Artwork by Breana Glasson

School Of Mortality

The school of mortality has stretched my soul,
I have learned by grace to fill my role.
Some classes seemed too much to bear,
But God required and would not spare.

At times my best was to simply try,
To show my faith and not ask why.
To trust that God was shaping me,
Into the daughter I was born to be.

A class on humility soon revealed,
That we often win when we yield.
To let another go before,
Less for you can be more.

Another class made it clear,
We cannot live with lies and fear.
The hidden pain and sin must go,
If light and truth are to grow.

A class on courage brought to me,
A chance to choose valiantly.
To stand for truth and cherish light,
To ignore the crowd and choose the right.

My class on charity changed my way,
I looked outside, and bent to pray.
I sought to give with pure intent,
My love a gift, my time well spent.

I took a course on betrayal and pain,
And found God's peace did remain.
My life held heartache but not despair,
God sent relief and loving care.

My time spent reading the holy word,
I became focused on my Lord.
The world soon held no pull at all,
I learned to heed the Masters call.

A class on hope helped me see,
The joy of what through Christ could be.
I felt my worth as I reached for light,
My future became clear and bright!

Denial was a subject that helped me see,
That as I resist I am set free.
Refusing Satan brings peace and light,
As we choose God, we shine bright!

A class on trust taught me to be,
Still and calm on bended knee.
To understand you know the way,
To hearken with faith and obey.

Through study and trial I grew to be,
A very fruitful healthy tree.
My classes were time well spent,
The fruit of change was your intent.

O blessed Father and my Great King,
You have taught me well and helped me sing.
I rejoice in the truth of redemptions power,
I grow by grace and heavens shower.

I step toward my next chance to see,
The truth that you would place in me.
May I humbly seek and know,
The light of God and ever grow!

Written by Michelene Glasson

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

Flames Of Opposition

How many heroes in history walked a lonely road?
How many were cast into prison and carried a heavy load?
How many faced false accusations and knew of distain?
How many of God’s chosen ones felt a heavy strain?

Turning the pages of history we see and know,
That God allows trials, that through experience we may grow.
The greatest of all our Holy King was despised while on the earth,
Yet we know He is perfect, we see His infinite worth.

We to will face refining trials even as prophets of old,
God will let the fire burn, that he may find the purest gold.
The flames of opposition may cause each soul to groan,
But after all the pain is passed a greater joy is known.

Look with eyes of faith, and trust in your Heavenly King,
Believe that He will bring you through and heal the bitter sting.
Happy days follow the test that proves your love,
Once you’ve shown your loyalty, you can return to God above.

Written by Michelene Glasson

"Just when all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more (see Prov. 3:11–12). He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding, and compassion which polish you for your everlasting benefit. To get you from where you are to where He wants you to be requires a lot of stretching, and that generally entails discomfort and pain. When you face adversity, you can be led to ask many questions. Some serve a useful purpose; others do not. To ask, Why does this have to happen to me? Why do I have to suffer this, now? What have I done to cause this? will lead you into blind alleys. It really does no good to ask questions that reflect opposition to the will of God. Rather ask, What am I to do? What am I to learn from this experience? What am I to change? Whom am I to help? How can I remember my many blessings in times of trial? Willing sacrifice of deeply held personal desires in favor of the will of God is very hard to do. Yet, when you pray with real conviction, “Please let me know Thy will” and “May Thy will be done,” you are in the strongest position to receive the maximum help from your loving Father. This life is an experience in profound trust—trust in Jesus Christ, trust in His teachings, trust in our capacity as led by the Holy Spirit to obey those teachings for happiness now and for a purposeful, supremely happy eternal existence. To trust means to obey willingly without knowing the end from the beginning (see Prov. 3:5–7). To produce fruit, your trust in the Lord must be more powerful and enduring than your confidence in your own personal feelings and experience." Richard G. Scott

The Seed You Hold

What will you do with the seed in your hand?
Will heart become its fertile land?
Will you let it grow into a start?
Will you let the Master do his part?
Will you guard it from adversities storm?
Will you nourish it and keep it warm?
Will you cast it out like dross and go?
Will you cherish it and help it grow?
Will you begin at first, but turn away?
Will it burn and die from the heat of day?
Will the stones of pride block its chance?
Will you give it only half a glance?
What will you do with the Master’s gift?
Will you cherish Him, or choose to drift?
What will he find when he looks to see?
Will He find a fruitful healthy tree?
Will he see in you a valiant heart?
Who nourished well your tiny start?
Will you show with joy the fruit of love?
As you stand again with God above?
The proof of devotion will one day show,
By the seed you hold, so help it grow!

Written by Michelene Glasson

"And now, my brethren, I desire that ye shall plant this word in your hearts, and as it beginneth to swell even so nourish it by your faith. And behold, it will become a tree, springing up in you unto everlasting life. And then may God grant unto you that your burdens may be light, through the joy of his Son. And even all this can ye do if ye will. Amen." Alma:33:23