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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced this morning that it is developing a new Mormon hymnal for worldwide use, as well as a replacement for its Children’s Songbook.
The heading of the Newsroom announcement today reads, “New sacred music to reflect global membership.” This statement distills the main theme of the announcement: to have music that more accurately reflects Mormonism’s global diversity.
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The current hymnal of the LDS Church dates to 1985, when the church had under 6 million members, a majority of whom lived in the United States. Today, it has more than 16 million members, and nearly 60% live outside the U.S.
“We recognize the power that sacred music has to unify the members of the Church throughout the world,” said Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “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.”
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It will take several years for the Church to create the new hymnal, which will “offer the same hymns and songs in all languages.”
One interesting change is that national anthems will no longer be included in the printed hymnals. However, “sacred music of local interest may be made available to members by language through digital channels as appropriate and doctrinally correct.”
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