Get On Board And Stay On The Train

I was running late today, so my commuter train was already pulling into the station by the time Mr. Mo was nearing my stop in our car. He decided to try to race it to the next stop [kids, don’t try this at home!]. In the end, I did make it on board – barely – but not without breaking several traffic and safety rules (like running across the intersection, risking life and limb…).


Yikes! Not smart.

I was glad that I didn’t have to wait for the next train and risk being late to my important meeting at work! But, I felt ashamed for my recklessness.

Note to self: Leave the house earlier, arrive on time, and get on the train safe & secure!

I realized in my haste to get on board, I had not scanned by pass. I thought to myself “No problem! I can just jump off at the next stop, scan the pass, and jump on again – why not?” You may guess how that brilliant idea turned out.

Note to self: Once on board the train, STAY on the train!

Over twenty minutes later, as I was riding along – on the next train – now running late for my important meeting and feeling stressed out, completely frustrated [and humbled] one of my favorite Gospel Spirituals I sing with the Choir came into my mind called “The Gospel Train” . I thought to myself “OK. There’s a message in all of this,” and sure enough, there was a very applicable parable told about a train in General Conference.

Of course, I had to share it with you.

Elder Glen L. Pace of the Quorum of the Seventy


“Many of us take the blessings of the gospel for granted. It is as if we are passengers on the train of the Church, which has been moving forward gradually and methodically. Sometimes we have looked out the window and thought, “That looks kind of fun out there. This train is so restrictive.” So we have jumped off and gone and played in the woods for a while. Sooner or later, we find it isn’t as much fun as Satan makes it appear or we get critically injured, so we work our way back to the tracks and see the train ahead. With a determined sprint we catch up to it, breathlessly wipe the perspiration from our forehead, and thank the Lord for repentance.

“While on the train, we can see the world and some of our own members outside laughing and having a great time. They taunt us and coax us to get off. Some throw logs and rocks on the tracks to try and derail it. Other members run alongside the tracks, and while they may never go play in the woods, they just can’t seem to get on the train. Others try to run ahead and too often take the wrong turn.

“I would propose that the luxury of getting on and off the train as we please is fading. The speed of the train is increasing. The woods are getting much too dangerous, and the fog and darkness are moving in.

“Although our detractors might as well “stretch forth [their] puny arm[s] to stop the Missouri river in its decreed course, or to turn it up stream” (D&C 121:33) and try to derail this train, they are occasionally successful in coaxing individuals off. With all the prophecies we have seen fulfilled, what great event are we awaiting prior to saying, “Count me in”? What more do we need to see or experience before we get on the train and stay on it until we reach our destination?”

– Elder Glen L. Pace, Stay On The Train, October 1992

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The Gospel Train – Traditional African-American Spiritual

The Gospel train’s comin’
I hear it just at hand
I hear the car wheel rumblin’
And rollin’ thro’ the land

Get on board little children
Get on board little children
Get on board little children
There’s room for many more

I hear the train a-comin’
She’s comin’ round the curve
She’s loosened all her steam and brakes
And strainin’ ev’ry nerve

The fare is cheap and all can go
The rich and poor are there
No second class aboard this train
No difference in the fare

Get on board little children
Get on board little children
Get on board little children
There’s room for many more


  1. You make my day. I love your posts and many times find I need to share them with my family and friends when they come just when I need them to. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, insights and talent. Shirlyn


  2. I love the analogies in this message. Long ago I heard a passage from the poem by Robert Frost called Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Most people are familiar with it. It says, the woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. I thought about what that meant. To me, the woods represent temptation. Temptation is lovely or it wouldn’t be tempting. But, I have made promises to God that I must keep. So, I’ll stay on the path, or the train if you will, until I sleep in the arms of my Savior. It’s not an easy task, but if you are really firm in your belief, God will strengthen you to keep your promises, but at the same time I’m reminded not to tempt God. I’ve heard sermons on whether or not you can lose your salvation. According to the Bible, the only way is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. That’s the unforgivable sin. But, again, I chose not to try the limits. Only a fool would give up the gift of Salvation. When I think of the price my Savior paid that I might be saved, it’s the most precious gift of all.



    1. Very profound thoughts, Lynne. You know, I’ve never even figured that out about Frosts poem until you pointed that out! How cool. Thank you for sharing your insights and for your love for our Savior.


      1. I’m not sure that’s what Robert Frost had in mind when he wrote that, but when I read it, that’s what it made me think. Sometimes poetry can mean whatever you think it means. To me, that just made sense.


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