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Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the official hymn book of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It was published in 1985 in English, and later into editions in various languages. It is used throughout the church globally. The bulk of this article deals with the English version.

Each hymn is given a number, which is approximately the page it is on, so while they are appropriately known as "Hymn numbers" they are sometimes incorrectly referred to as "Page numbers". This is because some hymns occupy more than one page in the book, and others occupy may occupy half a page.

A few of the hymns have the same text, and even the same title, but put to different sets of music.

Contents

Divisions

There are multiple sections to the hymn book, the largest being the hymns themselves. At the beginning is a message from the First Presidency of the church, encouraging church members to use the hymn book at meetings and in their homes to invite the spirit and to teach doctrine.

According to the table of contents, the book is divided into sections of different kinds of hymns based on the themes.

  • 1-61 are labeled as "Restoration"
  • 62-96 "Praise and Thanksgiving"
  • 97-168 "Prayer and Supplication"
  • 169-196 "Sacrament" (These songs are typically sung by the congregation before the Sacrament is performed. They set the mood for the Sacrament.)
  • 197-200 "Easter"
  • 201-214 "Christmas"
  • 215-298 "Special Topics"
  • 299-308 "Children's Songs"
  • 309-318 "For Women"
  • 319-337 "For Men"
  • 338-341 "Patriotic"

After the hymns there is a section which briefly illustrates how to conduct music in the different time schemes.

Then there are multiple indexes. The hymns are listed according to the names of the authors of the texts, the names of the composers of the music, the meters of the music, the names of the tunes, the scriptures referenced, and the names of the hymns and their first lines.

Format of each hymn

Each hymn, with the exception of the gender specific arrangements, are written with the treble clef and the bass clef. Most of them are arranged in SATB format. Some congregational members sing in parts, some do not, it is up to them. The meter (in beats per minute)is listed on the page, along with an indication of the appropriate mood for the song such as "joyfully", "reflectively", "with vigor", etc. Beneath the hymn is listed the author, composer, and any arranger along with the years of birth and death (if applicable), and any special notes regarding the copyright of the hymn. There is also listed a few scriptures which either are part of the text of the hymn, or share a similar theme as the hymn.

Recordings

The church has also released sets of CDs of the hymn book in audio format. One set is instrumental of each hymn, which is primarily used by congregations that do not have a piano/organ or people skilled to play them. A CD player is used in the meetings to provide the music. The other set of CDs has all the hymns sung by a small group of people with a piano or organ. This is used primarily so that church members can have religious music in their home, as well as to familiarize church members with all the hymns.

