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What's new: 'I Want to Be a Missionary Now' inspires children with music

By Wendy Jessen

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, July 25 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

"I WANT TO BE A MISSIONARY NOW: Songs for the Future Army of Helaman," produced by Clive Romney, Shadow Mountain Records, $16.98

Amid the recent surge of missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Clive Romney has produced a new CD titled "I Want to Be a Missionary Now: Songs for the Future Army of Helaman" for the church's youngest members.

New renditions of children's favorite missionary songs fill Romney's CD, including "We'll Bring the World His Truth," "Called to Serve" and "I Hope They Call Me on a Mission." Various cultural sounds entertain in these new versions, including hints of the islands, Africa and even a marching band. The sounds from different countries display the spirit of missionary work happening all over the world.

As young women are now able to serve Mormon missions beginning at age 19, "A Mission for Me," a new original song written by Romney, is specifically for Primary-age girls.

Though a children's choir sings most of the vocals, others, such as Alex Boyé and Octapella, also contribute to the music.

Romney has created a CD that is inspiring, uplifting and upbeat. It will captivate the youngest members of the LDS Church — the "future Army of Helaman."

The music is appealing to all ages, but is most suitable for children 3-11 years old. "I Want to Be a Missionary Now" is wholesome entertainment to add to a family's musical library.

Wendy Jessen is a Southern Utah University graduate and a stay-at-home mother of six. Her email is wendyjessen26@gmail.com and she blogs at mormonmomofsix.blogspot.com.

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