After years of tradition, even a small change can seem big. Over the weekend, many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints noticed there were no lyrics provided on the screen during the intermediate hymns. You can see an example of what the lyrics looked like below.
Many members questioned why the lyrics disappeared. Now, we have the answer.
The Church is a worldwide church and General Conference is broadcast to millions of members around the world. According to behind-the-scenes sources, a single feed for General Conference is broadcast to 90 different countries. The translations are used over this feed. That means members around the world who do not speak English as their first language were seeing the English language on screen.
Sources say it no longer made sense to have the English language being broadcast to so many different countries.
If you don’t know the lyrics, what can you do? Here are a couple of suggestions:
The Gospel Library App
This classic mobile app has both the hymnbook and the children’s songbook available. Download it here.
The Gospel Media App
Did you know the Church release a new Media Library app last fall? It gives you easier access to the hymns, lyrics, and media of the Church. Plus, it has great features for editing videos, incorporating music, and using photos as part of your lessons and daily study. You can download it here.
Other Media Apps
Other apps are available for music, including the LDS Music app and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir app. You can see all the different mobile apps the Church has available here.
Purchase a Hymnbook
It is a great idea to have a hymnbook in your home. You can use it for family home evening lessons, personal use and musical study, and General Conference. Affordable copies are available for purchase here.