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Hi. My name is Spencer Mangum and I arrange hymns on the piano in my spare time. These songs are completely free and are here for you. The only thing I get out of doing this is the hope that other people will enjoy it. As I am LDS (aka mormon), a number of my arrangements are specific to my faith. However, I also have a number of arrangements of other traditional hymns that are common among most Christian denominations. If you like what you find here, please share this website with your friends. Also, please leave comments. It's the only way I know if you enjoy it or not.

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Joseph Smith Medley



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This medley incorporates: "Joseph Smith's First Prayer", "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief", and "Praise to the Man".

"Joseph Smith's First Prayer" was written in 1878 by English LDS convert George Manwaring (1854-1889). Manwaring wrote this hymn after seeing a painting depicting the first vision that was deeply moving to him. The text of this hymn is set to the music "Divinity" by American composer Sylvanus Billings Pond (1792-1871), who died prior to the text's composition. The version of "Divinity" used in LDS hymnbooks is actually an adaptation by A.C. Smith (1840-1909), with some slight variation from the original music of "Divinity". (1) The full text and music in SATB format for this hymn can be found here.

"A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" was written in 1826 by James Montgomery (1771-1854). It was originally written as a poem titled "The Stranger" and was not intended to be set to music. Sometime after this, a devout English Methodist Preacher named George Coles (1792-1858) set Montgomery's words to music, creating the hymn "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief". (2) The full text and music in SATB format for this hymn can be found here.

"Praise to the Man" was written in 1844 by LDS convert W.W. Phelps (1792-1872). Phelps wrote this hymn in honor of Joseph Smith shortly after his martyrdom. Notably, for a time Phelps left the LDS church and declared himself an enemy to the Prophet Joseph Smith. In 1840, Phelps returned to the LDS Church. In asking Joseph Smith if he could forgive him, Joseph replied "Come on, dear brother, since the war is past. Friends at first, are again friends at last". (3) The music of this hymn is from a popular Scottish folk song. The full text and music in SATB format for this hymn can be found here.

In this arrangement, I chose these three hymns to depict three distinct and defining times of Joseph Smith's life. The first hymn ("Joseph Smith's First Prayer") describes Joseph's experience as a young man, seeing in vision both God the Father and Jesus Christ. This experience was the first of many that led to Joseph being called as a prophet of God, through whom Jesus Christ's gospel was restored. The second hymn ("A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief"), was a favorite hymn of Joseph Smith's and was sung to him by a friend just moments prior to his murder at the hands of a mob (see martyrdom for details). The third hymn ("Praise to the Man") transitions to the time beyond Joseph's death. In this part of the arrangement, I envision the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ (as restored by Joseph Smith) being spread throughout the world, where "millions shall know 'Brother Joseph' again".



73 comments:

  1. This is my faviorite! I have a cd from my mission with it and 3 other songs of yours. im excited i can get more now. I am going to add a Link to your site on mine this week

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  2. http://taylorsculpture.com/Links.aspx
    if you want to see the link i added for you on my page

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  3. i love playing your arrangements!!! If you have a more in music form i would love to play more. Or if you have them in book form i would love to buy the book!! you are a and amazing!!

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  4. Thanks! I'm sorry I don't have more of my arrangements written out, but it is something I am working on.(Slowly though, it unfortunately takes a long time for me.)

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  5. Hi - we don't know you, but my husband and I are friends with the Gwilliams here in Baltimore. They told us about your music last night so we decided to check it out. We must say that you are very talented and we loved listening to all your songs. Thanks for putting them on your blog for all of us to enjoy. We're looking forward to your CD to come out in the future :). Keep up the good work!

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  6. I just keep saying this AWESOME song! We love all of them!!!

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  7. Love it! I tried it tonight. It's beautiful!

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  8. This is my favorite. I'm sitting here listening to your arrangements while trying to work on a talk for stake conference. I've listened to this Joseph Smith Medley so many times now. Its beautiful

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  9. My sister in law and I are singing words to this arrangement in sacrament meeting next week and it gives me goosebumps listening to it. I hope people can feel it as powerfully as I have. Thank you for sharing your talents.

