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Lorin F. Wheelwright

Lorin Farrar Wheelwright (1909–1987) was an American Latter-day Saint hymnwriter, composer, musical instructor and educator.

Wheelwright was the son of David S. Wheelwright and Valborg Rasmussen. His mother was an immigrant from Denmark. She immigrated at age 13 after having become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with her elder brother. Valborg Rasmussen Wheelwright was a graduate of Ellis Shipp's School of Obstetrics. She and David Wheelwright served as missionaries in Denmark for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1904-1905. Valborg Wheelwright was active in the Republican Party and ran unsuccessfully for the Utah State legislature.Wheelwright was the younger brother of D. Sterling Wheelwright, who was one of his early music teachers. He was raised in a Latter-day Saint home where singing hymns was common. While still young he was a Sunday School pianist, and then ward choir pianist in the Ogden 12th Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).Wheelwright studied under Edward P. Kimball and Alexander Schreiner at the University of Utah. He had begun his musical studies at the McCune School of Music. He then studied at Columbia University and the Juilliard School of Music. He received a master's degree from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.Wheelwright succeeded J. Spencer Cornwall as the head of music education for the Salt Lake Public Schools. He also taught at Oswego Teachers College in New York. He was a professor at the Branch Agricultural College (now Southern Utah University) starting in 1933. For a time he served as the head of the Coordinating Council of Higher Education of Utah.Wheelwright was involved in printing. He founded Pioneer Music Press in 1938. He remained president of that press until 1978. He was also the founding president of the Printing Industries of Utah in 1950. He also cofounded Wheelwright Lithography Company with his brother Max Wheelwright in 1956 and Wheelwright Press, Inc. in 1958. Wheelwright Press was mainly involved in publishing college and high school year books. Wheelwright served as president of the National Yearbook Association for some of the 1960s.From 1956 until at least 1971 Wheelwright served as a member of the Sunday School General Board of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He also served for a time as associate editor of The Instructor, the Church's Sunday School magazine from 1956 until the consolidation of church magazines in 1971. Wheelwright was also for a time president of a BYU stake.In 1967, Wheelwright became the dean of the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications (Brigham Young University). In 1969, Wheelwright started the Mormon Arts Festival. In 1973, he was succeeded by Lael J. Woodbury as the dean and was made a special assistant to BYU President Dallin H. Oaks. He remained an assistant to Oaks until 1976. He also served as chairman of BYU's centennial celebration.

Among the hymns that Wheelwright wrote are "O Love That Glorifies the Son", "Help Me Teach With Inspiration" and "Oh, May My Soul Commune with Thee". He also wrote the words and music to "Come, All Ye Saints and Sing His Praise", which is not in the 1985 English edition of the LDS Church hymnal but was in previous editions.

Wheelwright wrote the words and music of the two-part Christmas anthem "Star Bright" (Estrella de Luz) with words in English and Spanish, and accompaniment for guitar and keyboard.

Wheelwright also wrote "Mother I Love You", a song in the Primary Children's Songbook. He edited and published an autobiography of his mother.Wheelwright was married to the former Ila Eugenia Spilsbury, and they were the parents of four children.

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Some of their strengths

Lorin F. Wheelwright has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Energetic, Courageous, Independent, Generous, Honest, Brave, and Intuitive.

Adventurous and Independent

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Lorin F. Wheelwright is someone who is an adventurous, independent, and energetic person, who is insightful, imaginative, generous, and honest. A person who is charismatic and resourceful.

Strong and Resilient

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Lorin F. Wheelwright well know them as someone who can be strong, expansive, and stable like a big tree.

Ambitious and Forceful

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Lorin F. Wheelwright as someone who is ambitious, hard-working, determined, and intelligent.

A person who has a knack for identifying opportunities, has amazing concentration and focus, who can work independently, who likes starting new things, and who is somewhat of an intellectual.

Realistic and Skillful

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Lorin F. Wheelwright is someone who is able to separate emotions from reality, see the world in terms of right or wrong, and who is very good at getting things done.

They are also someone who is calm, comforting, and stable, and who loves stability and being a good friend and loyal partner.

Optimistic and Quick-witted

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Lorin F. Wheelwright tends to be someone who is optimistic and spontaneous, and who has a clear and analytical mind. Who can be witty, with a happy-go-lucky- nature that makes others cheerful, and who possesses an adventurous zest for life.

Some of Lorin F. Wheelwright's challenges

While Lorin F. Wheelwright has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Lorin F. Wheelwright can be Impulsive, Careless, Short-tempered, Relentless, Inflexible, Blunt, and Egotistical.

Impulsive and Careless

One of Lorin F. Wheelwright's key challenges is that they are someone who can be impulsive and careless.

Lorin F. Wheelwright must also exercise caution as they can have a hard time reconciling wants and needs.

Relentless and Inflexible

Lorin F. Wheelwright is someone who can be relentless, obsessive, and inflexible, who can be confrontational with work colleagues, can have difficulty communicating feelings and be somewhat reclusive, and who can be self-destructive, overindulgent, and extravagant.

Irritable and Callous

Finally, Lorin F. Wheelwright also can be short-tempered, childish, insensitive, and careless at times.

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