Hymn text by William Pierson Merrill, 1867-1954. View the full text of this hymn.

During this past conference, Elder Lynn G. Robbins told of an encounter he had with President Boyd K. Packer in which he was instructed to remember which way he faces, meaning that he represents the prophet to the people, not the other way around. It is important for all of us to remember that when we take Christ’s name upon us, we become his representatives. I think it’s common for us to come up with rationalizations to excuse many of the sinful actions of the world. By doing this, we end up making excuses for bad choices made by our loved ones or ourselves. And by doing this, we are facing the wrong way.

Rise up, O men of God!

Be done with lesser things.

Sins, rationalizations, and excuses, no matter how logical or important they seem to be, are lesser.

Give heart and soul and mind and strength

To serve the King of Kings.

Anything that takes your attention away from your main purpose of serving the Lord is lesser.

Rise up, O men of God!

Tread where his feet have trod.

No need to head to Jerusalem. As we praise and serve our Heavenly Father, we are following the example and path that Jesus Christ set for us. By walking in his ways, we are facing the right direction. We show the world what is right instead of excusing what is wrong.

As brothers of the Son of Man,

Rise up, O men of God!

We are all children of a Heavenly Father, which makes Jesus Christ our brother. There is no reason that we cannot be like him, because we are his family.

However, this hymn is much more than a reminder of our divine heritage. It is a call to action. Stand firm in your convictions. Praise Heavenly Father. Be a representative of Jesus Christ.

Rise up! Rise up! Rise up!

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