Only a few days after her baptism, the Lord revealed to Emma Smith, “It shall be given thee, also, to make a selection of sacred hymns”. Beginning in 1832, some of the hymns she chose were published in the Church’s newspaper, which a full hymnbook coming out in 1835 and another in 1841.

Some of the hymns Emma chose are still in our hymnbook today, but some are not. There is still much to be learned from the lyrics of those original hymn choices that we may not sing anymore.