If you aren’t already aware, there’s an update on the Church’s new song books that we’ve all been HIGHLY anticipating! It’s entitled Hymns – for Home and Church and will contain a collection of both hymns and children’s songs!
If I’m being honest, I’m a little nervous for a new songbook. I LOVE the old one and know it like the back of my hand! That said, I’m also excited to see what these changes bring!
This information comes from the Church’s recent Newroom article entitled Sacred Hymnbook to Help Unite, Uplift Latter-day Saints of All Ages Worldwide. It states:
Release of a consolidated collection of hymns and children’s songs begins to roll out in the first half of 2024; full print book is anticipated by end of 2026 in four languages
This is SUCH exciting news – especially for us Primary music leaders! We’ll have access to more songs to teach in Primary! Not to mention, how this will affect what we teach in singing time over the coming years!
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I believe the biggest change is that there will no longer be a separate hymnbook and Primary songbook. The new book will include:
a sacred music collection of between 450 to 500 hymns and children’s songs
I have heard that the Primary songs that are part of the “core” Children’s Songbook (meaning, the 60 or so Primary songs that are translated into other languages and always the Suggested Music for Singing Time) will be included in the new songbook.
We’ll see if that stands to be true when the book is released :).
How do you feel about the new Hymns - for Home and Church Songbook?
I’d love to know your thoughts and feelings about the new songbook. Do you look forward to the change or are you a little apprehensive about it?
Either way, I’m grateful to know that it will be an inspired book, prepared by those guided by Heavenly Father through the spirit. And will be a tool to help teach both the young and old the gospel!