Karen Lynn Davidson

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Karen Lynn Davidson (born 1943) is a Latter-day Saint hymnwriter, author and literary critic. Davidson has written widely on the hymns of both The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and of the Community of Christ.


Davidson received her B.A. and M.A. from Brigham Young University. She then received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. She did post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge and at the University of Chicago.

She had taught English at Brigham Young University and has been on the English faculty at the Mayfield Senior School.


Two hymns with texts by Davidson, "O, Savior Thou Who Wearest" and "Each Life That Touches Ours For Good", are in the 1985 English-language edition of the LDS Church hymnal.

Davidson has been a member of the LDS Church's General Church Music Committee. She plays violin with the Orchestra at Temple Square.


Davidson was co-editor of one already-published volume is currently working as a co-editor of another volume in the Joseph Smith Papers Project. She was also co-editor of "Out of the Black Patch", an autobiography of Effie Marquess Carmack published by Utah State University Press in 1999.

She co-authored Eliza: The Life and Faith of Eliza R. Snow with Jill Mulvay Derr.[1][2]

In 2010 she received the "best documentary editing, bibliography award" from the Mormon History Association along with Derr for their collection of Eliza R. Snow's poetry.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Davidson is married to David Davidson.[4]


  1. ^ Davidson, Karen Lynn; Derr, Jill Mulvay (2013). Eliza: The Life and Faith of Eliza R. Snow. Deseret Book. ISBN 9781609089023.
  2. ^ Deseret News article on Eliza
  3. ^ Mormon History Association list of award recipients
  4. ^ Davidson, Karen Lynn. "Blessing the Next Generation, Too". Eugene England Foundation. Irreantum. Retrieved 8 April 2019.

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