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{A&E} 'Favoritest' Hymn of All Winner!

Ashley Evanson - June 30, 2011

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The votes are in and we have a “favoritest” hymn. Congratulations to …
 
I Know that My Redeemer Lives

I’m not really surprised this classic hymn won, but I am intrigued with the first runner-up, Come, Thou Fount. It only lost by one percent of the total votes, so clearly it’s a popular hymn. But the funny thing is, it’s not actually in the current hymnbook.

Come, Thou Fount was the most requested write-in hymn from round one of voting, so we added it to the list of others. But if it’s not even in the hymn book, why is it so popular?

The answer is, it used to be, so a lot of members are familiar with this hymn and still consider it a favorite. When the newest version of the hymnbook was printed in 1985, Come Thou Fount was missing. The Church wrote an article in the Ensign about the changes, but there wasn’t a reason as to why specific hymns made the cut and others didn’t. Here’s what they had to say:

“Just as some hymns have been added to the book, some have also been deleted. ‘Through the years a number of hymns have only rarely been sung,’ said Elder Pinnock. ‘Wanting to keep the book to a reasonable size, and needing to add new hymns, we felt it would be wise to remove some of the little-used hymns.’ Members may want to keep their old hymnbooks as a treasure, Brother Moody suggested, and continue to sing the hymns they love that may not appear in the new book. …

Selecting the relatively few hymns that would finally be added to the book was a challenge. ‘I would compare it to buying a house,’ said Sister Goodliffe, ‘There are other factors involved in choosing, besides just the house itself. It has to be right for the family, in the appropriate price range, in a suitable location; it’s not enough that you like it. Selecting these hymns was similar. There were more factors involved than I had dreamed of. And there were many wonderful hymns we couldn’t use.’”

To read the full article, click here.

What do you think? Do you think the winner and first runner-up are the right hymns?

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Ashley Evanson is the online editor at LDS Living. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves looking at design blogs, wishing she could be as hip as the people she reads about. Her favorite color is light tan.

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Comments 7 comments

rachscuz said...

08:50 AM
on Jun 30, 2011

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It's fun to see the results of this contest. I would like to comment on the first-runner up hymn. My opinion is that the hymn version of "Come Thou Font" is not spectacular, but that it has become a favorite because Mack Wilberg arranged it in such a way to help us realize its beauty, and his arrangement and other similar ones have revived this hymn.

bastiandr said...

08:57 AM
on Jun 30, 2011

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At the time the 1985 hymnbook contents were chosen, "Come Thou Fount" was not sung often in LDS congregations. It is true that Mack Wilberg's arrangement has been the instrument to make it known and loved. It will almost surely be included in future hymnbooks. (No new hymnbook is anticipated at this time, however. The Church is still translating the 1985 version in new languages.)

djljejm said...

09:13 AM
on Jun 30, 2011

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I like both of them but voted for The Spirit of God as my #1. Our ward rarely sings this, which is a big disappointment - maybe it's just me, but the Spirit is so strong I nearly cry. It's so cool when they let us stand while singing it. What I wish would happen is having the ward members choose the songs once in awhile.

mamacash said...

11:50 AM
on Jun 30, 2011

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Not surprised about the winning hymn - that is one of my favorites too! And so is "Come Thou Fount!" I do agree Mack Wilberg has propelled this hymn into the mainstream by his compelling and moving arrangement! He definitely has talent and as far as I am concerned, has also promoted the influence of the Tabernacle Choir. Another favorite hymn I love is the sacrament hymn, Reverently and Meekly Now - hauntingly beautiful!

annetaylor said...

12:07 PM
on Jun 30, 2011

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Mack Wilberg's arrangement rocketed "Come Thou Fount" into eternal fame. With full orchestra and tympani, it is sublime. But the words have just as great an impact when pondered. My personal favorite hymn? How Firm A Foundation. All seven verses.

grammy said...

11:55 AM
on Jul 02, 2011

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I cannot think of a more reverent and heart-swelling hymn than "I Know That My Redeemer Lives." It embodies the essence of the Gospel.

dwilliams said...

01:43 PM
on Aug 15, 2011

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If I recall correctly, the actual hymn title is "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," rather than just "Come Thou Fount."
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