Kirtland Temple
A National Historic Landmark

First Hymn Selections

On 1 May 1832 W. W. Phelps was given the task to "correct and print the Hymns which had been selected by Emma Smith, in fulfillment of the revelation." [1] The first issue of The Evening and the Morning Star came off Phelps' press in June. "Redeemer of Israel" was among the six hymns printed in this issue.

Inspired by a hymn by Joseph Swain, Phelps rewrote the song capturing "both the excitement and struggles of the new movement," [2] comparing the trials of the church to those of the ancient Hebrews. [3]

Transcriptions of the following are available:


[1] Joseph Smith, Manuscript History, 1839, A-1, LDS Church Archives, Salt Lake City; Dean C. Jessee, ed., Papers of Joseph Smith, 1 (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company, 1989), 381-382.

[2] Richard Clothier, “The Singing Saints: A Festival of Hymns and History,” for meeting during John Whitmer Historical Association, 2002.

[3] Roy A. Cheville, They Sang of the Restoration: Stories of Latter Day Saint Hymns (Independence, Missouri: Herald House, 1955), 33.




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