#256 As Zion’s Youth in Latter Days

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1. As Zion’s youth in latter days,
We stand with valiant heart,
With promise shining in our eyes,
Resolved to do our part.
Upon a noble past we build;
The future fills our view.
We face the challenge of our day
And pledge we will be true.

2. The truths and values we embrace
Are mocked on ev’ry hand.
Yet as we listen and obey
We know we can withstand
The evils that would weaken us,
The sin that would destroy.
With faith, we hold the iron rod
And find in this our joy.

3. Thru test and trial we’ll have our fears,
But we will not despair.
We’re here to serve a righteous cause;
Truth gives us strength to dare.
We’ll love, and learn, and overcome;
We’ll sing a joyful song,
As Zion’s youth in latter days,
Triumphant, pure, and strong.


Text: Susan Evans McCloud, b. 1945. (c) 1985 IRI
Music: Irish melody, arr. (c) 1985 IRI

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: Susan Evans McCloud

Susan Evans McCloud (born July 28, 1945) is an American novelist, author, poet, hymnwriter, and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Two of McCloud’s hymns appear in the LDS Church’s 1985 hymnbook. One of these, “Lord I Would Follow Thee,” has also been recorded by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.[4] Lines from this hymn have been quoted in the LDS community,[5] and it has even been called “one of the best-loved songs in the LDS Church”[6] McCloud wrote her other hymn, “As Zion’s Youth in Latter Days,” with the goal of giving strength to a “vacillating youth.”[7]

McCloud has also contributed to film music used by the seminaries of the LDS Church.[8]

Music: Irish Melody