New Hymnbook & Songbook: How You Can Help
A call has gone out far and wide to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding a new hymnbook and children’s songbook.
In an article titled "Church Announces Plans for New Hymnbook and Children’s Songbook", Church members were encouraged to participate in the process in a couple of different ways.
In an effort to include the entire Church membership in the hymn and song selection process, members can provide feedback such as which hymns or songs they think should stay and which ones they think should be removed from current editions. They can also share their favorite hymns or songs that they like singing at church or at home. General Authority Seventy and an adviser to the revision project Elder Erich W. Kopischke said, “The opportunity for members to participate in the revision process like this is unprecedented.”
Submit Original Music
Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr., who is also a General Authority Seventy and an adviser to the revision project said, “Perhaps the most meaningful hymns and songs of the Restoration have not yet been written. We encourage our talented members to prayerfully consider what they might add to the body of music already known and loved by the Church.” Anyone with a Church account is encouraged to submit original music or lyrics to be considered for publication.
Global Music Submissions
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles commented on the hope for international music submissions saying, “We desire to offer a consistent core collection of hymns and songs in every language that reflects the diverse needs of the global Church in our day.” Elder Kopischke added, “Members of the Church, no matter where they live in the world, will have the same hymns and the same songs and the same hymn numbers! We will literally be singing from the same page in every language.”
What an amazing opportunity for members around the world to share their love of the gospel through music. After all, many of these songs will someday be performed by The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square at General Conference, concerts, or on a future album.
On the Choir’s blog, we have included numerous articles throughout the years on the importance and power of music as well as the history of many of your favorite hymns and songs. Below are just some of the links to help get you inspired to write a hymn to be included among the musical works of the restoration.
Inspirational Music Links
- History of the Hymns: The Complete Collection
- The Powerful Effect of Music on the Brain
- Anxiety, Depression, and Music
- The Benefits of Playing Music to Children at Bedtime
- Studies Prove Music Boosts Brain Activity in Alzheimer’s Patients
- 9 Songs That Will Change Your Mood for the Better
- 6,000 Hymns Were Submitted For 1985 Hymnbook
- Why Was “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” Not Included in the Current Hymnbook?