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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go

For some time now, the hymn I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go has been a favorite of mine. My former companion, Elder Minam Choe, said at one point, "The two most often played songs in our apartment are If You Could Hie To Kolob and I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go." His observation was correct. As I have done with other hymns, I would like to take this hymn line by line and break it down and share my thoughts about it. The story of If You Could Hie To Kolob is another story for another time!

Possibly before you read this blog post, watch this video on LDS.org. It's one of the things which inspired me to write this post. It will bring a wonderful spirit to wherever you are as you read my post.

1. It may not be on the mountain height
Or over the stormy sea,
It may not be at the battle’s front
My Lord will have need of me.
But if, by a still, small voice he calls
To paths that I do not know,
I’ll answer, dear Lord, with my hand in thine:
I’ll go where you want me to go.


"It may not be on the mountain height
Or over the stormy sea,
It may not be at the battle’s front
My Lord will have need of me."

I am serving my mission in Utah. We are on the mountain height, and we are on the battle's front. And we many not have a stormy sea anywhere close, but the Great Salt Lake touches the border of our mission. The Lord has need of us here! There is a special work to do.

"But if, by a still, small voice he calls
To paths that I do not know,
I’ll answer, dear Lord, with my hand in thine:
I’ll go where you want me to go."

Concerning my mission, my patriarchal blessing said (and I paraphrase): "You will receive a mission call to the far ends of the earth where no one has ever heard this gospel." Getting this line as a 16 year old young man, I was pretty scared about where I would have to go on my mission.
But they sent me to Utah. And guess what? Heavenly Father did call me by the "still, small voice" to paths that I did not know, and led me to people who have never heard of the gospel. Although scared, not knowing where I was going or who I would be teaching, I answered the dear Lord with my hand in His, "I'll go where you want me to go."


To get to Utah, I had to fly near about over the whole country to get here. I traveled over mountain, and plain, and sea to get to the Salt Lake. I've said what He wanted me to say, and I've been who He wanted me to be.


2. Perhaps today there are loving words
Which Jesus would have me speak;
There may be now in the paths of sin
Some wand’rer whom I should seek.
O Savior, if thou wilt be my guide,
Tho dark and rugged the way,
My voice shall echo the message sweet:
I’ll say what you want me to say.


"Perhaps today there are loving words
I’ll say what you want me to say."

My pathway has been dark and rugged. But the Savior and my Heavenly Father were my guides. Again, I paraphrase my patriarchal blessing: "Do not fear or be concerned, because your Heavenly Father will be there to help you along the way." They did help me in times when I needed their blessings. And because of that, I am saying what He wants me to say.


3. There’s surely somewhere a lowly place
In earth’s harvest fields so wide
Where I may labor through life’s short day
For Jesus, the Crucified.
So trusting my all to thy tender care,
And knowing thou lovest me,
I’ll do thy will with a heart sincere:
I’ll be what you want me to be.


"There’s surely somewhere a lowly place
For Jesus, the Crucified."

Let's face it: I'm serving on the West Side. A few ignorant people out there would consider some of my areas "lowly." But I have gained a special and fond love for the areas and people I serve. I have felt just a small portion of the Savior's love for those I have stewardship over, but the love I have felt for them was incredible. I can never repay the Savior for anything He has done for me. I have labored for life's short 18 months so far, and I will love to do it for the next 6 months.

"So trusting my all to thy tender care,

Will you trust our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ? Do you know that They love you? If so, show that love and trust by doing the Lord's will for you: Be what He wants you to be.

I would like to invite all young men everywhere to serve full time missions if circumstances allow. If you are unable to serve a full time mission due to health or other similar reasons, serve a church service mission. The Lord has need of you! Not just any young man, but you specifically. You have many special talents and abilities the Lord has blessed you with. He expects you to use them!

Sisters and seniors, although it is not your duty to serve missions, I would ask you to sincerely ponder and ask Heavenly Father in prayer if He would have you serve. Know that not every sister or senior should serve a mission due to numerous reasons. Know that no matter where you go, your Heavenly Father loves you, and has saved you specifically for this time, and has prepared people so you can change their lives. To the sisters especially: You are special in His sight. You are one of His daughters here upon the earth who He loves and wants to be happy. If you do choose to serve a mission, you will be blessed eternally.

I know this work is real. I know the Lord is walking and working along side me here in my mission. It has been the hardest 18 months of my life so far, but I don't regret any of it. I love this work. If I could be a missionary my whole life I would be. I love the Lord (click the link).

The Lord has come to earth to do what Father asked Him to do. What did He do for us? As we read in the hymn He Sent His Son, "He sent His Son to die for us, and rise with living breath." Everything Jesus did, He did for us. If He was willing to do that for us, are you willing to go where the Lord wants you to go?

I’ll go where you want me to go, dear Lord!

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