John Nicholson is the lyricist of well-known hymns “Come, Follow Me” (#116) and “While of These Emblems We Partake” (#173, #174), which were included in the 1985 Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Nicholson was born on July 13, 1839, in St. Boswell’s, Roxburghshire, Scotland. He was baptized on April 8, 1861, and served three missions to the British Isles. One of his missions was primarily to help with the publication of the Millennial Star. He also assisted Orson Pratt in preparing the 1879 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants for printing in England.
He died on January 25, 1909.