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  10. I absolutely love this arrangement. I am planning on playing it during sacrament meeting soon. Please continue writing music and please continue to post the sheet music! You have a beautiful gift, and God bless you for sharing it.

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  11. Wow! great job. I've been trying to find a good arrangement to learn and this one is amazing!

    Oh! and thanks for making them free! =D

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  12. Love the song! When I first heard your music i though "wow, those are awesome arrangments! but i don't know if i can get the sheet music to learn them..." Then i found your blog which has all of your music! Thank you so much!

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  13. Absolutely beautiful, thanks for making this available! So inspiring!

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  14. This arrangement is amazing. I wish I could play just a beautiful. What a wonderful spirit comes from this music. Very well done!!!

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  15. This is really cool to have such a pretty hymn arrangements for free. Thanks so much! :)

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  16. A young woman played this medley in Church on Sunday and it was stunning. I didn't even know she played the piano! I asked what arrangement she used and she said it was something she got off the internet. I went searching and found your site. I am now sharing it with everyone I know who plays the piano.
    What talent! Thank you for sharing.

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  17. You are so amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your talent and for bringing the spirit into you music. I can't wait for more of your sheet music to become available. Thanks again for sharing.

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  18. ahhh!! this is absolutely fantastic. i'm so excited to try it out. thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us all!

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  19. i love your music. im learning piano and my bishop wants me to play something, and i would like to use one of your arragements.

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  20. i learned this piece (thanks for making the sheet music available) I just recently played it in sacrament meeting. Everyone loved it! Lots of people asked who the arrangment was by.

    Just thought you would appreciate knowing that your music is being played where you cannot hear and being enjoyed by many people you don't even know.

    PS. I've been waiting anxiously for the "we thank thee...for a prophet" piece. hopefully you'll get some time to make the sheet music available for that piece.

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  21. AMAZING!!! you are truely a talented person!!! thanks SOO much!!

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  22. This is an amazing arrangement. I can actually hear my talented young women and a couple of young men, singing with this in my mind. imagine SATB along with this!

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  23. This is a moving, amazing arrangement. In my mind I can hear our Young Woman and Young Men singing with it it SATB. Thanks!

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  24. My daughter is on a Mission in NY and has been asking me for music. This will definatly fit the bill!
    Thanks, Nan Phillips

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  25. This is an amazing arrangement! Thanks for sharing your talent with everyone. I have tears in my eyes because your music has touched my heart! Thank-you again!!!

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  26. I would love for my 14 year old daughter to play your arraignment of Come Come Ye Saints. Any chance the sheet music is in your future plans?

    Thanks for the Joy.

    PS: Would you mind if I make a cd to give to a members of my ward?
    How would you like the label to read?

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  27. Richard:

    I do hope to write out the sheet music for "Come Come ye Saints" someday... but I honestly don't know when that will be. I'm hopeful I can get it done before next June / July.

    Also, please feel free to share my music with others. Whenever I label CD's, I just label it "Hymn Arrangements by Spencer Mangum".

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  28. Love this! A girl in my ward played this today in sacrament and I just had to download the mp3. It's wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

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  29. I have been looking for a song to play in Seminary. We are studying D&C and I was as excited as I am on Christmas that I found the Joseph Smith Melody. The first time I listened to it and got goosebumps and I could feel the Spirit so strongly. Thank you so much for taking the time to create these beautiful arrangements. I hope to buy your book/cd in the future! :-) May God bless you and your family.

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  30. Wow! I love these arrangements. What a gift you have for composing these. Thank you for sharing it. My daughter has been in piano lessons for 8 years and is always hesitant to play in sacrament but loves your arrangements. Thank you for the spirit that her practicing them in the home brings. Audrey

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  31. I am so loving your Joseph Smith Medley. Thank you so much for sharing your talent. I am the choir director for my ward and am currently looking for this song for SATB. Do you by any chance have the words in there? I am not a good music reader but can feel and hear the music. This is just right but how do I transfer it to a choir for sacrament meeting? Thanks for sharing your talents again and I look forward to hearing from you.

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  32. I love this song! I love them all actually! My internet is really slow where I am at right now, but I still downloaded ALL of these songs. I love them all! I am preparing to serve a mission in the next couple months and these are definitly coming with me....

