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Comments for this piece:
From Marie Crosland Eads: Hello, my name is Marie Eads. I recently gave a copy of the poem that I wrote in the late 70's to a co-worker who just had a daughter go on a mission and she told me that she had seen it before and thought that it had been put to music. So she searched and showed me this free lds sheet music website and there it was, the poem that I wrote during my mission. There is a verse missing, but other than that, it is pretty much the poem that I wrote. This is pretty amazing. I would like to get in contact with Jeff Combe. Please email me back. Thank you, Marie Crosland Eads.
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More about Jeff Combe:
Originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho; currently live in Southern California. Studied composition with Dave Sargent and Murray Boren at BYU; jazz arranging and electronic music at Cal State Los Angeles.
Song background:

When I was serving a mission in Canada in the 1970's, my mission president asked me to set an anonymous poem, written by an anonymous missionary who had served in Canada, to music.  This song was the result.  Many years later, Marie Crosland Eads contacted me and revealed herself as the author of the original poem.  She told me that a friend had seen the song on freeldssheetmusic.  I am pleased to finally know the author of the poem that touched so many people in Canada during our missions, and that continues to be seen and heard by others today.  Her name is added now to all copies of the music; if you have previously downloaded the music from this website, please note that she is the copyright holder of the lyrics of this song.

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Lyrics: To some there comes a call to love a people,
A nation, land, or race that's not their own.
The pages of two calendars will measure
The lives they've touched, and if they've really grown.

If you've been called, you'd better know the reason.
If you don't, your time is useless there.
The Master knows the answers and the questions.
He'll help you, but the cross is yours to bear.

And more than one has come and gone unnoticed.
They find it hard to love a stranger's land.
They somehow lose the vision they arrived with.
While others build on rock, they build on sand.

But those who learn to give just keep on giving.
They take their worst and make it into best;
They're those who learn that life's most sacred treasures
Are won by those who learn to serve the rest.

If you've been called, you'd better know the reason.
If you don't, your time is use-less there.
The Master knows the answers and the questions.
He'll help you, but the cross is yours to bear.

To some there comes a call to love a people,
A nation, land, or race that's not their own.
And when it's done, with eyes in tears they'll tell you
This country's mine, this land's become my home.

If you've been called, you'd better know the reason.
If you don't, your time is use-less there.
The Master knows the answers and the questions.
He'll help you, but the cross is yours to bear.
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