“There is in our hymnbook a very old and seldom-sung hymn that has very special meaning to me,” President Packer said. “Brightly beams our Father’s mercy from his lighthouse evermore, but to us he gives the keeping of the lights along the shore. Let the lower lights be burning; Send a gleam across the wave. Some poor fainting, struggling seaman, you may rescue, you may save.”
“Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy,” No. 335, is one of a handful of songs in the Latter-day Saint hymnbook with maritime themes.