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October 15, 2007

The Touch of the Masters Hand

Filed under: faith,LDS,life,love,Mormons — by steffielynn @ 5:40 pm
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This poem makes me cry EVERY time I read it.  I hope it stirs up the emotion in you.  I hope you will know how much you are loved and that you are worth more to your Father in Heaven then you will ever know! 

The Touch of the Master’s Hand by Myra B. Welch

It was battered and scarred,
And the auctioneer thought it
Hardly worth his while
To waste his time on the old violin,
But he held it up with a smile.
“What am I bid, good people”, he cried,
“Who starts the bidding for me?”
“One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?”
“Two dollars, who makes it three?”
“Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three”,But, No,
From the room far back a grey haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow,
Then wiping the dust from the old violin
And tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet,
As sweet as the angel sings.

The music ceased and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said “What now am I bid for this old violin?”
As he held it aloft with its’ bow.
“One thousand, one thousand, Do I hear two?”
“Two thousand, Who makes it three?”
“Three thousand once, three thousand twice,
Going and gone”, said he.

The audience cheered,
But some of them cried,
“We just don’t understand.”
“What changed its’ worth?”
Swift came the reply.
“The Touch of the Masters Hand.”

And many a man with life out of tune,
All battered with bourbon and gin,
Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd
Much like that old violin.
A mess of pottage, a glass of wine,
A game and he travels on.
He is going once, he is going twice,
He is going and almost gone.
But the Master comes,
And the foolish crowd never can quite understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
By the Touch of the Master’s Hand.



  1. My mom had a picture over our piano when I was young that had the name of this poem on it with a violin. I had never read the poem though. How beautiful.

    Comment by cowgalutah — October 15, 2007 @ 8:50 pm |Reply

  2. This is one of my favorite poems ever! Thank you for posting it.

    Comment by Jay — October 16, 2007 @ 8:56 pm |Reply

  3. Mine too!

    So where have you been? I hope you are doing great and I hope you stop by more often!

    I think you need to take over for a while, this blogging thing is tiring 🙂

    Comment by steffielynn — October 17, 2007 @ 3:39 am |Reply

  4. I’m still really busy. I haven’t had time to get back to Mormons talk and it will be at least two more months before I can really get back into it.

    I was excited today because I received the 1830 addition of the Book of Mormon on microfilm. I copied a few chapters and the title page to read along side mine. I also got adventures of a church historian. It talks about B.H. Robert’s experience investigating the Book of Mormon. It is very interesting. I’ve sent away for the original edition of the Pearl of Great Price. I’m excited to see it when it comes in.

    Comment by Jay — October 17, 2007 @ 3:59 am |Reply

  5. Jay,

    I commend you for studying thoroughly .I have BH Roberts ‘s later writings in the Book

    ‘Studies Of The Book Of Mormon’

    You will be able to see for yourself the many changes in the BofM from the original 1830 Edition ….

    The original POGP will show the angel who visited Joseph in his bedroom whilehis 5 other brothers were in the same room including 2 sharing the same bed to be called Nephi !

    How they never awoke while Joseph Communicated all night with that bright light and angelic voice is a mystery !
    Why doesn’t the church picture show the others in the bed with him ?

    I am going to bring this up with the Ensign publishers together with the phony picture showing him sat at a table with Oliver Cowdery supposedly transalting the plates when in reality he used a hat and stone .

    I look forward to your conclusion at the end of this search as I know it will be an honest one .


    Come on there’s a million laps in circles to do yet ! 🙂 I’m all up for it !!

    Comment by Elder Joseph — October 17, 2007 @ 11:22 am |Reply

  6. EJ
    I’m still with it, but i’m a really slow typer and so this takes up a lot of time, especially when I should be getting other things done. I will probably have to set aside time everyday, and stop posting and commenting randomly, it feels like i’m on the commputer all day!

    So Anyways, what do you think of the poem????? Do you love it?

