Music is arguably the most dominant artform in the Mormon religion, with the Hymns of the Restoration being the primary source thereof. These hymns find their way into worship at church, home, in the car and elsewhere. They frequently are a key backdrop element to other artistic productions. Contemporary LDS Musicians today are finding many new and exciting ways to re-interpret these and mixing them into both worship and pop culture.
Have your ever wondered about the early pioneers and apostles of the restored church as the original artists of Mormonism? Modern day prophets have taught that the LDS Hymns can be a source of strength, comfort and testimony in our lives today. Each week many of these hymns, in various artistic interpretations are broadcast worldwide by the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.
Latter-day Saint hymns come from many sources and there have been numerous hymn books printed within the Latter Day Saint movement since its inception in 1830. The singing of hymns has always been an important part of the history and worship in the Latter Day Saint movement, including its largest component, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). This article specifically addresses hymns of the LDS Church.
History of the Hymnal
Today, the 1985 edition is the The official hymnal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Published in English in 1985, and later in many other languages, it is used throughout the LDS Church. This article refers to the English version. The book was published on the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first LDS hymnbook, compiled by Emma Smith in 1835. Previous hymnbooks used by the church include The Manchester Hymnal (1840), The Psalmody (1889), Songs of Zion (1908), Hymns (1927), and Hymns (1948).
Songs of the 1985 Hymnbook
Hymns of the Restoration 1-61
|#1||Parley P Pratt||George Careless||The Morning Breaks|
|#2||William W Phelps||Anon.||The Spirit of God||1836 Kirtland Temple Dedication / 1835 Hymnal|
|#3||William W Phelps||Henry Tucker||Now Let Us Rejoice||1835 Hymnal|
|#4||Parley P Pratt||Alexander Schreiner||Truth Eternal|
Praise and Thanksgiving 62-96
|#86||Stuart K Hine||Swedish folk melody||How Great Thou Art||Copyright:1953|
Prayer and Supplication 97-168
|#113||Edward Hart||Crawford Gates||Our Savior's Love||Copyright:1977|
Special Topcs 215-298
|#215||Alfred Tennyson||Crawford Gates||Ring Out, Wild Bells||Copyright:1948|