Today, the Church announced plans to revise the current hymnbook and children’s songbook. Members are encouraged to give feedback about the current music and submit new original hymns, children’s songs, and lyrics to be considered for the revised books.
The notice sent to stake and ward leaders reads as follows:
Sacred music has been important to Latter-day Saints from the earliest days of the Restoration. Hymns and children’s songs teach gospel doctrine and can unify Church members.
Under the direction of the First Presidency, committees have been assembled to recommend revisions to the current hymnbook and children’s songbook. When the revisions are complete, there will be one hymnbook and one children’s songbook, offering the same hymns and songs in all languages. The new collections will be created over the next several years to reflect the needs of members around the world.
Members will be encouraged through various communication channels to visit newmusic.lds.org to learn about this effort. There they can give feedback about the current music and can submit new original hymns, children’s songs, and lyrics to be considered for inclusion in the revised collections.