We Thank thee O God for a Prophet
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This hymn has been part of the LDS Hymnal since 1863. The text of this hymn was written by an English Mormon convert, William Fowler (1830-1865), and the music by Caroline Norton (1808-ca. 1877). Fowler wrote the hymn sometime between the age of 30-33, and died at the age of 35. Caroline Norton was not LDS nor was she even aware in her lifetime that Fowler had chosen her tune to carry his words (1). However, as no other poet ever adopted this tune to other words, this melody has become today unique to the LDS faith. Fowler's words celebrate that God has called modern prophets (just as he did in biblical times) through whom Jesus Christ's gospel is taught. The original hymn words and music in SATB format is available here.