The Iron Rod
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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