Saturday, November 12, 2016
LDS Hymn #24
This is a hymn I know I know, but if asked to hum the tune, couldn't do so without the music. Yet it is another good prophet song, with another prayer for our prophet. Included in that prayer is that others will hear his words, throughout the world, and that it will help us be united.
From the history book
The poem first appeared in 1855, but the words were a little altered since then. There was another verse, which was first, and which applied mostly to Utah Saints. To be more universal with the worldwide Church, they left that verse out (and thus had to change the tune title from "Our God, We Raise to Thee" to the current). Other changes were more for grammar or singability. The tune name is Ephraim, because the composer is from that town in Utah. The tune was submitted for the 1948 hymnal, but did not make it in. When matched with this text, it was then included in our current hymnal.