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What Hymns Early Mormons Sang and How They Sang Them
May 21, 2018
Article of the Week
What Hymns Early Mormons Sang and How They Sang Them
Author Michael Hicks,

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by Michael Hicks that was published in issue 47:1. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

Hymns eloquently portray the faith of those who sing them. In 1827, Alexander Campbell put it well: a hymnbook is "as good an index to the brains and to the hearts of a people as the creed book." But while all hymns represent themselves equally in the index of a hymnbook, some hymns are sung far more often than others—and many hymns in a hymnbook are seldom, if ever, sung. So, if we want to understand early Mormons, we should want to know not just what hymns they published but what and how they actually sang.