49. The Teacher
I have walked the path that you now tread,
I have learned its traps and snares.
And I know you live in silent dread,
Of the trials that face you there.
You are lonely. Fearful of your days,
You now rush into the night,
Without a guide to show the way,
Without a friendly light.
I cannot heal you if you fall,
That is the Savior’s grace,
But if you’ll hear, I’ll teach you all
That I have learned to face.
For there was once before me, too,
A teacher with His heart.
Who gave me what I offer you,
Who taught with Jesus’ art.
It may be that I seem too young,
Too foolish, or too weak.
To tell you what you need to know,
And show you what you seek.
But I have lived a little more,
This trying test called life,
And I ask that you not ignore,
A friend to share it’s strife.
For there is so much pain today,
Such heartache, and such grief.
That we should never turn away,
Those who would give relief.
Please heed my words, please feel my love,
And learn what I would speak.
That with His love, we rise above,
This world that makes us weak.
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“Teaching, No Greater Call” Elder Melvin K. Ballard, April 1983 Ensign.
“I believe there is no greater call in the Church than to be an effective teacher. Effective teaching by the Spirit can stir the souls of men with a desire to live the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ more completely."