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Elder Bruce R. McConkie Christ and the Creation

By , on August 27, 2016

Enabling Power, Italy

Italy was first opened to missionary work in 1849 by Lorenzo Snow. During his five-year mission he proselyted northern Italy and succeeded in converting 20 families from a protestant congregation known as the Waldenses in the Piedmont area of Italy. The hymn “For the Strength of the Hills” was a favorite song of the Waldenses and an early Italian contribution to our hymnal.

Political and religious opposition to early proselyting efforts closed Italy to missionary work until 1965.

Richard G. Wilkins

All’Italiana—The Italian Way,” New Era, Mar 1978, 30

Here are two verses from “For the Strength of the Hills”

Thou hast led us here in safety
Where the mountain bulwark stands
As the guardian of the loved ones
Thou hast brought from many lands.
For the rock and for the river,
The valley’s fertile sod,

We are watchers of a beacon
Whose light must never die;
We are guardians of an altar
’Midst the silence of the sky.
Here the rocks yield founts of courage,
Struck forth as by thy rod;

For the Strength of the Hills,” Hymn 35

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