#57 We’re Not Ashamed to Own Our Lord

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1. We’re not ashamed to own our Lord
And worship him on earth.
We love to learn his holy word
And know what souls are worth.

2. When Jesus comes in burning flame
To recompense the just,
The world will know the only name
In which the Saints can trust.

3. When he comes down from heav’n to earth
With all his holy band,
Before creation’s second birth,
We hope with him to stand.

4. He then will give us a new name,
With robes of righteousness,
And, in the New Jerusalem,
Eternal happiness.

Text: William W. Phelps, 1792-1872, alt. Included in the first LDS hymnbook, 1835.
Music: John Longhurst, b. 1940. (c) 1985 IRI

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: William W Phelps

Music By: John Longhurst

William Wines Phelps (February 17, 1792 – March 7, 1872) was an early leader of the Latter Day Saint movement. He was an assistant president of the church in Missouri, scribe to Joseph Smith, Jr., and a church printer, editor, and song-writer.

In the early part of 1835, he and his son Waterman were called to Kirtland, where they made their home with the family of the Prophet Joseph Smith and assisted a committee appointed to compile the Book of Doctrine and Covenants. About this time, Elder Phelps subscribed USD$500 toward the erection of theKirtland Temple. Phelps was the author of eleven popular early Latter Day Saint hymns. In Kirtland, Ohio, he helped print the first Latter Day Saint hymnal in 1835, which included “The Spirit of God Like a Fire Is Burning“, which was sung at the dedication of the Kirtland Temple. He was also instrumental in printing the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants.