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History of Hymns

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.

William Clayton was born in 1814 in northwestern England. At age 22 he joined the Church, as did his wife. In April 1846, Brother Clayton was a member of the first company of Mormon pioneers to trek to Utah. During the journey he composed new text to the music of a recently-popularized song, "All Is Well."

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