We Thank Thee, O God for a Prophet

While the LDS hymnbook suggests that this favorite hymn should be sung 'brightly' and the rhythmic motifs lend themselves to a bouncy rendition, this arrangement is more a serene expression of gratitude and fervent declaration of testimony. There are two versions here--one with an instrumental descant, and one with piano accompaniment only (where elements of the descant are included in the accompaniment). The first version was performed at the May 2013 CES Fireside of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by the BYU-Idaho Choirs under the direction of Eda Ashby with 2 organists.
 
You can view the fireside at this link.  The song is at about minute 54 of the broadcast.


Voicing: SATB
Accompaniment: Piano, optional violin (C-instrument) or clarinet
Topics: Gratitude, Hope, Joseph Smith, Prophets, Restoration

Text: William Fowler, 1830-1865
Music: Caroline Sheridan Norton, 1808-ca.1860
Arrangement: Rachel P. Mohlman



LYRICS

We thank thee, O God, for a prophet
To guide us in these latter days.
We thank thee for sending the gospel
To lighten our minds with its rays.
We thank thee for every blessing
Bestowed by thy bounteous hand.
We feel it a pleasure to serve thee
And love to obey thy command.

When dark clouds of trouble hang o'er us
And threaten our peace to destroy,
There is hope smiling brightly before us,
And we know that deliv'rance is nigh.
We doubt not the Lord nor his goodness.
We've proved him in days that are past.
The wicked who fight against Zion
Will surely be smitten at last.

We'll sing of his goodness and mercy.
We'll praise him by day and by night,
Rejoice in his glorious gospel,
And bask in its life-giving light.
Thus on to eternal perfection
The honest and faithful will go,
While they who reject this glad message
Shall never such happiness know.

We thank thee, O God, for a prophet
To guide us in these latter days.