LDS Church announce new hymn books for adults and children

The LDS Church has announced it will be taking submissions for the new Hymns book and Children's Songbook. The deadline in July 1, 2019. Photo Courtesy Intellectual Properties.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with a musical or lyrical talent are reminded to submit hymns for the church’s new global hymnbook and children’s songbook.

According to a statement released Thursday, “Latter-day Saints are invited to consult new information regarding strategic goals for hymn and song selection, as well as doctrinal priorities for new musical submissions.”

Those interested can write, compose and submit their works by July 1. They can also participate in the revision process through an online survey.

“We invite all who are gifted with musical and poetic talent to share those gifts,” said Elder Erich W. Kopischke, a General Authority Seventy and adviser to the songbook revision project.

The church has created two committees to help the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles decide which songs or new compositions will go in which new songbook.

Since the church announced the new hymnbooks a year ago, entries have poured in from more than 40 countries. According to the press statement, the most popular recommendation for the new hymnbook is “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”

“When the committees finalize the revision process, the new music will be compiled into a new hymnbook and a new children’s songbook,” the statement said. “Each will offer the same hymns and songs in all languages across the globe. In addition to the printed books, audio of the new hymns and songs will be available online.”

To suggest hymns for inclusion, visit https://lds.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2m20pSAlCEcevVb.

To submit a hymn, a composer or author will need to create a profile using an LDS account. Anyone may obtain an LDS account for free at ldsaccount.lds.org. Up to five hymns and five children’s songs may be submitted by an individual for consideration.

Daily Herald reporter Genelle Pugmire can be contacted at gpugmire@heraldextra.com, (801) 344-2910, Twitter @gpugmire

A 32-year veteran of covering news in Utah County, Genelle covers Provo, Orem, Faith/Religion, including the LDS Church and general assignments.

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