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13 new songs released in preparation for full global hymnbook

Jun 06, 2024 09:33AM ● By Becky Ginos

SALT LAKE CITY—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released 13 new songs last week that are part of the gradual release of the much anticipated new global hymnbook. The full hymnbook is expected in print and digital formats by the end of 2026 in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. Two of the new songs were performed at a media event at the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, May 30.

“This is a worldwide Church, a Church 17 million strong,” said Elder Isaak K. Morrison, a native of Ghana. “This is one of the ways to bring us all together, having the same hymn book with the same page numbers with the same songs. It is just a blessing that we sing together to glorify God and to draw us closer to the Savior Jesus Christ.”

“Our hope is that these new hymns and songs [will enhance] our ability to receive [Christ’s] law into our lives,” said Primary General President Susan H. Porter.

“We are grateful these hymns and songs will be available – starting now, with more to come in the future that will increase our faith and continue to inspire us to do right,” said Elder Michael T. Ringwood of the Seventy, who serves as executive director of the Priesthood and Family Department.

The hymnbook collection includes hymns submitted by Latter-day Saints from around the world. Songs were selected from 17,000 submissions after an extensive review process.

Porter sat on one of the committees. “The committees started in 2017,” she said. “In 2018, I don’t know if you remember but they (Church) reached out to church members and said, ‘What are your favorite hymns?’ and also invited members to write new hymns.”

So the committee’s been working for the last seven years, she said. “We have committees all over the church of men and women in every nation who have been reviewing the new submissions and looking at hymns from other faith traditions that we can include.” 

The new collection titled “Hymns –  For Home and Church” is meant to be used in church as well as at home. “It will be about one third children’s songs and two thirds hymns,” said Porter. “So again, because we’re putting them together this will be a wonderful opportunity for children to learn more of the hymns for a congregation of all ages.”

The hymnbook will have the same song list and numbering in all languages for a total of 450 to 500 hymns. It is anticipated that the hymnbook will be available in 50 languages by the end of 2030.

Sophia Andrade performed “When the Savior Comes Again” in Portuguese accompanied by guitars at the media event in the Tabernacle. The song is one of the 13 released.

The hymns now available are:

  • Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  • When the Savior Comes Again
  • It Is Well with My Soul
  • I Will Walk with Jesus
  • His Eye Is on the Sparrow
  • Think a Sacred Song
  • As Bread Is Broken
  • Bread of Life, Living Water
  • Gethsemane
  • Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise
  • He Is Born, the Divine Christ Child
  • What Child Is This?
  • Star Bright

The new music is available digitally through the Sacred Music and Gospel Library apps and in the online Church Music Library at music.churchofjesuschrist.org.

“We want people to have a joyful experience living the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Ringwood. “We want people to come to church to have a joyful experience. Sometimes in our culture you can get into a situation where it’s a duty and not necessarily a joyful experience and we’re hoping that music adds to that joyful experience. That people want to be there because it lifts their soul and makes them happy. We hope that you will come to church and walk out with an uplift that carries you through.”