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More about Sheryl Martineau:
Sister Martineau and her husband live in West Bountiful, Utah. They are the parents of a large family. They attend the Mount Ensign 1st Ward (Spanish speaking) in the West Bountiful Stake. She has directed choirs for more than twenty years of her life, and is currently directing the choir in the Mount Ensign Ward.
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Our foster daughter asked me why we have to suffer in this life.  This poem, and later a song, was my answer.

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Lyrics: I am a stone, deep-veined with gleaming yellow;
God only knows what shining hides within.
God only knows what burning will refine me,
What polishing is needed for my gain.
He burns away the willful, prideful shell in fires of suffering sore,
Making ashes of my swift impatience, ever glowing closer to the core.
In sunshine of celestial forgiveness He smooths away the dull ingratitude,
By gentle hands of other loving ones softly rubbing, burnishing the good.
What burning, what kind polishing, behold:
A shining piece of gold!
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