Ezra Taft Benson
"How Great Thou Art"
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President Benson’s favorite hymn was “How Great Thou Art." This moving hymn was among the selections sung at his funeral, which included several of his other favorite hymns, such as "An Angel from on High" and "O Divine Redeemer."
Today's version of President Benson's favorite hymn is loosely based on a German translation of a Russian translation of a Swedish hymn, "O Mighty God." In 1923, English missionaries heard the song in German and translated it from memory, and added new pieces based on the breathtaking scenery they witnessed in their travels.
However, at that time, they only wrote the first three verses.
The fourth verse didn't come until after World War II. Those same missionaries added the last verse, inspired by refugees in Britain who constantly asked, "When can we go home?" Thus, the fourth verse focuses on the joys of our heavenly home.
Learn more about favorite LDS hymns by reading "10 Things You Didn't Know about Your Favorite LDS Hymns"