The Call

    “The Call,” Ensign, Oct. 1974, inside front cover

    The Call

    His life fell in between it

    Like pages slipped between a couch and wall,

    And, hidden, he was left to wonder

    At Lehi, Gideon, Alma,

    And, staring, marvel at the gift of Paul

    Who saw his congregations sifted

    In a sieve too broad to hold them

    And yet, withal,

    Spoke “Alleluia” to the gospel.

    This is what it meant to “missionary”:

    “… go forth and speak with the trump of God,

    With a voice to shake the earth,

    And cry repentance unto every people!”

    And, from in between the pages of his being,

    He could tell

    That this was what it meant

    To missionary still.