List of Hymns and their numbers

  • 1. The Morning Breaks; words by Parley P. Pratt, music by George Careless
  • 2. The Spirit of God; words by William W. Phelps
  • 3. Now Let Us Rejoice; words by William W. Phelps
  • 4. Truth Eternal; words by Parley P. Pratt
  • 5. High On A Mountain Top; music by Ebenezer Beesley
  • 6. Redeemer of Israel; words by William W. Phelps, adapted from Joseph Swain
  • 7. Israel, Israel, God Is Calling
  • 8. Awake and Arise
  • 9. Come, Rejoice
  • 10 Come, Sing to the Lord
  • 11. What Was Witnessed in the Heavens?
  • 12.'Twas Witnessed in the Morning Sky
  • 13. And Angel from on High; words by Parley P. Pratt,
  • 14. Sweet Is the Peace the Gospel Brings
  • 15. I Saw a Mighty Angel Fly
  • 16. What Glorious Scenes Mine Eyes Behold; music by Ebenezer Beesley
  • 17. Awake, Ye Saints of God, Awake!; words by Eliza R. Snow
  • 18. The Voice of God Again is Heard
  • 19. We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet
  • 20. God of Power, God of Right
  • 21. Come, Listen to a Prophet's Voice; words by Bruce R. McConkie
  • 22. We Listen to a Prophet's Voice
  • 23. We Ever Pray for Thee
  • 24. God Bless Our Prophet Dear
  • 25. Now We'll Sing With One Accord; words by William W. Phelps
  • 26. Joseph Smith's First Prayer; words by George Manwaring
  • 27. Praise to the Man; words by William Wines Phelps
  • 28. Saints, Behold How Great Jehovah
  • 29. A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief
  • 30. Come, Come, Ye Saints; words by William Clayton
  • 31. O God, Our Help in Ages Past; words by Isaac Watts
  • 32. The Happy Day at Last Has Come; music by Ebenezer Beesley
  • 33. Our Mountain Home So Dear
  • 34. O Ye Mountains High
  • 35. For the Strength of the Hills
  • 36. They, the Builders of the Nation
  • 37. The Wintry Day, Descending to Its Close; words by Orson F. Whitney, music by Edward P. Kimball
  • 38. Come, All Ye Saints of Zion; words by William Wines Phelps
  • 39. O Saints of Zion
  • 40. Arise, O Glorious Zion; music by George Careless
  • 41. Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise
  • 42. Hail to the Brightness of Zion's glad Morning!
  • 43. Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded
  • 44. Beautiful Zion, Built Above
  • 45. Lead Me Into Life Eternal
  • 46. Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken
  • 47. We Will Sing of Zion
  • 48. Glorious Things Are Sung of Zion; words by William Wines Phelps
  • 49. Adam-ondi-Ahman; words by William Wines Phelps
  • 50. Come, Though Glorious Day of Promise
  • 51. Sons of Michael, he Approaches
  • 52. The Day Dawn is Breaking
  • 53. Let Earth's Inhabitants Rejoice
  • 54. Behold, the Mountain of the Lord
  • 55. Lo, the Mighty God Appearing!
  • 56. Softly Beams the Sacred Dawning
  • 57. We're Not Ashamed to Own Our Lord; words by William Wines Phelps
  • 58. Come, Ye Children of the Lord
  • 59. Come, O Thou King of Kings; words by Parley P. Pratt,
  • 60. Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • 61. Raise Your Voice to the Lord
  • 62. All creatures of Our God and King; words by St. Francis of Assisi, translation by William H. Draper
  • 63. Great King of Heaven
  • 64. On This Day of Joy and Gladness
  • 65. Come, All ye Saints Who Dwell on Earth; words by William Wines Phelps
  • 66. Rejoice, the Lord Is King!
  • 67. Glory to God on High
  • 68. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; words by Martin Luther, music attributed to Martin Luther
  • 69. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
  • 70. Sing Praise to Him
  • 71. With Songs of Praise
  • 72. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
  • 73. Praise the Lord with Heart and Voice
  • 74. Praise Ye the Lord; words by Isaac Watts
  • 75. In Hymns of Praise
  • 76. God of Our Fathers, We Come unto Thee; music by Ebenezer Beesley
  • 77. Great Is the Lord; words by Eliza R. Snow, music by Ebenezer Beesley
  • 78. God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand
  • 79. With All the Power of Heart and Tongue; words by Isaac Watts
