Clara McMaster was the eleventh child in her family, and she learned to love music at an early age. She sang and accompanied others on the piano as she grew up in Brigham City, Utah. For twenty-two years she was a member of the Tabernacle Choir. Today she and her husband sing together for numerous church occasions. â€œMusic is a rich gift of God, and it is in the world to make the lives of His children happier and better.â€ Sister McMaster says.
When serving on the Primary General Board, Sister McMaster was asked to write a song for the first reverence program. She worked hard and prayed that she would be prompted to write what would be best for the children. One day as she was looking out the window and pondering her assignment, an idea came to her. She went to the piano and quickly wrote it down. The new song was â€œReverently, Quietly.â€ â€œI felt very humble,â€ she said. â€œIf you prepare and do all that you can do, then Heavenly Father will help you.â€
Sister McMaster has written other Primary favorites such as â€œMy Heavenly Father Loves Meâ€ and â€œTeach Me to Walk in the Light of His.