A Season to Be Strong by Jerald Simon (Intermediate Level – PDF, MP3s, and Video Lesson) – Studio License


A Season to Be Strong by Jerald Simon was inspired to help the youth remember who they are. The single features Josh Simon, Jerald’s twin brother, singing a duet with Jerald.



With the purchase of this studio license of “A Season to Be Strong”, you will receive the PDF music as well as the MP3 download of the single

Watch the music video of Jerald and his twin brother, Josh (singing lead vocals), performing “A Season to Be Strong”.

Here is a little more of an explanation of “A Season to Be Strong”:

A Season to Be Strong was originally written/composed by Jerald Simon as a 17 year old young man in the summer of 1998. Jerald was then entering his senior year of high school and was asked to compose a theme song for the high school students attending Seminary (a church sponsored curriculum for high school students to study the scriptures and learn about prophets, morals, and becoming more Christ-like). The theme for the students that year was “A Season to Be Strong”. The following is a quote by Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

“Now, my brethren and sisters, the time has come for us to stand a little taller, to lift our eyes and stretch our minds to a greater comprehension and understanding of the grand millennial mission of this The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a season to be strong. It is a time to move forward without hesitation, knowing well the meaning, the breadth, and the importance of our mission. It is a time to do what is right regardless of the consequences that might follow. It is a time to be found keeping the commandments. It is a season to reach out with kindness and love to those in distress and to those who are wandering in darkness and pain. It is a time to be considerate and good, decent and courteous toward one another in all of our relationships. In other words, to become more Christlike” (“This Is the Work of the Master,” Ensign, May 1995, 71).

With that quote as the resource for Jerald’s inspiration, he sat down to the piano to begin composing something. Here is what Jerald has said in his own words about the experience:

“I composed ‘A Season to Be Strong’ in the summer of 1998. At the time I was on the Weber High School Seminary Council. We had met during the summer to plan our year of 1998-1999. We talked about themes and planned various activities. Our theme for the year was: “A Season to Be Strong.” It was taken from a talk given by the president of the Church at the time, Gordon B. Hinkley. I was designated as the one who would compose the theme song for the seminary students.

After studying the quote by President Hinckley about ‘standing a little taller’, and ‘stretching our minds to a greater comprehension’, I knew I needed to compose a song focusing on becoming more Christ-like. Since our theme for the year was ‘A Season to Be Strong’, I decided to make that the title as well. I remember sitting at the piano with a blank sheet of paper with only the title written at the top. To begin, I offered a silent prayer, asking for heavenly help to create what God wanted me to compose. What happened next, for me, was a personal manifestation that God inspires us, and we are all instruments in His hands. I have composed many songs in my lifetime, but no song ever came to me so quickly – both musically and lyrically. I personally believe as a composer that when we are on the Lord’s errand, we compose with Heaven’s help. It was as though the music and lyrics were being played into my mind and heart by angels, and I desperately tried to capture every word and note as quickly as I could so I would not miss the music or lose the lyrics. Within 15 – 20 minutes I had the entire song and all of the words finished. It was a sacred and deeply sanctifying experience. I have had similar spiritual musical experiences before and since, but not to this magnitude. That morning at the piano, time stood still and the world was in perfect harmony.”

Additional information


Intermediate Level

Page Count

9 Pages


3 MP3s

Here is what each of the three MP3s contain (fully orchestrated with drums, guitars, keyboard synths, etc.):

(1) The Cool Song at performance speed with Jerald playing the piece so students can hear how it should sound
(2) The Cool Song at performance speed without the piano so students can perform the piece, and
(3) The Cool Song at practice speed where the music has been cut in half of the original speed.


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