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Our “'Favoritest' Hymn of All” poll was so popular, I thought another mini poll would be fun.
With the Fourth of July next week, you’ve probably been singing patriotic hymns in sacrament meeting lately. I LOVE these hymns and wish we would sing them all year long. I have a favorite, but I want to know yours.
Vote for your favorite patriotic hymn below.
The votes are in and we have a “favoritest” hymn. Congratulations to …
I Know that My Redeemer Lives
I’m not really surprised this classic hymn won, but I am intrigued with the first runner-up, Come, Thou Fount. It only lost by one percent of the total votes, so clearly it’s a popular hymn. But the funny thing is, it’s not actually in the current hymnbook.
Come, Thou Fount was the most requested write-in hymn from round one of voting, so we added it to the list of others. But if it’s not even in the hymn book, why is it so popular?
The answer is, it used to be, so a lot of members are familiar with this hymn and still consider it a favorite. When the newest version of the hymnbook was printed in 1985, Come Thou Fount was missing. The Church wrote an article in the Ensign about the changes, but there wasn’t a reason as to why specific hymns made the cut and others didn’t. Here’s what they had to say:
“Just as some hymns have been added to the book, some have also been deleted. ‘Through the years a number of hymns have only rarely been sung,’ said Elder Pinnock. ‘Wanting to keep the book to a reasonable size, and needing to add new hymns, we felt it would be wise to remove some of the little-used hymns.’ Members may want to keep their old hymnbooks as a treasure, Brother Moody suggested, and continue to sing the hymns they love that may not appear in the new book. …
Last night I couldn't sleep. Sometime around 3:00 a.m., I tired of tossing and resorted to watching videos of what many girls were already peacefully dreaming about: Jimmer Fredette. Thanks to the new followjimmer.com (new content posted daily!), I found a constant stream of videos to entertain and inform me during my wakeful vigil. And thanks to all those videos, I am now a perfectly qualified Jimmer expert, just in time for the NBA draft this Thursday. I now present to you my top six Fredettrivia:
1. When Jimmer doesn't have enough friends to play basketball with him, he uses trash cans to stand in for the other players.
2. Even famous people go through an ugly duckling stage—his brother used to call him “Cheeks” because of his chubby facial features and then John Goodman (after the actor) and Clemenza (from the Godfather).
3. Jimmer owns more shoes than I do. “Living simple” and “as compact as I can” includes—just from what I counted in one video—13 pairs of athletic shoes, one set of church shoes, and one pair of sandals (worn with socks).
4. Eating healthy includes tortilla chips, organic toaster pastries, and chocolate milk. Don't worry though, the Diet Coke in his fridge was only stocked there to keep his girlfriend, Whitney (also featured in some of the videos), happy.
Is it just me, or was Round 2 tough? With two great hymns battling it out against each other, I just didn’t know how to pick! But I did, and so did you, and we’ve narrowed it down to six “favoritest” hymns. I imagine this is going to be the toughest competition of all, picking one hymn out of six incredible ones.
So vote for your favorite to determine once and for all The ‘Favoritest’ Hymn of All!