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(1969)
 
Is there a God?
How could it be so?
For surely, more people would know.
As yet no one has said to me,
I know that he lives.
I just happened.
'Twas a coincidence
And when I die, well,
I simply fade out of existence.
But that's not so bad.
I've a little while.
And I'll live my life
In my own style.
'Cause, really,
I've no one to answer to.
I'm
Alone.
Oh, but I like to live.
I see beauty all around
And other things I've found.
Life is beautiful.
But...
Here today.
Gone tomorrow.
It's too bad.
Oh well...
What's this?
Who are these guys
My sister-in-law has
Introduced me to?
"Would you like to hear
The message we have
About our church?
We'd like you to."
Who, me?
Oh, I don't think I could ever
Believe in any god.
"We just want you to listen."
Well, they are kind of good looking
And it certainly can't hurt.
That one has such a beautiful smile.
I wouldn't mind listening to him awhile.
So listen I did,
To what they had to say.
They said,
"We KNOW that God lives."
And they said it just that way.
Hey, these guys are kinda weird.
First time anyone's told me
They know God lives
For a certainty.
And they seem
So sincere.
And I feel good inside
When they are here.
Wish I could
Believe.
The people at church
Are beautiful.
I like to shake their hands
And I can see
Their hearts are truly full of
Love.
Wish I could believe.
But I will
Never
Believe in any god
Made up by people
To suit their needs.
Why pretend?
But those two young men said,
"There is a way
That you can know
The truthfulness
Of what we say.
Pray.
Pray to your
Father in Heaven
That you may know
If what we say is 
True.
And by the power of
The Holy Ghost
The answer will come to you."
But how will I know?
"You will."
But how.
"You will know."
Then one night,
After fasting and
Prayer.
All of a sudden,
I knew.
I'm not alone.
I am,
Not alone.
I have a Father
And Mother
In Heaven
And a Savior in Jesus Christ.
In a world full of confusion
And despair
With one question
Always there.
WHY?
I was blessed
To find the answer
To why we're born
And why we must die.
The Truth
Has been made known to me.
And now,
Now I am
Free.
 
 
 
 
 

O my Father, thou that dwellest
In the high and glorious place,
When shall I regain thy presence
And again behold thy face?
In thy holy habitation,
Did my spirit once reside?
In my first primeval childhood
Was I nurtured near thy side?

For a wise and glorious purpose
Thou hast placed me here on earth
And withheld the recollection
Of my former friends and birth;
Yet ofttimes a secret something
Whispered, “You’re a stranger here,”
And I felt that I had wandered
From a more exalted sphere.

I had learned to call thee Father,
Thru thy Spirit from on high,
But, until the key of knowledge
Was restored, I knew not why.
In the heav’ns are parents single?
No, the thought makes reason stare!
Truth is reason; truth eternal
Tells me I’ve a mother there.

When I leave this frail existence,
When I lay this mortal by,
Father, Mother, may I meet you
In your royal courts on high?
Then, at length, when I’ve completed
All you sent me forth to do,
With your mutual approbation
Let me come and dwell with you.

Text: Eliza R. Snow, 1804–1887,  Music: James McGranahan, 1840–1907

Army of Helaman

Alma 53:20-22 (Book of Mormon)
 
20. And they were all young men, and they were exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity; but behold, this was not all—they were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted.
21. Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him.
22. And now it came to pass that Helaman did march at the head of his two thousand stripling soldiers, to the support of the people in the borders of the land on the south by the west sea.

64 B.C.

Book of Mormon

The Constitution - A Glorious Standard

MEN ARE, THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE JOY.