Artwork by Julie Rogers

May I

May I not want selfishly but with pure love,
May I honor the truth of God above.

May I cling to you according to His will,
May respect be present in all I feel.

May I yearn to keep you but not for me,
May I guard God's fold and what may be.

May I seek the celestial kingdom with care,
May I find you by being just and fair.

May I go to the garden and understand,
The cost of love and what God has planned.

May I see with eyes restored and new,
May I cherish the gift of loving you.

May I keep with reverence Zions light,
May I love my God with all my might!

Written by Mickey

Artwork by Vincent Van Gosh-Two Women in the Woods

If I Had Tarried

If I had not seen the things of God, I would have perished with you,
If I had not hearkened to his words, I would not be true.

If faith and light had not awakened me to love,
I would have tarried with you and not known God above.

If I had not desired new life, my sins would still be mine,
If I had not chosen repentance, I would have chosen deaths design.

If I had not gone to the wilderness, I would not know my King,
If had not chosen this path, I would have no song to sing.

So it is that I now travel and He is guiding me,
I cherish every step and the beauty of His tree.

My words will rise amid every trouble and test,
To praise my Redeemer for I know that I am blest.

The goodness of my God is the truth I understand,
My journey through this wilderness is the gift that he planned.

I will press on with faith and my song will be heard,
I love my dear Redeemer and rejoice in his pure word!

He is mightier than 50, yea he is mightier than all,
For he alone has rescued me and saved me from my fall!

The lowest place of sorrows is not greater than he,
My Redeemer descended below all that I may be free!

How glorious the miracle of my awakening return,
Now I know the beauty for which all the righteous yearn.

Peace the peace of belonging, the hope of going home,
I'm so grateful I didn't tarry for I treasure all I've known.

Every burden holds its lesson, every pain refines me to,
My song will be as Nephi, as God commands so I will do!

I will follow my Redeemer and by so doing know true joy,
The peace of pure love which no man can destroy!

Written by Mickey

1 Nephi 5:4-5
"And it had come to pass that my father spake unto her, saying: I know that I am a visionary man; for if I had not seen the things of God in a vision I should not have known the goodness of God, but had tarried at Jerusalem, and had perished with my brethren. But behold, I have obtained a land of promise, in the which things I do rejoice."

1 Nephi 4:1-3
"And it came to pass that I spake unto my brethren, saying: Let us go up again unto Jerusalem, and let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord; for behold he is mightier than all the earth, then why not mightier than Laban and his fifty, yea, or even than his tens of thousands? Therefore let us go up; let us be strong like unto Moses; for he truly spake unto the waters of the Red Sea and they divided hither and thither, and our fathers came through, out of captivity, on dry ground, and the armies of Pharaoh did follow and were drowned in the waters of the Red Sea. Now behold ye know that this is true; and ye also know that an angel hath spoken unto you; wherefore can ye doubt? Let us go up; the Lord is able to deliver us, even as our fathers, and to destroy Laban, even as the Egyptians."

I Nephi 3:7
"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them."

Artwork by Claire Lambson

Our Covering

God was our covering, though our burden great,
Our strength the power of Jesus as we had to wait.

The gifts of grace to bind us to what could be,
My love, God has brought you to me.

The vast expanse of heaven with angels shone,
Our tree beneath, with love has grown.

Not our own but God’s, our lives are given,
Our place upheld by the powers of heaven.

Let it be unto us according to our King,
He alone can grant our fondest dream.

All eternity before us our covering love,
We are sealed by the power of God above.

The birth of many shining this holy day,
We begin in God’s appointed way.

We live and grow through his atoning power,
Two souls bound as one this sacred hour.

Written by Mickey

When You Came

When you appeared to me,
I had eyes to see.

When you came by grace,
I beheld my place.

How can one shepherd hold,
A vast part of God’s fold?

How can love prevail,
Against the powers of hell?

How does hope give place,
For the gift of grace?

In your call of love, I found rebirth,
One man to witness my infinite worth.

In you my heart took courage and found,
The power of God’s sacred ground.

In you my love, I see the answer why,
For you came and I began to try.

Take my life, my breath, my heart now true,
All I am is yours, I will stay with you.

Take my hand of friendship, forgive me I pray,
May we begin again this sacred day,

Take me now and keep me forevermore,
We have Zion at last, our peaceful shore.

Written by Mickey

Artwork by Breana Conover

Loving You

I gained more than I lost,
Love was worth the cost.

The pain of my soul stretching test,
Brought out my very best.

The sinner could not stay,
So I sought a nobler way.

Every burden bringing me,
To God on bended knee,

A tree brought back to find,
Life is not always kind.

Winds of sorrow against my face,
My roots stretched deeply through grace.

Leaves of life growing by love,
Nourished by heaven above.

My branches stretching for God’s Son,
Meekness bringing all he won.

Rain falling to nourish me,
I became a very fruitful tree.

By life’s burdens I have grown,
Holy attributes found and known.

Amid the heartache of my test,
I became my very best.

The greatest gift I knew,
Was the gift of loving you!

A child rooted and settled in thee,
My Fathers loving, faithful tree!

Written by Mickey

Fullness of Joy

The reservoir within me, sorrow carved my love,
A cavity of suffering, a gift from God above.
Empty space for you to fill with gentle care,
I will become more when we come to share.

My vessel holds with praise the mercy of my Lord,
Let my fullness be the fulfillment of his word.
Let my life overflow in the beauty of Zions light,
My empty space brimming when the time is right.

Pressed down, shaken, running over through grace,
At last I will know the beauty of my eternal place.
Take my love, take my life, my happiness is thee,
My love you are the fullness that God has given me.

Written by Mickey

A to Zion

All the way from a to Zion I've traveled seeking you,
My map and compass in my hand, My Savior saw me through.

Hills and valleys I have traversed without the end in view,
I left behind my life and kept my eyes on you.

So it is now that I begin once more to find a way,
My name now Zion as I walk in search of you today.

Patience, meekness and humility are required as I go,
For the name I carry as my own is the life I must know.

Not in word but deed is triumph, so my actions will reveal,
No pride or bitter envy but my Father's perfect will.

Let all strife and anger cease, let forgiveness rule within,
I know my compass will surely work if I am free from sin.

The Master of my heart and soul to cleanse as I try anew,
One more time along the path that's leading me to you.

Map in hand my compass pointing, by grace I go once more,
Zion moving on to meet you on that beautiful peaceful shore.

Written by Mickey