  • 80. God of Our Fathers, Known of Old
  • 81. Press Forward, Saints
  • 82. For All the Saints
  • 83. Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah
  • 84. Faith of Our Fathers
  • 85. How Firm a Foundation
  • 86. How Great Thou Art
  • 87. God Is Love
  • 88. Great God, Attend While Zion Sings; words by Isaac Watts
  • 89. The Lord Is My Light
  • 90. from All That Dwell below the Skies; words by Isaac Watts
  • 91. Father, Thy Children to Thee Now Raise
  • 92. For the Beauty of the Earth
  • 93. Prayer of Thanksgiving
  • 94. Come, Ye Thankful People
  • 95. Now Thank We All Our God
  • 96. Dearest Children, God is Near You
  • 97. Lead, Kindly Light
  • 98. I Need Thee Every Hour
  • 99. Nearer, Dear Savior, to Thee
  • 100. Nearer My God to Thee
  • 101. Guide Me to Thee
  • 102. Jesus, Lover of My Soul
  • 103. Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer
  • 104. Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me
  • 105. Master, the Tempest Is Raging
  • 106. God Speed the Right
  • 107. Lord, Accept Our True Devotion
  • 108. The Lord Is My Shepherd
  • 109. The Lord My pasture Will Prepare
  • 110. Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord
  • 111. Rock of Ages
  • 112. Savior, Redeemer of My Soul; words by Orson F. Whitney, music by Harry A. Dean
  • 113. Our Savior's Love
  • 114. Come Unto Him
  • 115. Come, Ye Disconsolate
  • 116. Come, Follow Me
  • 117. Come Unto Jesus
  • 118. Ye Simple Souls Who Stray
  • 119. Come, We That Love the Lord; words by Isaac Watts
  • 120. Lean on My Ample Arm
  • 121. I'm a Pilgrim, I'm a Stranger
  • 122. Though Deepening Trials; words by Eliza R. Snow, music by George Careless
  • 123. Oh, May My Soul Commune With Thee
  • 124. Be Still, My Soul; words by Katharina von Schlegel, translation by Jane Borthwick, music by Jean Sibelius
  • 125. How Gentle God's Commands
  • 126. How Long, O Lord Most Holy and True; words by John A. Widtsoe, music by B. Cecil Gates
  • 127. Does the Journey Seem Long?; words by Joseph Fielding Smith music by George D. Pyper
  • 128. When Faith Endures
  • 129. Where Can I Turn for Peace?
  • 130. Be Thu Humble
  • 131. More Holiness Give Me
  • 132. God Is in His Holy Temple
  • 133. Father in Heaven
  • 134. I Believe in Christ, words by Bruce R. McConkie
  • 135. My Redeemer Lives; words by Gordon B. Hinckley, music by G. Homer Durham
  • 136. I Know That My Redeemer Lives
  • 137. Testimony
  • 138. Bless Our Fast, We Pray
  • 139. In Fasting We Approach Thee; music by Clay Christiansen
  • 140. Did You Think to Pray?
  • 141. Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
  • 142. Sweet Hour of Prayer
  • 143. Let the Holy Spirit Guide
  • 144. Secret Prayer
  • 145. Prayer Is the Soul's Sincere Desire; music by George Careless
  • 146. Gently Raise the Sacred Strain; words by William Wines Phelps
  • 147. Sweet Is the Work; words by Isaac Watts
  • 148. Sabbath Day
  • 149. As the Dew from Heaven Distilling
  • 150. O Thou Kind and Gracious Father; music by George Careless
  • 151. We Meet, Dear Lord
  • 152. God Be with You Till We Meet Again
  • 153. Lord, We Ask Thee Ere We Part; words by George Manwaring, music by Ebenezer Beesley
  • 154. Father, This Hour Has Been One of Joy
  • 155. We Have Partaken of Thy Love
  • 156. Sing We Now at Parting; words by George Manwaring, music by Ebenezer Beesley
  • 157. Thy Spirit, Lord, Has Stirred Our Souls
  • 158. Before Thee, Lord, I Bow My Head
  • 159. Now the Day Is Over
  • 160. Softly Now the Light of Day
  • 161. The Lord Be with Us
  • 162. Lord, We Come Before Thee Now
  • 163. Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing; words by John Fawcett, music by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • 164. Great God, to Thee My Evening Song
  • 165. Abide With me; 'Tis Eventide
  • 166. Abide with Me!
  • 167. Come, Let Us Sing an Evening Hymn; words by William Wines Phelps
  • 168. As the Shadows Fall
  • 169. As Now We Take the Sacrament
  • 170. God, Our Father, Hear Us Pray
  • 171. With Humble Heart
  • 172. In Humility, Our Savior
