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Information on Sacred Hymnbook Forthcoming + Other Updates

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Editor’s Note: An early draft regarding the publication of the new sacred hymnbook was accidentally released by Church Newsroom and came through the news wires. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has requested we remove the press release until finalized edits are made and officially published. We will continue to provide information as soon as it’s available.

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Singers Needed for New Church Hymnbook

Latter-day Saint singers of all ages are needed for the audio version of the new hymnbook, which will be a central component for incorporating the new music of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Applications are due September 17, 2023.

This paid project will produce two final resources for members of the Church:

  • Melody only recordings. Solo voices will help members of the Church learn the melodies of the hymns through accurate and appealing recordings.
  • Four-part recordings. Vocal quartets will provide singalong recordings for families and small Church units, as well as support learning the written harmony lines.

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Here’s the Most Requested Song for the New Church Hymnbook

According to the survey so far, the most requested hymn for the new hymnbook is “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” Other hymns in the Christian tradition, such as “Amazing Grace”, have also been highly recommended.

Contemporary songs in Church history, including “If the Savior Stood Beside Me”, which have traditionally been published in Church magazines, round out the popular suggestions list.

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.

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Church of Jesus Christ Releases Rebuilt Sacred Music App

A complete rebuild of the Church of Jesus Christ’s popular Sacred Music app released in July includes new features, improved functions, and a more modern look and feel. It’s the first of several improved music experiences to come, say Church leaders and product managers.

According to Ed Krenicky, a music product manager for the Church, the app’s improved user interface meets the specific needs of music listeners and music performers. “Music listeners will enjoy the ease of adding music they love to playlists,” he said. “Music performers will love the ease of finding sheet music for choir or for special musical numbers.”

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