The new hymnbook and children’s songbook will be designed to unify the music in all languages and meet the needs of a global Church. Selections will include core hymns and songs that teach the doctrines of the gospel. New and existing hymns and songs from around the world will be evaluated and considered for inclusion. Additional local hymns and songs will be available in supplemental digital collections.
The Hymns and Children’s Songbook are being revised to unify the music used for worship by members around the world. The collections will include existing, new, and updated music to meet the needs of members worldwide. The printed collections will be unified across the worldwide Church, providing the same selection of hymns and children’s songs in each language. Additional hymns and songs applicable to specific languages and areas will also be made available to members through digital channels.
The revision effort is led by committees working under the direction of General Authorities and General Auxiliary Leaders. The committees are composed of Church employees and called members with expertise in a variety of areas, including music, education, literature, world cultures, and Church doctrine.
Development of the prototypes for both books is expected to take several years as the committees coordinate together, considering both new and existing hymns and songs for inclusion. Translation of the books will begin after that work is complete.
The current books will continue to be used until the new collections are released in print and digital channels. These current collections will be available as legacy items through digital channels once the new books are distributed.
Yes. A new set of instrumental and vocal recordings will be created in multiple languages for the revised collections.
Because the new core collections will be the same in every language, national anthems will not be included in the printed hymnbooks. However, sacred music of local interest may be made available to members by language through digital channels as appropriate and doctrinally correct.
Yes. Submitters may submit a hymn or song text without music, or music without text. Multiple text settings and tunes will be paired for consideration.
Yes. We encourage submission of hymns and songs from multiple cultural styles.
To be considered for the revised collections, new submissions must be received by July 1, 2019.
Submissions will be reviewed anonymously and considered for inclusion by the hymnbook and children’s songbook committees.
Yes. Submitters under the age of 18 will be required to provide parental or guardian permission.
No. You will retain the copyright for your work. However, those whose submissions are selected will be asked to grant the Church a nonexclusive, perpetual license for unlimited use.