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.
Samuel Medley, who wrote the text for this hymn, was born in Cheshunt, England, in 1738. He practiced sinful and profane ways until his leg was wounded in a naval battle which led him to pray. When his prayer was answered, he repented and lived for the Lord. Latter-day Saint Lewis D. Edwards wrote the melody we now associate with this hymn.