#157 Thy Spirit, Lord, Has Stirred Our Souls

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1. Thy Spirit, Lord, has stirred our souls,
And by its inward shining glow
We see anew our sacred goals
And feel thy nearness here below.
No burning bush near Sinai
Could show thy presence, Lord, more nigh.

2. “Did not our hearts within us burn?”
We know the Spirit’s fire is here.
It makes our souls for service yearn;
It makes the path of duty clear.
Lord, may it prompt us, day by day,
In all we do, in all we say.

Text: Frank I. Kooyman, 1880-1963. (c) 1948 IRI
Music: Alexander Schreiner, 1901-1987. (c) 1948 IRI

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: Frank I. Kooyman

Frank Iemke Kooyman (November 12, 1880 – September 13, 1963) was a hymnwriter who wrote several hymns used by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Kooyman was born in TerschellingWest Frisian IslandsNetherlands on November 12, 1880. He moved to Amsterdam in 1897, and was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1899. From 1902 to 1905 he served as an LDS missionary in the Netherlands. Kooyman spent most of his adult life living in Utah.

In 1929 he returned to the Netherlands as mission president and served in this capacity for four years, residing there with his wife and three chilfren. He wrote many articles that were published in the local press while in this capacity.

While mission president, Kooyman translated at least fifty hymns into Dutch and published a Dutch hymnal. He later assisted in making new Dutch translations of the Book of Mormon,Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. He translated the temple ordinances into Dutch.

Kooyman worked in the office of the Church Historian on his return from the Netherlands. He was on the committee that compiled the 1948 English hymnal of the LDS Church.

In the current English edition of the hymnal are the following hymns for which Kooyman wrote the text:

  • “In Memory of the Crucified” (hymn # 190)
  • “How Beautiful Thy Temples Lord” (hymn # 288)
  • “Thy Spirit Lord, Has Stirred Our Souls” (hymn # 157)
  • “Thy Will, O Lord, Be Done” (hymn # 188)

Music By: Alexander Schreiner

Alexander Schreiner (July 31, 1901 – September 15, 1987) was one of the most noted organists of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. He also wrote the music to several LDS hymns, several of which are in the current edition of the hymn book of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Besides his many hymns, Schriener wrote a book entitled Organ Voluntaries.

Schriener wrote the music to the following hymns in the 1985 English edition of the Latter-day Saint hymnal:

  • Truth Eternal (#4)
  • Lead Me Into Life Eternal (#45)
  • Thy Spirit, Lord, Has Stirred Our Souls (#157)
  • While of These Emblems We Partake (Aeolian) (#174)
  • God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son (#187)
  • In Memory of the Crucified (#190)
  • Lord, Accept into thy Kingdom (#236)
  • Behold Thy Sons and Daughters Lord (#238)
  • Holy Temples on Mount Zion (#289)