Called to Serve

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"Called to Serve" is a hymn of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The words were written by Grace Gordon and the music by Adam Giebel. It is hymn number 249 in the 1985 LDS Church hymnal[1] and page number 174 in the Primary's Children's Songbook.[2]

The words to the hymn reflect a desire to serve God and consequently the hymn is generally associated with missionaries and missionary work. The hymn has been translated into many languages and LDS missionaries called to foreign-speaking missions are often taught this song early in their language training.

The phrase "called to serve" is associated with missionary work. Letters calling church members to full-time missionary service begin with the phrase, "You are hereby called to serve ...."


  1. ^ "#249: Called to Serve", Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LDS Church, 1985, OCLC 54497783, archived from the original on 2014-12-08 . Multimedia interactive version with score and audio recording also available.
  2. ^ "Called to Serve", Children's Songbook, LDS Church, 1989, pp. 174–75, archived from the original on 2014-12-08