Kirtland Temple
A National Historic Landmark

Final Hymn: Spirit of God


What better hymn to end with than the last hymn added to Emma's 1835 hymnal and the last hymn sung for the dedication of this temple?

Following a particularly memorable meeting, [1] W. W. Phelps wrote six stanzas of The Spirit of God Like a Fire is Burning. and all six were sung for the dedication of the Kirtland Temple. [2]

Coming out of the Pentecostal experiences here in Kirtland, the hymn has continued to be sung at numerous historic meetings and gatherings. It has remained a song "dear to the heart of every Latter Day Saint." [3]

Notes:

[1] Sunday, 17 January 1836, "Sketch Book for the use of Joseph Smith, Jr." (22 September to 3 April 1836), 126; Scott H. Faulring, ed., An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith (Salt Lake City, Utah: Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, 1989), 111-112. See account of meeting recorded by Joseph.

[2] Messenger and Advocate, 2 (March 1836): 280-281. See also, Smith, History of the Church, 2:426-427.

[3] Richard Clothier, "The Singing Saints: A Festival of Hymns and History," for John Whitmer Historical Association, Nauvoo, Illinois, 2002.



 

 

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