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.
The text for Adam-ondi-Ahman was written by William Wine Phelps and was included in the first LDS Hymnbook in 1835. The tune is an anonymous melody taken from a popular Christian songbook Southern Harmony, published in 1835. This song was sung at the dedication of the Kirtland temple.