Morning on the Withersteen ranch. A church service in the town below is in progress. We hear a hymn:
The sun need never ask to rise
The moon and stars content to share the sky
In Heav’n on earth as it shall be
All God’s plan, eternally
The sage and mountains all surround
Side by side as brothers bound
Sharing all that God has laid
Heaven’s plan in Glory made
JANE (over the second verse)
Tell me Lord, is my father with you?
May I speak to him, Lord?
May I speak to my father?
Things are happening, father.
Bad things are happening.
And I don’t know where to turn.
The Bishop has told me I must marry Tull
But how can I marry a man I do not love?
Would you want that for me?
Our own people want to steal our herd
and drive me off the land!
All because I won’t marry a man I do not love!
They tried to kill my friend, father.
My best rider, roped and tied and almost killed
by our own churchmen!
Our people are straying from the faith.
They are hearts are filled with greed and lust for power.
And while they preach the Holy word,
their deeds grow blacker every day!
Wandering into darkness!
But I will not go with them, no-I promise you!
I will not follow them down this dark path!
I know that God is love!
I feel Him all around!
And no men with hearts of stone
will draw me from His light!
No men with guns and hearts of stone
will pull me from His light!
Father, you taught me to love this land,
To protect our valley and those who live there,
To respect the teachings of our church,
whose very word is the word of God.
But you taught me more…
“Think for yourself, Jane!”
That’s what you told me, isn’t it?
“Think for yourself!”
That’s what you said.
“Trust your heart and mind
And you’ll be fine “
We’ll, I’m trying, father,
But what am I to do
when the laws of men
go against the laws of God and nature?
I can’t be true to both!
The loving word of God…
And the cruelty of men…
How can they both be true?!
Which is it, father?
Which one is it?
Help me to know!
Help me to know!