    Comment by steffielynn — October 17, 2007 @ 12:08 pm |Reply

  7. Steffie

    The poem is great. But I have difficulty relating it to the Mormon Church and its origins and especially Joseph Smith:(

    I know what you mean about getting other things done but the Gospel is always first 🙂

    I have a day off today from work so I’m excercising my favourite pass time …. Mormonism , being involved with it and ‘opposing’ its theology and founders at the same time !

    Of course I do my best with Jehovahs witnesses when they knock .In fact my missionaries consult me for their approach with JW Investigators !

    Even when I go door knocking with the missionaries , its not my intention to convert or influence anyone to join , its purely an academic and observance excercise .We even had a retired Priest shut his door on us some time ago ! lol hahah

    They got challenged by a Born again last week about 4000 changes to the original Book Of Mormon and came to ask me about it…

    we had a joint High Priest and E Q meeting two weeks ago and were reminded that we ( excluding me ) had the restored Priesthood which can raise the dead and create worlds ! lol

    So when I ask about raising my father from the grave the answer is always ‘ we can’t do it’ ?

    Sounds like a contradiction to me ! The bit that worries me is that they haven’t even tried which suggests they don’t believe it themselves despite talking about it .

    Comment by Elder Joseph — October 17, 2007 @ 1:46 pm |Reply

  8. This poem makes me think of the LDS church because I was once auctioned too cheap, until my life was changed around by prayer and I was “touched my the Masters hand”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Steff 🙂

    Comment by steffielynn — October 17, 2007 @ 8:47 pm |Reply

  9. hey Steffie ,

    Please don’t say that you are a ‘jewel’ . Now you made my eyes a bit watery……

    Maybe the LDS church was just the catalyst for something that was inherent in you …..

    I hope and Pray you’ll always have the saviour even if the LDS/Joseph Smith thing turns out to be a fraud….

    Comment by Elder Joseph — October 17, 2007 @ 9:42 pm |Reply

  10. I meant ………..Please don’t say that . ( full stop )

    You are a Jewel ! lol if you know what I mean ..

    Comment by Elder Joseph — October 17, 2007 @ 9:44 pm |Reply

  11. Steffie,

    You have a BIG problem with your blog. I don’t like discussing things with you when I have an opposing opinion because you are simply the nicest and coolest person on the planet.
    I don’t think the LDS church is true, but I think you are. I have heard the poem before. I liked it then and still like it now.

    Comment by Bishop Rick — October 17, 2007 @ 9:44 pm |Reply

  12. Bishop Rick and EJ,

    You guys are so sweet! Those are the nicest comments I have ever gotten! Thank you!

    I just love you guys!

    Steff 🙂

    Comment by steffielynn — October 18, 2007 @ 2:08 am |Reply

  13. EJ,

    I’ve only read the first few verses of the BOM 1830 and the witnesses testimonies. There are several changes, but none of them are significant so far, only punctuations changes and switching of words that mean about the same thing anyway. Of course the chapters are all numbered differently and there are no verses.

    I know that some entire verses have been added in Alma because Richard G. Scott told my mission that when I was in Ecuador. He said that original copies of Joesph’s dictations were found that had the verses and that is why they added them. Do you know of any specific verses that have changed and that make a significant doctrinal difference? Right now I have to copy a chapter at a time since it is on microfilm. If I knew what verses to get it would make things go faster. Thanks.

    Comment by Jay — October 20, 2007 @ 10:43 pm |Reply

  14. How about the White and Delightsome to Pure and Delightsome? Is that significant?

    Comment by CoventryRM — October 21, 2007 @ 10:55 pm |Reply

  15. Yes, that is one I would like to investigate, but I also want to know if verses were removed or added and why or if, as in your example, words were significantly changed. The only thing strange about that verse “white and delightsome” is that there are other verses in the BOM and the POGP that are disturbing, but have not been changed. So it makes me wonder why that particular verse received so much attention. I guess if no one knows of any verses I should check out I will have to just read the entire book. Oh well.

    Comment by Jay — October 22, 2007 @ 12:10 am |Reply

  16. Whats interesting is they changed the White and Delightsome after Spencer Kimball taught over the pulpit as Doctrine and stated and showed examples of lamanites (well native americans since we now know they aren’t Lamanites) actually were turning lighter shades.

