LDS Church working on new hymnbook, 'Children's Songbook'

Monday , June 18, 2018 - 1:50 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Monday that it has begun work on new songbooks for its worship services. 

The new books, to replace the current “Hymns” and “Children’s Songbook,” “will be created over the next several years to unify members and reflect the needs of members around the world,” according to a new release from the church

The books will have the same songs in all languages, the church said in a letter sent to church leaders around the world. 

The new books will be the first major revisions to the church’s musical offerings since the current hymnbook, which is used in the church’s weekly worship services and other meetings, was published in 1985, and the first replacement of the children’s book, which is used in classes for children ages 4-12, since it was published in 1989.

The new collections will include current and new songs and will be translated into the various languages used by the church, published in print and digitally, and used for new recordings. 

Members of the church may make suggestions for songs they would like to see included and submit their own compositions at newmusic.lds.org through July 1, 2019. Songs will be reviewed by church committees. 

A list of frequently asked questions from the church says songs may be “in the musical style of (the submitter’s) culture, even if it doesn’t match the musical style that has typically been included in the hymnbook or Children’s Songbook in the past.”

The new books will not include national anthems since the same books will be in use around the world, the church said, but “Additional hymns and songs applicable to specific languages and areas will also be distributed through digital channels.”

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