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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.

In October 1831, after being instructed to purchase a printing press in Missouri, W. W. Phelps published his adaptation of a poem titled, "O Thou in Whose Presence My Soul Takes Delight" which he called "Redeemer of Israel" in the first issue of The Evening and Morning Star.