History of Hymns—The Evolution of LDS Hymns

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History of Hymns investigates the inception and evolution of the hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The episodes include the history and progression of both the music and the text and feature interesting stories surrounding the creators and others involved in the development of a hymn. Also included are stories surrounding the performance or inclusion of the hymn in a variety of settings.

Marylou Cunningham Leavitt discusses the creation of Hymn number 22, "We Listen to a Prophet's Voice." Marylou shares her conversion story, how the hymn came about, and how it almost did not make it into the hymnbook. The episode includes a performance of the hymn by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.


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Older Episodes

039: "Hymns of Janice Kapp Perry"
038: "Hymns of Joseph Daynes"
037: "Hymns of Parley P. Pratt"
25 025: "I Am a Child of God" Jan. 16, 2012
025: "I Am a Child of God"
26 026: "God Be With You" Jan. 16, 2012
026: "God Be With You"
27 027: "Love At Home" Jan. 16, 2012
027: "Love At Home"
28 028: "O My Father" Jan. 16, 2012
028: "O My Father"
029: "Hymns of Alexander Schreiner"
030: "Hymns of Ebenezer Beesley"
031: "If You Could Hie To Kolob"
32 032: "Hymns of Eliza R Snow" Jan. 16, 2012
032: "Hymns of Eliza R Snow"
033: "Hymns of George Careless"
034: "Hymns of Evan Stephens"
35 035: "Hymns of W. W. Phelps" Jan. 16, 2012
035: "Hymns of W. W. Phelps"
036: "High on the Mountain Top"
24 024: "Adam-ondi-Ahman" Oct. 24, 2011
024: "Adam-ondi-Ahman"
023: "Lord, I Would Follow Thee"
Episode 23: The history behind “Lord, I Would Follow Thee”: "What emerged was a twelve-measure hymn unlike any other hymn in form or substance. The singer or listener will notice that the melody of the first two measures is simple reversed in order to create the melody for measures nine …
22 022: “The Spirit of God” March 8, 2010
Episode 22: The history behind “The Spirit of God”: This hymn goes back to the early foundations of the Church and is richly entwined with the history of the Restoration. William W. Phelps wrote “The Spirit of God.” He was born in 1792, and just three days after the organization …