Heavenly Father all of the time. Sometimes it just takes more from us to focus on them and tune out the rest.

I am so excited! Our children loved The Tree Of Life and Liken The Scriptures last year. I’m not at all worried about the song coming out because I’m saving the official “teaching” of some of the songs until we are in person. I’ll share the music video and we will put the words into some crosswords etc so that they are starting to become familiar with the song, but we are doing our “intro to the D&C” week the 3rd week we are back in person – whenever that may be.
Thanks again for sharing your inspiration!

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