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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.

After William Wines Phelps personally aided the Prophet Joseph Smith in the translation of the book of Abraham, he took one of the central themes of “Kolob,” a star nearest unto the throne of God, which also symbolized “first creation,” and wrote the now-popular hymn “If You Could Hie to Kolob.” 

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