Because yesterday was PIONEER DAY, I was sure we’d sing one of my favorite hymns. But it didn’t happen (even though Sacrament meeting was WONDERFUL). I used to sing this hymn – or just read the words – quite often when I was serving as a missionary. It seemed like the words were for ALL of us, not just for those from many years ago whom we call “The Pioneers.” I’m convinced each of us has a chance (or we’ve had a chance) to be “first” – to go ahead and prepare a way for others. And the words of this particular hymn are so beautiful … I feel sad that we (usually) only sing it once a year. So I especially missed the chance yesterday and decided to share it today.
THEY THE BUILDERS OF THE NATION – HYMN # 36
(As you read the words, think of how much they apply to us in the invitation we’ve been given to be examples, to be missionaries, to be Good Samaritans . . . to be PIONEERS…)
They the builders of the nation, Blazing trails along the way;
Stepping stones for generations Were their deeds of ev’ry day.
Building new and firm foundations, Pushing on the wild frontier,
Forging onward, ever onward, Blessed, honored Pioneer!
Service ever was their watch cry; Love became their guiding star;
Courage, their unfailing beacon, Radiating near and far.
Ev’ry day some burden lifted, Ev’ry day some heart to cheer,
Ev’ry day some hope the brighter, Blessed, honored Pioneer!
As an ensign to the nation, They unfurled the flag of truth,.
Pillar, guide, and inspiration To the hosts of waiting youth.
Honor, praise, and veneration To the founder we revere!
List our song of adoration, Blessed, honored Pioneer!