The Hymn President Nelson Wrote + the Favorite Hymns of All 17 Latter-day Prophets

Joseph Fielding Smith

"Prayer Is the Soul's Sincere Desire"

Favorite Hymns of All 16 Latter-day Prophets

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Recalling President Joseph Fielding Smith's favorite hymn, President Thomas S. Monson recounts: "His favorite song was 'Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire.' And I’ll add the next thought: 'uttered or unexpressed.'” 

In today's hymnal, this song is unique because it retained all eight verses through the editing process for the 1985 songbook. This was done in order to keep the doctrinal teachings outlined in each verse, which all detail a different aspect of prayer without repeating. 

Learn more in Our Latter-day Hymns: The Stories and the Messages

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