Marylou C. Leavitt

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Marylou Cunningham Leavitt is the lyricist of “We Listen to a Prophet’s Voice” (#22), which was included in the 1985 Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She wrote frequently as a teenager and wanted to be a writer. She also wrote poetry, including “Deliverance” and “Granddaughter,” which was published in the Ensign in February 1982.

She was born on July 23, 1928, in Tacoma, Washington, to James V. and Amelia Zetta Ciacco Mitchell and was later adopted by her stepfather James Buchanan Cunningham. She was baptized as a young woman in 1950. She married Ralph Leavitt in 1979. She was the mother of ten children and two stepchildren.

She passed away on March 2, 2014.