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  33. Absolutely in love! We're going to add words and sing it as a Seminary Choir in Sacrament meeting! Thank you SO MUCH, your work is beautiful and amazing!

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  34. I played this in church today in honor of Joseph Smith's martyrdom anniversary tomorrow. It is a beautiful arrangement and I had multiples comments on the wonderful spirit it brought. Thank you so much for arranging it!

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  35. Oops! That was supposed to say "multiple comments". I also played this arrangement for my piano teacher (that I took lessons from forever ago). She said she is very picky about arrangements, but she loved it! Thanks again for your tremendous talent!

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  36. this is an awesome piece. i was able to play it in sacrament meeting and i got a lot of compliments on it

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  37. This is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much for the link. I can't wait to learn it!!

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  38. Thank you for offering your music here for all of us to enjoy. I'll definitely be coming back for more! Thank you!

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  39. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

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  40. I've been looking for music like this - thank you! I love listening to it and playing it. Many thanks for many hours of listening enjoyment :)

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  41. Thank you for taking the time to make your music available. I love it all.

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  42. I'd like to leave a big THANK YOU for writing this music. I'm 17 and I've played the piano for 10 years. This has been one of my very favorite songs! I had the opportunity to play this in sacrament a few weeks ago. There wasn't a dry eye in the room. Afterwards, I was even asked to come to a different ward and play it. I have loved learning this song, and can't wait to learn more.

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  43. This is absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to learn it! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

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  44. Amazing! Both your talent and generosity are overwhelming. Thank you.

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  45. I just found you from Pinterest.

    I hope you are richly blessed, ten fold, for sharing your amazing talents with all of us.

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  46. Thank you for writing this music. I played it as a special musical number in my church just last week and got lots of comments on how great the music sounded. The best part was that I was able to touch one of my priest advisors in a way he only felt on his mission. Thank you for writing music with such a powerful spirit in it!

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  47. Thank you so much for taking your time to share your talents with the rest of us! Can I make a request for "Because I Have Been Given Much" and "Come thou Fount"...they would be great to have with the upcoming Thanksgiving season. Thanks again!

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  48. Thank you so much for sharing your talent. You play beautifully. I found your site through pinterest and I'll be sharing it myself.

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  49. Just found you site! Thank you so much for the beautiful music:)

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  50. Just found your site through Pinterest. You are amazing! Thank you for sharing your talent :)

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  51. Beautiful! I love this one! I just started following you, cannot wait to hear more!

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  52. Spencer, I randomly came across this via Pinterest. Nathan and I are in heaven listening to your music again. We have such fond memories of you playing in the Bronx. So talented!

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  54. These are beautifully arranged songs. Thank you! I have been practicing these to play in church.

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  55. Amazing talent! These are beautiful!

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  56. Amazing talent! These are beautiful!

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  57. Thank you for sharing your talents! I love listening and am excited to try some of these arrangements myself.

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  58. Beautiful! I'm sharing this site with the talented piano players in my ward hoping to hear some of these in sacrament! :)

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  59. This is an amazing song, I asked one of my friends to play it at a Helaman's camp (a camp that prepares young men for their missions).

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  60. My husband is playing this in Sacrament meeting this Sunday. I have loved listening to it the past few months as he prepares. Thank you for giving us this beautiful music in our home.

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  61. Thank you Thank you Thank you! I can't even tell you how long I have been looking for music like this!

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  62. Thank you so much. This is almost exactly what I heard in my head when I was playing these songs. All I can say is this is truly a blessing. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  63. Well put together, thank you. 3 of my favorite hymns in one :)

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  64. I love your Joseph Smith medley and have enjoyed practicing it for a year now. Thank you for sharing your incredible talents!

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  65. I heard this played in a sacrament meeting when I was out of town visiting. It brought tears to my eyes. I love this medley. I am going to ask someone to play it in my own ward.

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  66. This arrangement has been my go to piano piece in sacrament meetings. I have played it in student wards in college, and in family wards now that I am married. It is absolutely perfect to play, and easy to connect with. Thank you for sharing!!

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  67. Thank you so much. I love all of your music.

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