    Comment by CoventryRM — October 22, 2007 @ 12:27 am |Reply

  17. Jay, I found this when I googled, “book of mormon changes”
    If you scrool down you will find “Unannotated Changes”
    Maybe this will help in your studies 🙂

    Hope you are doing well!!!!!


    Comment by steffielynn — October 22, 2007 @ 3:45 am |Reply

  18. Steffie ,

    Its funny that you should direct Jay to an anti mormon site ! lol

    Jay is intent on doing a full clean sweep of everything to know for himself exactly what is going on ….

    I’m still predicting a change in the future as to what the BofM actually is ….. I think it may go the same way as it did with the Reformed LDS …. put away on some shelf out of the way ! lol


    Yiou are right , the more disturbing veres on skin colour are still in … I ask my black friends in church about them ! They look mystified .Its obvious they never read the Bof M then 🙂

    I’m just looking into the First Vision to see if its true or just made up at some later date ( 1838 the earliest mention I can find -18 years after the event and no one seemed enthused or mentioned for the next 25 years anyway) . Have you researched this one Steffie ?

    Comment by elder joseph — October 22, 2007 @ 1:38 pm |Reply

  19. The reason I pick the white to pure is I also find it interesting that they were so ignorant to actually believe that someone was going to change a lighter shade because they were living the LDS Gospel and staying with LDS families. As a kid I clearly remember the program of Native Americans living with Members. I guess at this point I am just drawn to the just plain silly stuff that has been preached.

    Comment by CoventryRM — October 22, 2007 @ 2:21 pm |Reply

  20. EJ I have not researched that.

    And ya I know it’s an anti site, but Jay wanted refrences. Of course, for me at least, change doesn’t equal proof that the LDS church isn’t true, especially since most the changes were grammer.

    Also, some of the strongest members are “dark skinned” I think the only people who have a hang up about this are NON mormons!

    Coventry RM, i’m glad you found your way back to my blog, i’ve been meaning to tell you that. I did not think you would ever come here again, but as EJ and I have found, going in circles is not all that bad! 🙂

    Comment by steffielynn — October 22, 2007 @ 8:14 pm |Reply

  21. Steffie

    “Also, some of the strongest members are “dark skinned””

    yes….. but how many of them really know the teachings of the past ? I was told not to show them JOD quotes by my White valiant in the pre existence Bishop , so I stick to the book Of Mormon ones ! 🙂

    If you should start thinking the church is not true then don’t worry because I’ve finally found what its all about …..




    The Hokey Pokey

    Left leg in , left leg out , thats what its all about 🙂

    Comment by elder joseph — October 22, 2007 @ 10:18 pm |Reply

  22. Steff,
    Thanks for the link. I checked it out. There was only one thing that they cited that I need to check out. The rest was just bad interpretation of LDS scripture and gramatical errors.

    Comment by Jay — October 24, 2007 @ 12:30 am |Reply

  23. Hi Jay –

    FARMS is a very good place to try and get the answers that you need – here is their website – as you probably already know –

    I too had serious questions on the BoM and PoGP – and my searching lead me out of the Church – please don’t make the same mistakes that I made –

    When I did my searching I went to many websites that claimed that they were only trying to help – to correct incorrect teachings – they were like wolves in sheep’s clothing.

    FARMS has three books that you may find interesting –

    Reexploring the Book of Mormon – Edited by John Welch

    Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon – Welch and Throne

    Echoes and Evidences of the Book of Mormon –

    The proof of the BoM is itself – When I read it this last time – it was as though I was reading it with new eyes – I saw things in it that I never did before – I saw Christ on every page –

    I would also suggest that you find some that knows you well and has a strong faith in the Book of Mormon that will help you through this questioning period – and not help in the sense of telling you that the book is true (which it is), but in helping you find the answers that you need –

    They say if you want to know about a Catholic – ask a Catholic priest or lay person – don’t ask a Protestant – Same with us Mormons – otherwise you will only get the answers that they want to give you – not the answers that you need –

    Peace, Grace and Love!

