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On a cold night, many years ago
In a train set to depart
There was a tap at my window
I peered out with a start

There stood an orphan boy with a cup
He wore a rag tied about his face
I saw his hunger as he looked up
I’d some change, to a door I raced

Then I felt the jarring motion
Helpless…I could do no more
Save jump from the locomotion
He in the distance, my heart tore

I will never forget that little boy
Left destitute in the cold
Starving, freezing with naught a toy
Just a beggar’s cup to hold

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them
President Boyd K. Packer
May 2012, Ensign, 6

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In the Andes of Peru, in a city high
I sat in a room open to the street
Soon to take the sacrament, when I
Saw a boy walk quietly, with bare feet

His eyes were on the tray of broken bread
A woman shooed him out the door
As an orphan, he longed to be fed
He inched again, eyes to the floor

I motioned for him to come to me
And he darted for the aisle
His ragged shirt came to his knees
I held him on my lap for a while

The sacrament came, he was reverent
Then I gave him the speaker’s chair
Could he know what all this meant?
Or sense of the Savior’s care?

At the closing, the boy ran out
Still hungry, into the night
To make shelter, I have no doubt
And search for food at day’s light

Days later, I told the prophet
Of this little boy I had held
He said, “You held a nation on your lap.”
And upon his words oft I have dwelled

I have looked for that boy in the faces
Of varied people ever since
As I travel to many places
And share of God’s existence

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them
President  Packer
May 2012 Ensign, 6

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As an inheritance of the Lord
Each child is as a nation
Awaiting to be trained and adored
By both parents in station

That little child on the street
 With scabies, rags, and all
Ought not to have naked feet
And ought to be trained up tall

My prayer to the Lord
Concerns the family
That His work will yet roll forth
For each home… happily

And a little child shall lead them
President Boyd K. Packer
April Ensign, 2012, 6

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I hope to be judged as good as a man
As my honest hardworking father
I hope to hear from him first when I die, and then
Hear the words “well done” from Heavenly Father

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them
President Boyd K. Packer
Ensign, May 2012, 6

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As an inheritance of the Lord
Each child is as a nation
Awaiting to be trained and adored
By both parents in station

That little child on the street
 With scabies, rags, and all
Ought not to have naked feet
And ought to be trained up tall

My prayer to the Lord
Concerns the family
That His work will roll forth
For each home… happily

And a little child shall lead them
President Boyd K. Packer
April Ensign, 2012, 6

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