  • 173. While of These Emblems We Partake
  • 174. While of These Emblems We Partake
  • 175. O God, the Eternal Father; words by William Wines Phelps
  • 176. 'Tis Sweet to Sing the Matchless Love; words by George Manwaring
  • 177. 'Tis Sweet to Sing the Matchless Love; words by George Manwaring, music by Ebenezer Beesley
  • 178. O Lord of Hosts; music by George Careless
  • 179. Again, Our Dear Redeeming Lord
  • 180. Father in Heaven, We Do Believe; words by Parley P. Pratt,
  • 181. Jesus of Nazareth, Savior and King
  • 182. We'll Sing All Hail to Jesus' Name
  • 183. In Remembrance of Thy Suffering
  • 184. Upon the Cross of Calvary
  • 185. Reverently and Meekly Now; music by Ebenezer Beesley
  • 186. Again We Meet Around the Board; words by Eliza R. Snow music by George Careless
  • 187. God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son
  • 188. Thy Will, O Lord, Be Done
  • 189. O Thou, Before the World Began
  • 190. In Memory of the Crucified
  • 191. Behold the Great Redeemer Die; music by George Careless
  • 192. He Died! The Great Redeemer Died; words by Isaac Watts, music by George Careless
  • 193. I Stand All Amazed
  • 194. There is a Green Hill Far Away
  • 195. How Great the Wisdom and the Love; words by Eliza R. Snow
  • 196. Jesus, Once of Humble Birth; words by Parley P. Pratt,
  • 197. O Savior, Thou Who Wearest a Crown; words by Karen Lynn Davidson, music by Hans Leo Hassler, adapted by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • 198. That Easter Morn
  • 199. He is Risen!
  • 200. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
  • 201. Joy to the World; words by Isaac Watts, altered by William Wines Phelps
  • 202. Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful
  • 203. Angels We Have Heard on High
  • 204. Silent Night
  • 205. Once in Royal David's City
  • 206. Away in a Manger
  • 207. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  • 208. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • 209. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
  • 210. With Wondering Awe
  • 211. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
  • 212. Far, Far Away on Judea's Plains
  • 213. The First Noel
  • 214. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  • 215. Ring Out, Wild Bells
  • 216. We Are Sowing
  • 217. Come, Let Us Anew
  • 218. We Give Thee But Thine Own
  • 219. Because I Have Been Given Much
  • 220. Lord, I Would Follow Thee
  • 221. Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd
  • 222. Hear Thou Our Hymn, O Lord
  • 223. Have I Done Any Good?
  • 224. I Have Work Enough to Do
  • 225. We Are Marching On to Glory
  • 226. Improve the Shining Moments
  • 227. There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today
  • 228. You Can Make the Pathway Bright
  • 229. Today, While the Sun Shines
  • 230. Scatter Sunshine
  • 231. Father, Cheer Our Souls Tonight
  • 232. Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words; music by Ebenezer Beesley
  • 233. Nay, Speak No Ill
  • 234. Jesus, Mighty King in Zion
  • 235. Should You Feel Inclined to Censure
  • 236. Lord, Accept into Thy Kingdom
  • 237. Do What Is Right
  • 238. Behold Thy Sons and Daughters, Lord; words by Parley P. Pratt,
  • 239. Choose the Right
  • 240. Know This, That Every Soul Is Free
  • 241. Count Your Blessings
  • 242. Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
  • 243. Let Us All Press On
  • 244. Come Along, Come Along
  • 245. This House We Dedicate to Thee
  • 246. Onward, Christian Soldiers
  • 247. We Love Thy House, O God
  • 248. Up, Awake Ye Defenders of Zion
  • 249. Called to Serve
  • 250. We Are All Enlisted
  • 251. Behold! A Royal Army
  • 252. Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel
  • 253. Like Ten Thousand Legions Marching
  • 254. True to the Faith
  • 255. Carry On
  • 256. As Zion's Youth In Latter Days
  • 257. Rejoice! A Glorious Sound Is Heard
  • 258. O Thou Rock of Our Salvation
  • 259. Hope of Israel
  • 260. Who's on the Lord's Side?
  • 261. Thy Servants Are Prepared
  • 262. Go, Ye Messengers of Glory
