LOST HYMNS PROJECT
exploring the Hymn Heritage of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
My site is back!
But read this page before actually entering!
Welcome to my site. I have recently been hacked and am in the middle of reloading my site
back to the internet. I am taking this opportunity to go through the site section by section and
revamp and improve it, so please be patient as it returns piece by piece.
In the six years my project has been on the internet, I have learned there are four different
types of readers for this website, and I would like to quickly address each:
If you are just a regular person, this site if for you. The mission of this website is to share
with regular folks the history of the Hymnody of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints - to discover hymns no longer in our hymnal as well as the most-original versions of
hymns we still sing. Along the way there are helps and tips on how to write hymn texts. If you
have been touched by the hymns, want to learn some history, and are looking for Aunt
Esther's favorite hymn that is no longer in the current hymnal, then you are who I am sharing
all this work for. Please enter and enjoy yourself.
If, however, you are a religious leader who thinks exposing your congregation to original
texts and to hymns not found in your current hymnal is a moral sin requiring a church court,
then please be aware that many such leaders have already written me; the subject has been
covered. I am presenting history; not trying to rewrite anyone's hymnal.
Or if you are a publisher who thinks I'm plagiarizing an upcoming hymnal by presenting the
original text as opposed to your rewritten, highly-edited version, then know that the subject
has been covered by publishers before you. It is not plagiarizing to present the original text
in an historical setting.
And if by chance you are a professional historian or researcher who thinks I'm the worst
of amateurs and need to be locked out of any serious library, you are probably right, and the
subject has already been covered by professionals before you. I am in fact an amateur who
is simply sharing with regular folks what he is learning all on his own. My updated site may
look "more professional" than before, but I am still an amateur with a home-made website.
And judging by the letters I've received, I have no desire to be a professional. If you are a
professional who wishes to change my attitude about your breed, dinner at Olive Garden
and dessert at Cold Stone would be a good beginning.