Latter-day Saints Church updates guidelines for new Hymnbook and Songbook submissions

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has updated the guidelines for the faith’s Hymnbook and Songbook submissions.

The Church is inviting all who are interested to write, compose and submit their works by July 1, 2019.

 “We invite all who are gifted with musical and poetic talent to share those gifts,” said Elder Erich W. Kopischke, General Authority Seventy and adviser to the songbook revision project. 

The Church has asked those submitting new music to remember that new music should do these five things:

  1. Increase faith in and worship of Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
  2. Teach core doctrine with power and clarity.
  3. Invite joyful singing at home and at church.
  4. Comfort the weary and inspire people to endure in faith.
  5. Unify Latter-day Saints and others throughout the world.

Two committees have been assembled to provide recommendations to help the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles decide what goes in each book.

“Committee members have expertise in a variety of areas, including music, education, literature, world cultures, and Church doctrine,” said Audrey Livingston, the Church’s product manager for sacred music and secretary of both committees.

The Church announced a year ago that it would publish new, unified editions of both songbooks survey responses and musical submissions have been submitted from more than 40 countries.

When the committees finalize the revision process, the new music will be compiled into a new hymnbook and a new children’s songbook.

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