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Hymns and Hymnbooks of the Restoration

A new exhibit on the Foundations of the Restoration is on display now in L. Tom Perry Special Collections. The title of the exhibit is ‘My Soul Delighteth in the Song of the Heart’: Hymns and Hymnbooks of the Restoration, and items on display include a copy of the first LDS hymnbook produced by Emma Smith and William W. Phelps in 1835, as well as letters from Phelps to his wife Sally where he mentions his work on the hymnbook and hymns sung at the dedication of the Kirtland Temple. Also included are the January 1836 issue of the Messenger and Advocate where The Spirit of God (formerly titled “Hosanna to God and the Lamb” by Phelps) was first published prior to being sung at the Kirtland Temple dedication in March 1836; a manuscript version of the revelation that is now Section 84 of the Doctrine and Covenants, where “The New Song of the Redemption of Zion” is found; a pamphlet of early poems and hymns by Parley P. Pratt; and an 1844 unauthorized LDS hymnbook that was the first to include music.

This exhibit will be on display in the Reading Room in Special Collections from November 7 – December 16. Come see this new exhibit and learn more about the history of early LDS hymns and hymnbooks!