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The Iron Rod

Boldly

1. To Nephi, seer of olden time,

A vision came from God,

Wherein the holy word sublime

Was shown an iron rod.

[Chorus]

Hold to the rod, the iron rod;

’Tis strong, and bright, and true.

The iron rod is the word of God;

’Twill safely guide us through.

2. While on our journey here below,

Beneath temptation’s pow’r,

Through mists of darkness we must go,

In peril ev’ry hour.

[Chorus]

Hold to the rod, the iron rod;

’Tis strong, and bright, and true.

The iron rod is the word of God;

’Twill safely guide us through.

3. And when temptation’s pow’r is nigh,

Our pathway clouded o’er,

Upon the rod we can rely,

And heaven’s aid implore.

[Chorus]

Hold to the rod, the iron rod;

’Tis strong, and bright, and true.

The iron rod is the word of God;

’Twill safely guide us through.

4. And, hand o’er hand, the rod along,

Through each succeeding day,

With earnest prayer and hopeful song,

We’ll still pursue our way.

[Chorus]

Hold to the rod, the iron rod;

’Tis strong, and bright, and true.

The iron rod is the word of God;

’Twill safely guide us through.

5. Afar we see the golden rest

To which the rod will guide,

Where, with the angels bright and blest,

Forever we’ll abide.

[Chorus]

Hold to the rod, the iron rod;

’Tis strong, and bright, and true.

The iron rod is the word of God;

’Twill safely guide us through.

Text: Joseph L. Townsend, 1849–1942

Music: William Clayson, 1840–1887

1 Nephi 15:23–25

1 Nephi 8

1 Nephi 12:17