1842–1911
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Oc­to­ber 20, 1842, Sun­ne, Värm­land, Swe­den (birth name: Nils Lars­son).

March 30, 1911, Min­ne­a­po­lis, Min­ne­so­ta.

Lake­wood Ce­me­te­ry, Min­ne­a­po­lis, Min­ne­so­ta.

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Nils took the name Fryk­man af­ter the re­gion where he grew up, Fryks­dal­en.

In 1868, he gra­du­at­ed from the teach­ers’ col­lege in Karl­stad, and went on to teach in Grums, Norr­köp­ing, and Sun­ne. He preached in the church in Sun­ne, and around that time be­gan to write hymns.

Eventually, his texts were print­ed in the ma­ga­zine San­nings­vit­tnet. How­ev­er, Fryk­man’s work was not sanc­tioned by Swe­den’s state church, and al­most led to the loss of his job as a teach­er. Event­u­al­ly he re­signed his po­si­tion ov­er a con­tro­ver­sy about his child­ren’s bap­tism by an in­de­pend­ent preach­er.

In 1888, he was called to serve as pas­tor in the Ta­ber­na­cle Church in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois, and lat­er in Sa­lem, Min­ne­so­ta. Af­ter 18 years, he re­tired to Min­ne­a­polis.

He al­so served in the North­west Mis­sion As­so­ci­a­tion of the Co­ve­nant Church, as de­no­mi­na­tion­al vice-chair­man, Min­is­ter­i­al Board chair­man, North­west Min­is­ter­i­al As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man, and as chair­man of the com­mit­tee to publish the Swed­ish-Am­er­i­can Co­ve­nant church’s first hym­nal in 1906.

His works in­clude:

  1. Det är en här­lig­ting
    • How Won­der­ful It Is
  2. Den Hög­sta Ly­cka
  3. Fröjdas Vart Sinne
  4. Gud, Min Gud och Fader Kär
    • God, My God, in Hea­ven Above
  5. Hem det går
    • How Beau­ti­ful, Se­rene and Grand
  6. Jag har en vän, som älskar mig
  7. Jag skulle ej sörja
  8. Jesus Dig Kal­lar
  9. I Sing with Joy and Glad­ness
  10. Min fram­tids­dag är ljus och lång
  11. Jul­en Är Inne
  12. Uti nö­dens tim­ma
  13. ’Vår store Gud gör st­ora un­der
  14. Vem som helst kan bli frälst
    • Why Should I Be Anx­ious?