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Is your favorite hymn the same as Joseph Smith's or Gordon B. Hinckley's? Find out in this list of favorite hymns of the prophets!
Only three months after the Church was officially organized, the Lord instructed Emma to make a selection of hymns to be used by the Saints:
And it shall be given thee, also, to make a selection of sacred hymns, as it shall be given thee, which is pleasing unto me, to be had in my church.
For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads. (Doctrine & Covenants 25:11-12).
Odds are you've seen at least one of these LDS stars on YouTube. They're finding viral success with LDS and non-LDS fans the world over!
Stuart Edge started out as a port-a-potty cleaner with only 9 subscribers on his budding YouTube channel. Then he posted the video of a Mistletoe Kissing Prank he pulled on BYU campus.
Literally overnight, his channel was exploding with views and subscribers. In its first week, the video had 10 million views, and within a few weeks his channel had 100,000 subscribers. He was being contacted by news stations wanting to air his video and interview him.
Do you know why "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" was removed from the hymnal? Or the extra verses for "The Spirit of God"? Learn more about these and other favorite LDS hymns.
The history behind LDS hymns is rich with fascinating stories and quirky facts. Don't believe us? Just check out these fun finds about the history and form of some favorite hymns of LDS Living readers and other common conference tunes:
How Great Thou Art
Today's version of this 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.
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's highly acclaimed musical 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' Returns to the Tuacahn Amphitheatre August 1st-October 16th.
Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Jacob’s favorite son.
Directed and choreographed by Derryl Yeager, “Joseph” retells in Biblical proportions the classic story of Joseph and his prophetic dreams. Experience with Joseph his adventures of betrayal by his jealous brothers, of being sold into Egypt, of thwarting Potiphar’s wife, of landing in jail, and of eventually becoming Pharaoh’s’ ‘Number 2.’
This magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door. “Joseph” is set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll. Add in the magnificent Old Testament like landscape that only the magnificent canyon of Tuacahn can offer, and you have a classic tale told in a way that the entire family will never forget.
These breathtaking pieces of LDS art by Annie Henrie vividly portray various aspects of the Plan of Salvation.
The most fundamental questions in our lives--questions about where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going--are answered when we have a true understanding of the Plan of Salvation. Such an understanding is deepened and enlivened by images illustrating God's eternal plan for His children, like these uniquely beautiful and newly released paintings from artist Annie Henrie.
These images are available in the new book Visions of Hope: An Illustrated Portrayal of God's Plan for Us.
The Creation: All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:2-4