History of Hymns

    Joseph Smith's First Prayer

    Episode 3


    George Manwaring, the author of "Joseph Smith's First Prayer," never had a music lesson in his life, yet he was able to play piano and organ and teach, all of which he did by ear. Inspired by a painting of the First Vision, he put the story of the First Vision to song. The musical arrangement for the hymn was done by A. C. Smyth, adapted from Sylvanus Billings Pond's melody.