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The Vision

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 20, 2011

The Vision

By J.M. Pope

“May be sung to the music of Tumbling Tumbleweeds

In the shady woodland, Joseph sought the Lord,
Kneeling there so prayerfully, waiting for the Word.
Suddenly there a light appeared,
Brighter, by far, than noon-day sun –

Hear the voice of the Lord
As He delivers His word,
Sweetest that ever was heard;
Telling the boy of His wonders so heavenly.

Angels attended him then;
Bringing the Gospel again
For the salvation of men,
If they but learn and obey the commands of Him.


* I know the Gospel’s true;
* That the light has dawned anew.
I’ll keep praising the Lord;
Telling the message I’ve heard;
So that the children of men
May be informed that the Gospel has been restored.

Now we have a prophet speaking for the Lord;
If we heed his counsel, listen to his words;
Sunshine will change the shades of night,
Turn all the darkness into light –

Hear the voice of the Lord
As He delivers His word,
Sweetest that ever was heard;
Telling the Saints of his wonders so heavenly.

Angels will visit us then,
Help us to overcome sin
So that we may enter in –
to the portals of heaven and dwell with Him.

* Should be sung solo and with expression.




  1. Fantastic. maybe not one for sacrament meeting, but around a campfire it might work. Well, 60 years ago when the boys knew the tune of Tumblin tumbleweeds.

    I can hear the Sons of the Pioneers version in my head already.

    Comment by The Other Clark — September 20, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

  2. If it’s working the link will take you to a YouTube recording of the Sons of the Pioneers — I’m having a hard time getting it out of my head.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — September 20, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

  3. I actually believe I heard this very song sung in Sacrament meeting as a teenager, and thinking “What?” I’m not a big fan of pop treatments of what would better be delivered via a decent hymn. That’s also why I am not a big fan of “How Great Thou Art”, because I either associate it with Young Sneering Elvis, or Fat Cheeseburger Eating Deathbed Elvis. Warped, I know, but as a teenager, that’s what I remember, and I can’t seem to get over it.

    Comment by kevinf — September 20, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

  4. I confess that sitting here by myself at 5:30 in the morning I keep replaying the linked YouTube video and singing these lyrics off key. – I think they’d sing this in my branch. It’s got a “folksy” feel to it.

    Comment by Stan W — September 21, 2011 @ 4:28 am

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