To Nephi, Seer of Olden Time
To Nephi, seer of olden time,
While on our journey here below,
And when temptation's power is nigh,
And, hand o'er hand, the rod along,
Afar we see the golden rest
Hold to the rod, the iron rod;
*Joseph L. Townsend (1849-1942), born in Pennsylvania, gained a good education at the University of Missouri and the Agricultural College of Missouri. In 1872, ill health sent him west to Salt Lake City. Six months later he joined the Church. He became principal of Payson High School. A business leader in Payson for a number of years, he also served as a teacher of penmanship at Brigham Young Academy at Provo and later as a manual training teacher in Salt Lake High School. He wrote a great number of hymns still sung by the Latter-day Saints. The iron rod, imaged here is one of Mormondom's important symbols. It is drawn from Lehi's vision in the Book of Mormon.