  • 263. Go Forth with Faith
  • 264. Hark, All Ye Nations!
  • 265. Arise, O God, and Shine
  • 266. The Time Is Far Spent; words by Eliza R. Snow
  • 267. How Wondrous and Great
  • 268. Come, All Whose Souls are Lighted
  • 269. Jehovah, Lord of Heaven and Earth
  • 270. I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go
  • 271. Oh, Holy Words of Truth and Love
  • 272. Oh Say, What Is Truth?
  • 273. Truth Reflects Upon Our Senses; words by Eliza R. Snow
  • 274. The Iron Rod
  • 275. Men Are That They Might Have Joy
  • 276. Come Away to Sunday School
  • 277. As I Search the Holy Scriptures
  • 278. Thanks for the Sabbath School
  • 279. The Holy Word
  • 280. Welcome, Welcome, Sabbath Morning; music by Ebenezer Beesley
  • 281. Help Me Teach with Inspiration
  • 282. We Meet Again in Sabbath School; words by George Manwaring, music by Ebenezer Beesley
  • 283. The Glorious Gospel Light Has Shone
  • 284. If You Could Hie to Kolob; words by William Wines Phelps
  • 285. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
  • 286. Oh, What Songs of the Heart
  • 287. Rise, Ye Saints, and Temples Enter
  • 288. How Beautiful Thy Temples, Lord
  • 289. Holy Temples on Mount Zion
  • 290. Rejoice, Ye Saints of Latter Days
  • 291. Turn Your Hearts
  • 292. O My Father; words by Eliza R. Snow
  • 293. Each Life That Touches Ours for Good
  • 294. Love at Home
  • 295. O Love That Glorifies the Son
  • 296. Our Father, by Whose Name
  • 297. From Homes of Saints Glad Songs Arise
  • 298. Home Can Be a Heaven on Earth
  • 299. Children of Our Heavenly Father
  • 300. Families Can Be Together Forever
  • 301. I Am a Child of God
  • 302. I Know My Father Lives
  • 303. Keep the Commandemnts
  • 304. Teach Me to Walk in the Light
  • 305. The Light Divine
  • 306. God's Daily Care
  • 307. In Our Lovely Deseret; words by Eliza R. Snow
  • 308. Love One Another
  • 309. As Sisters in Zion; words by Emily H. Woodmansee, music by Janice Kapp Perry
  • 310. A Key Was Turned in Latter Days
  • 311. We Meet Again As Sisters
  • 312. We Ever Pray For Thee
  • 313. God Is Love
  • 314. How Gentle God's Commands
  • 315. Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
  • 316. The Lord Is My Shepherd
  • 317. Sweet Is the Work; words by Isaac Watts
  • 318. Love at Home
  • 319. Ye Elders of Israel
  • 320. The Priesthood of Our Lord
  • 321. Ye Who Are Called to Labor
  • 322. Come, All Ye Sons of God
  • 323. Rise Up, O Men of God
  • 324. Rise Up, O Men of God
  • 325. See The Mighty Priesthood Gathered
  • 326. Come, Come Ye Saints; words by William Clayton
  • 327. Go, Ye Messengers of Heaven
  • 328. An Angel From on High; words by Parley P. Pratt,
  • 329. Thy Servants Are Prepared
  • 330. See, The Mighty Angel Flying
  • 331. Oh Say, What Is Truth?
  • 332. Come, O Thou Kings of Kings; words by Parley P. Pratt,
  • 333. High on the Mountain Top; music by Ebenezer Beesley
  • 334. I Need Thee Every Hour
  • 335. Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy
  • 336. School Thy Feelings
  • 337. O Home Beloved
  • 338. America the Beautiful
  • 339. My Country 'Tis of Thee
  • 340. The Star-Spangled Banner
  • 341. God Save the King

Other Languages

Many of the hymns are translated into other languages, and the hymn book is then published in other languages. Not all of the hymns are published in the other languages. Also, some language editions have additional hymns that are not found in the English version. Many of these are somewhat traditional songs, such as Christmas songs, or patriotic songs of the respective country.

In some hymns in some languages, the text is translated fairly literally and keeping the rhyming scheme intact. Other hymns are morphed in such a way that the rhyming scheme is pleasant, but the topic of the hymn changes entirely with the new text. Still some other hymns keep the same theme, even if the line by line text is not an exact translation.

Versions of this hymnbook are also published in at least the following languages:

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