This song is referenced by Song 101 – This New Song, and by Song 144 – Oh That I Were an Angel v-1. Song 353 – New Wood Floors provided the music for this song and for Song 358 – Psalm of Nephi. Version-1 had 5 verses. I did not remember having written version-1 when this version was written. This version has 17 verses, one song-verse for each of the 17 scriptural-verses (Alma 29:1-17). As stated with version-1, I loved my mission, and I internalized what Alma wrote about: “Oh that I were an angel and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people.” As I write these words, the thought comes to mind, “Maybe this is why I am recording these Songs and Psalms. Yes, the effort is for my children. Yes, the effort is a to cry repentance to each of them, and to myself. Yes, I am willing to share this effort with others, who are interested or who are lead to the work by the spirit of the Holy Ghost. Yes, I am not advertising this effort, nor charging money for this effort, nor otherwise attempting to receive a gain for this work. I would consider doing so to be practicing priestcraft (see Alma 1:12). Sharing my life, experiences, and most important to me, my testimony of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is my way of going forth and speaking with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth. “This is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.” I am convinced it is the still small voice, low frequency information traveling across the universe from God, which shakes the earth and reaches the hearts and souls of His children. As I think about how the Lord has planted thoughts and words in my mind, “I remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer.” Hopefully, my honesty and openness and integrity will reach someone who is looking for eternal truths. Hopefully, this same honesty and openness does not become the basis of offence. There are consequences for everything we do. And my experience is that even when we are doing something for good reasons, Satan will blind the minds of some of some of those we love and convince them the opposite of what is intended. Convincing them we are attempting to manipulate or humiliate or somehow hurt or disparage them. This is absolutely not my intention, and if anyone is offended by what I have written, please talk to me, and we will adjust the post to not offend. In the meantime, I must remember, “I am a man, and do sin in my wish, for I ought to be content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto me.”
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