William Wines Phelps was born in New Jersey on February 17, 1792. He grew up and became a part of "The Second Great Awakening," in which the fervor towards Christianity in America witnessed a tremendous spike. He purchased a Book of Mormon from Parley P. Pratt and became a convert to the Church shortly thereafter. Brother Phelps was put in charge of the first Latter-day Saint periodical, the Evening and Morning Star, in 1832. Twenty-nine hymns written by him were published in the first edition of the Church's hymnal. One of his most influential hymns, "The Spirit of God," was sung at the Kirtland Temple dedication. It continues to be sung at every temple dedication to this day.