    Comment by happyman4 — October 24, 2007 @ 12:52 am |Reply

  24. Happyman4,

    It doesn’t really matter who Jay talks to. They will each have an agenda. The Mormon will want to lead him to believe, the non-Mormon will want to lead him to not believe. The only unbiased person in this case is Jay himself. I think he should get information from all sources and make his own determination.

    I think that is exactly what he is doing.

    Comment by Bishop Rick — October 24, 2007 @ 3:46 am |Reply

  25. Good point Bishop Rick, The church teaches to fear opposing information. If we have the discernment to know that we can discard certain things in the Bible such as stoning our neighbors etc. we certainly have the ability to discern the information presented to us from all sources.

    Comment by CoventryRM — October 24, 2007 @ 4:23 am |Reply

  26. The church does not teach you to fear opposing view points, it teaches you to be cautious, and there is a big difference! We are taught to search ponder and pray, and to seek out truth. The church warns the members that there’s A LOT of false info out there, and well, there is. It is hard to weed out the truth from the half truths and the opinions.

    Comment by steffielynn — October 24, 2007 @ 4:33 am |Reply

  27. I would have to disagree with that. Sorry

    And it is not hard at all to sort out stuff at all.

    Only when the emperical evidence is inconsistent with your spiritual witness.

    Comment by CoventryRM — October 24, 2007 @ 4:37 am |Reply

  28. happyman,
    I am grateful for your help. I will continue to investigate many sources, realizing that each will have a bias of some kind. I only care about discovering truth, so if the Church is true I will eventually be lead to stay and beleive. If it is false I will be lead a different way.

    Comment by Jay — October 24, 2007 @ 5:31 am |Reply

  29. Steffie,
    Growing up in the Church I was told not to read or listen to anti-Mormon literature. Granted this may have been from local leaders and not directly from the Church, but it was always discouraged to read anything that was viewed as anti-Mormon.

    Comment by Jay — October 24, 2007 @ 5:34 am |Reply

  30. I went out with a youth from the church visiting the single females in our ward one evening bringing them presents from our ward etc …. and he told me they have been told not to read anti mormon literature .Then he asked me why do others call his church a cult ?
    I just replied its because they believe different thats all….


    Here are a few BofM changes .I think the more serious ones are these perhaps

    Comment by elder joseph — October 24, 2007 @ 10:37 am |Reply

  31. EJ,
    Thank you for that link. There are some suprising changes to the text. They are much more significant ones than the other site had. Now I have to dig a little deeper to see why the changes were made.

    Comment by Jay — October 25, 2007 @ 3:11 am |Reply

  32. here is a FAQ that might help –

    Comment by happyman4 — October 25, 2007 @ 1:43 pm |Reply

  33. happyman4

    I would like to ask you two questions ….

    If a future prophet gave a revelation that the Book Of Mormon is not Really Literal History but a Spiritual Parable of sorts and hence the Nephites and Lamenites never really existed ,

    Would you be ok with that ? Or would it be a concern ?


    What is the truthfullness that you find in the book itself . Just simply because it mentions Christ on every page ? So does the new Testament or at least his teachings of the church at the time and his message . Do you feel the same about The New Testament or do you think its faulty ?

    Comment by elder joseph — October 28, 2007 @ 12:13 am |Reply

  34. Hi EJ –

    So you’re the one that asked the question 🙂 – I answered it in another of Steffie’s blogs –

    on the second part – I do take the NT very serious and I take it as factual – I love the NT and have studied it for years – I’ve studied it from the Catholic perspective, the protestant perspective and the LDS view – I get that same feeling for the BoM as I do the NT –
    Most theologians will agree that the NT is not in it’s pristine state – that things were dropped – maybe not intentionally but things were – In fact if it wasn’t for the monks we really wouldn’t have the NT at all – they tried their best to protect it –So I do believe that there are errors in it – but that would never get me to throw it out –
    We are really lucky that we do have the BoM –

    Please see link –

    Comment by happyman4 — October 29, 2007 @ 10:04 pm |Reply

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