History of Hymns investigates the inception and evolution of the hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The episodes include the history and progression of both the music and the text and feature interesting stories surrounding the creators and others involved in the development of a hymn. Also included are stories surrounding the performance or inclusion of the hymn in a variety of settings.
From an early age, Annie Sherwood Hawks read avidly and wrote poetry. After she married, her pastor--Dr. Robert S. Lowry--offered to write music if she would write words for songs. They coauthored "I Need Thee Every Hour," and it was published in 1873.