For the Beauty of the Earth

Today we have a version of “For the Beauty of the Earth”, set the familiar tune of “Once in Royal David’s City”. I added a new harmonization than the one now in the LDS hymnbook.

For the Beauty of the Earth Simple (alt)



I Need Thee Every Hour (Plus a Bonus)

Today, I have an SATB arrangement of “I Need Thee Every Hour” set to the tune of a wonderful Norwegian carol. The tune itself is both beautiful and plaintive and fits the message of the word perfectly.

I Need Thee Every Hour

As a bonus, I have also included a version of the same music with the words of “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”, which is a German Christmas carol. Might be a while yet before you need to use that one, but then again, maybe you like to do Christmas in July. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir once recorded a Christmas concert in July in order to send to make into a PBS special, so it does happen.

Lo How a Rose (Simple)

When Christ Was Born in Bethlehem


This lovely hymn appeared in the 1909 Deseret Sunday School Songs, and in the 1927, 1948, and 1950 LDS hymnals, but not the 1985 edition – which is a pity, because it is one of the very few genuinely Latter-day Saint Christmas hymn tunes, written by Ebenezer Beesley.

-Kurt Kammeyer

“At First a Babe Was Given” by Parley P. Pratt

At First a Babe Was Given


This forgotten hymn by Parley P. Pratt appeared in the 1889 Latter-day Saints’ Psalmody. It is reminiscent of Brother Pratt’s better-known hymn, “Jesus, Once of Humble Birth”, with its before/after contrasting lines.


Kurt Kammeyer

PDF: At First a Babe Was Given

Lo How a Rose (German and Norwegian)


“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” has always been one of my favorite carols, and I have enjoyed it both in English and in its original German. Germans like it so much that it’s actually in the LDS German hymnbook.

This version combines the original melody used by Michael Pratoreus, with the melody of a Norwegian Christmas song that fits the words well.

Lo How a Rose (Medium to High Voice)

Mortals, Awake! Joseph Smith’s Last Christmas


The Prophet and his family were serenaded by this song on December 25th, 1843 – the Prophet’s last Christmas.

-Kurt Kammeyer

PDF: Mortals Awake


The First Noel (SA)



When I first heard this melody sung by the Norwegian singer, Sissel, I knew I had to use it in an arrangement. This version is a simple one for two-part women.

The First Noel (SA)

There is also a solo version, which you can find here:

The First Noel