Song 025 – Homecoming

By January 8, 2018Songs

This song was used as the music for Psalm 132. It was nice to be back to Southern Utah after spending 2 years in southeast England serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I remember how disappointed I was to receive my mission call to the British Mission. I wanted to learn a foreign language, like my cousins Darrell Krueger (German) and Roice Krueger (Japanese) and Mark Nelson (Japanese). I felt like I had failed the language-learning-capacity test, which I took with high school classmate Donald Bentenson. Obviously, my decision to go on a mission was not completely self-sacrificing. Of course, it turned out England was the best place I could have been sent. The British Mission was the first foreign mission of the church. By the time I arrived in England, the mission name was changed to The England East Mission. I started my mission spending 4 months in Canterbury, home of The Church of England. Then I spent 9 months in Ipswich, where locals were as skeptical of strangers as the folks I grew up with in Cedar City. I was thrown out of the office of a man in Norwich because I was a “Mormon missionary.” I finished my mission in Harlow New Town, Islington in northern London, and Earls Court in South Kensington in downtown London, the centers of traffic and burning city lights. It was so nice to come home “to the land I love” “to walk though sagebrush that scratches at my knees” (see image to the left) where “jack rabbits dart through the trees.” One of the first things I did when I got home was to go to Snows Canyon, “to climb a mountain, and look down from above.” I ended up writing this song about being back “with people who are like me.” I felt the same way when Andrea and I moved back to Cedar City after I had spent 40 years in Texas (6 years in the traffic and burning city lights of Dallas and 34 years in Houston). The extended photo is from Snows Canyon.

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