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Howard W. Hunter

"Have I Done Any Good in the World Today?"


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While President Howard W. Hunter is well-known for his love of all the hymns, President Thomas S. Monson recalls that one of his favorites was "Have I Done Any Good in the World Today?"

For the 1985 hymnal, the committee altered a line of lyrics in President Hunter's favorite hymn: the line which now reads "Only he who does something helps others to live. / To God, each good work will be known" originally read, "Only he who does something is worthy to live, / The world has no use for a drone." 

The problematic lyrics were changed in order to reflect that life is sacred and needs no justification but that able-bodied people shouldn't be idle. 

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

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