#154 Father, This Hour Has Been One of Joy

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Father, this hour has been one of joy;
We thank thee for thy many blessings.
Our hearts are filled with thy gracious love
And thy tender caring.

Text: Nan Greene Hunter, b. 1938. (c) 1985 IRI
Music: Lynn R. Shurtleff, b. 1939. (c) 1985 IRI

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: Nan Greene Hunter

Nan Greene Hunter (born 1938) is a Latter-day Saint hymn writer. Her hymn “Father, This Hour Has Been One of Joy” is hymn #154 in the 1985 English-language version of the hymnal ofThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Born Nan Greene in Salt Lake City, Utah, she married Richard Allen Hunter in 1961. Richard was a son of Howard W. Hunter who would later serve as president of the LDS Church. At the time, Howard Hunter was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and he officiated at Nan and Richard’s wedding in the Salt Lake Temple on December 8, 1961.[1] It was also in 1961 that Nan graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a degree in zoology. She has also been an owner and director of a private elementary school.[2]

Richard Hunter received his bachelors degree from BYU and a law degree from the University of California, Berkley. After working for several law firms he set up his own San Jose, California-based law firms.

At various times Nan Hunter has served as a ward primary or young women president. From 1996 to 1999 she served as a missionary with her husband as he presided over the New Zealand Auckland Mission of the LDS Church. Beginning in late 2008, she served as matron of the Oakland California Temple as Richard served as president of that temple.

In 1991 Nan Hunter received the Silicon Valley Women’s Club Women of Achievement award, and she was an honored emerita of the BYU Alumni Association in 2009.[3]

Music By: Lynn R. Shurtleff