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“We” Not “You”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 05, 2012

“We” Not “You”

Elder Heber M. Clegg, South American Mission

They say the work done in the field will reap a large reward,
Assistance rendered a needy soul is lauded by our Lord;
The missionary’s happiness in his work is very great,
And just because he does his share that joy is adequate.

But what about the Mother with her mission far away
Who reared that boy for God’s great call, inspiring him each day;
Who now prepares her younger sons that they too might fulfill
Their mission when they’re called to preach from house-top or from hill?

And what about the Father who much more than does his share,
Who works and makes a sacrifice to keep his son out there;
Who tries to spare him anything that might discomfort give,
And help him with advice and love a better life to live?

His brothers and his sisters go without many things they’ve had;
It means more patches, fewer shows; yet they are all so glad
To do their best to help the work out where their Brother is
That ne’er a hint of cares at home are spoken of as “his.”

We can’t all tract and talk and preach – there’s other things to do,
The mission is abroad and home, each knows what he should do.
Oh, Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, Sweetheart, and friends, too,
The recompense is not for one – you must say “we,” not “you.”

(1928)



1 Comment »

  1. I like that last poem. I’m to the point in my life that I would add Grandmother and Grandfather to the next to last line, though.

    Comment by Maurine Ward — January 6, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

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