#137 Testimony

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1. The witness of the Holy Ghost,
As borne by those who know,
Has lifted me again to thee,
O Father of my soul.

2. I know that thou art in the heav’n.
I know the Savior reigns.
I know a prophet speaks to us
For our eternal gain.

3. My eyes are wet; my heart is full.
The Spirit speaks today.
O Lord, wilt thou my life renew
And in my bosom stay.

4. As testimony fills my heart,
It dulls the pain of days.
For one brief moment, heaven’s view
Appears before my gaze.

Text: Loren C. Dunn, 1930-2001. (c) 1985 IRI
Music: Michael Finlinson Moody, b. 1941. (c) 1985 IRI

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: Loren C. Dunn

Loren Charles Dunn (12 June 1930 – 16 May 2001) was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1968 until his death.[1]

Dunn was born in TooeleUtah. He served a mission for the LDS Church to Australia from 1954-1956. He married Sharon Longden, a daughter of John Longden. Dunn earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and economics from Brigham Young University. While at BYU Dunn was also on the Basketball Team that won the National Invitation Tournament in 1951. He later earned a master’s degree in public relations from Boston University. At the time of his call as a general authority he was living in Natick, Massachusetts and working in Boston.

After Dunn became a member of the seven-man First Council of the Seventy in 1968, he served in several key church positions. He was the managing director of the church’s Missionary Department in 1974.[2] In the early 1980s, he served as director of the Adult Curriculum Department of the church. Dunn was an inaugural member of the newly-created First Quorum of the Seventy in 1976 and he was also thepresident of the church’s Australia Sydney Mission for three years.

Dunn served as president of several areas of the church in North America. In 1984, he was the president of the North America Northwest Area.[3] Later while he was serving as president of the North America Central Area he also served as president of Nauvoo Restoration, Inc.[4]

In October 2000, Dunn was given general authority emeritus status. He was called that same month as the first president of the Boston Massachusetts Temple. He served in this position until his death from cancer in a Boston hospital.

Dunn wrote the words to the hymn “Testimony”, which is #137 in the 1985 English edition of the LDS Church hymnal.

Among Dunn’s published works is Prepare Now to Succeed on Your Mission (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1977).[5]

Dunn and his wife Sharon were the parents of three children.

Music By: Michael Finlinson