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The Holy Ghost

The Holy Ghost  http://mormondoctrines.net/

The sick feeling in the gut
That scares you with unease
Is the loss of the Spirit
As from the room it flees
Stand in holy places
And flee from all the rest
The good that one embraces
Brings warmth into the breast

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The sound of life itself
A healthy heart beat
Donated to help
Another but asleep
To live a strong life that’s sweet

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The birth of a pearl
Is a miraculous thing
From an oyster to unfurl
A grain, a treasure to be

See the pearl shimmer 
with a soft inner glow
Unlike any other gem 
the earth holds to show

Iridescent 
With a luster of white
See it reflect and refract 
All the colors of light

See the Young Women
Inwardly aglow
Each prized in heaven
With beauty to grow

Her luster of virtue
From being washed clean
Is bright for the future
Like celestial crystalline

The birth of a pearl is truly a miraculous event. Unlike gemstones or precious metals that must be mined from the earth, pearls are grown by live oysters far below the surface of the sea. Gemstones must be cut and polished to bring out their beauty. But pearls need no such treatment to reveal their loveliness. They are born from oysters complete — with a shimmering iridescence, lustre and soft inner glow unlike any other gem on earth.

A natural pearl begins its life as a foreign object, such as a parasite or piece of shell that accidentally lodges itself in an oyster’s soft inner body where it cannot be expelled. To ease this irritant, the oyster’s body takes defensive action. The oyster begins to secrete a smooth, hard crystalline substance around the irritant in order to protect itself. This substance is called “nacre.” As long as the irritant remains within its body, the oyster will continue to secrete nacre around it, layer upon layer. Over time, the irritant will be completely encased by the silky crystalline coatings. And the result, ultimately, is the lovely and lustrous gem called a pearl.

How something so wondrous emerges from an oyster’s way of protecting itself is one of nature’s loveliest surprises. For the nacre is not just a soothing substance. It is composed of microscopic crystals of calcium carbonate, aligned perfectly with one another, so that light passing along the axis of one crystal is reflected and refracted by another to produce a rainbow of light and color.

Cultured pearls share the same properties as natural pearls. Oysters form cultured pearls in an almost identical fashion. The only difference is a person carefully implants the irritant in the oyster, rather than leaving it to chance. We then step aside and let nature create its miracle.

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A farmer laid
In the bowls of the earth
His fruits sustained
By a spiritual birth

To then spring up
For branching forth
From a strong trunk
To tower once more

And God sent down
To lodge there secure
In the branches grown
Gospel fruit made pure

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The Young Women teach
To fulfill their destiny
With divinity in each
They’ve virtue for refining

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Let the Young Men lead
As their duty to God
For potential in deed
Their opportunities broad

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Come, Follow Me


Through preparation
The path is made known
For our education
To act on love shown

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