Gordon B. Hinckley
"God of Our Fathers, Known of Old"
While many hymns were favorites of President Gordon B. Hinckley, one sticks out to President Thomas S. Monson: "God of Our Fathers, Known of Old," written by Rudyard Kipling. "That's the British in him," President Monson shares.
Kipling's original hymn has two verses excluded from the LDS hymnal:
If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the law--
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget--lest we forget!
For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard;
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding, calls not thee to guard,
For frantic boast and foolish word--
They mercy on thy people, Lord!
Learn more in Our Latter-day Hymns: The Stories and the Messages.