David O. McKay
"Oh Say, What Is Truth?"
According to President Thomas S. Monson, a favorite hymn of President David O. McKay was "Oh Say, What Is Truth?"
This hymn was written by an early Latter-day Saint missionary, John Jacques. Our Latter-day Hymns recounts:
"It is likely that John Jacques was weighed down many times by the hardships of his calling, but he took comfort in recalling the all-consuming and overriding value of the truth whose messenger he was. These words might well serve as a morale-building reminder to a discouraged missionary. If truth is really 'the brightest prize / To which mortals or Gods can aspire,' then it is worth any sacrifice."
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Learn more in Our Latter-day Hymns: The Stories and the Messages.
If you enjoy the hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, then you will enjoy Our Latter-day Hymns: The Stories and the Messages. In this volume you will find the stories of all the hymns in the 1985 LDS hymnbook, so far as those stories are known. Some of the hymns came about in ways that are quite dramatic and personal; others came into being under ordinary circumstances. And each of the more than three hundred hymns has a message all its own.