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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 Wines Phelps has 26 hymns to his credit, including "Praise to the Man" and "The Spirit of God." He served as the personal scribe to Joseph Smith and worked with Emma Smith in revising, organizing, and publishing the first hymnal in 1836.

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