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25 Primary Songs by The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Who doesn’t love Primary songs? Their sweet, tender melodies remind us of our childhood and bring straightforward gospel truths to life.

In the preface to the Children’s Songbook, it reads: 

Once you know the songs, they can be with you always (like good friends) to help you make right choices and be happy.
Music is a language that everyone can understand. Children all over the world sing these same songs. Music can also link the past to the future. Someday you might sing these songs with your own children.
There are songs in this book on almost every gospel subject. The songs explain our beliefs about life in heaven; about prayer, thankfulness, and reverence; about the mission of the Savior; about the principles of the gospel; about the importance of home, family, and heritage; about the beauty of nature and the seasons; and about the need for fun and activity. The last section is music that can be played before or after a meeting—or in your home—to create a reverent atmosphere.

Enjoy 25 beloved Primary songs—plus a few bonus videos—performed by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square:

Bonus Videos

In this one-of-a-kind video, England’s the King's Singers perform an emotional Primary song medley in memory of a 5-year-old boy who died suddenly of a brain aneurism. The arrangement was written by the Choir's associate director, Ryan Murphy. Read about how the medley came together. 

Although “Holding Hands Around the World” is relatively new to most, this upbeat anthem of togetherness hits all the right notes. It was composed by Janice Kapp Perry especially for the first ever Primary satellite broadcast in 2002. The song is included in the Additional Songs for Children section of the LDS Music app. Get the behind the scenes story here »

Another song, “If I Listen with My Heart,” is also a newer song to most members of the Church. It was originally written by Sally DeFord in the 1990s for her daughter, when she listened with her own heart. It was revised for inclusion in the 2011 sacrament meeting program. It is also included in the Additional Songs for Children section of the LDS Music app. 

While this is not the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing, it is no less enjoyable. This father and son choir beautifully performs the missionary favorite “We’ll Bring the World His Truth (Army of Helaman)” during a session of general conference. We knew that Primary music lovers would search for this one, so we decided to include it in the bonus section. Enjoy!