Hymns

December 03, 2020 07:06 PM MST
“I Know That My Redeemer Lives” might not be what comes to mind when you think of Christmas music. But as a beautiful new video put out by the Church reminds us, if Christmas is all about Christ, then perhaps this is one of the most fitting songs we could listen to at this time of year.
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November 25, 2020 07:02 PM MST
As the year comes to a close, “Don’t Miss This” and the Nashville Tribute Band are giving us plenty to look forward to as we prepare to dive into our study of Doctrine and Covenants for Come, Follow Me in 2021.
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November 02, 2020 06:02 PM MST
In 2018, Church members around the world answered a call to submit original hymns and children’s songs for a revision to Hymns and the Children’s Songbook.
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October 23, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Editor's note: Our bi-weekly Friday column, “Found in the footnotes,” explores some of the footnotes from remarks given by General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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December 17, 2019 08:02 PM MST
Though the particular date it was written and the events that inspired "The Spirit of God" are unknown, there are many miraculous and incredible stories behind this beloved song and its author, William Wines Phelps, that have lead it to become one of the most recognizable and beloved Latter-day Saint hymns.
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By  Emily Abel
December 13, 2019 10:00 PM MST
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me study of the Christmas story. Suggested readings include Matthew 1:18-25; 2:1-12; Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-20. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Living for additional resources and suggestions.
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November 11, 2019 04:38 PM MST
A new rendition of "How Great Thou Art" performed by BYU Men's Chorus was recently released in the form of a music video that captures faith and devotion to God and His wonderful work and plan.
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By  LDS Living
August 08, 2019 12:48 PM MDT
In the Deseret News, Tad Walch posted interesting insights about the new Church hymnbook. Along with submitting their own hymns and music, members of the Church over the past year have been able to suggest songs to add to the hymnbook.
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August 05, 2019 12:19 PM MDT
No toil nor labor fear, indeed.
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By  Emily Abel
July 27, 2019 11:13 AM MDT
I was doing my usual post-workday Instagram scroll the other night when my thumb stopped dead in its tracks. An account I follow (@comefollowmedaily) had started a discussion on something called “gospel karaoke.” People were suggesting modern-day hymns they’d like to see scriptural characters sing. This brought the scriptures to life for me in a new, moving way, and I’ve come up with a few scenarios of my own. This made for a great personal study and could also be used for an activity during family home evening.
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By  LDS Living
July 26, 2019 11:58 AM MDT
Reverend Amos C. Brown is the pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, a civil rights activist, and chair of religious affairs for the NAACP. So why was this Baptist pastor drawn to a hymn of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? It's because he sees "Come, Come Ye Saints" as a symbol of hope and love. He understands it is a hymn about enduring trials while remaining true to your faith in God, a song that echoes the message of the Baptist hymn "Lift Every Voice and Sing."
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July 19, 2019 09:26 AM MDT
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading in Acts 16-21. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Living for additional resources and suggestions.
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July 14, 2019 10:14 PM MDT
A major power outage in New York darkened Times Square and led to the cancellation of dozens of Broadway shows, but while locals and tourists filed from performance halls into the blackened streets, those outside Carnegie Hall experienced something Yahoo! News characterized as "celestial."
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By  LDS Living
July 04, 2019 11:00 AM MDT
This stirring rendition of "God Bless America" sung by Tyler Perry and created by Book of Mormon Central will fill you with awe as it portrays the beauty of the United States and reflects on the freedoms its constitution grants. As Book of Mormon Central posted on YouTube: "As we celebrate the 4th of July, let us remember and be grateful for the founding of the United States of America, which allowed for the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
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By  LDS Living
June 08, 2019 12:00 PM MDT
Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé remembers the moment he first heard an arrangement of "Where Can I Turn for Peace?" by his friend and accomplished Italian composer Nicolas Giusti. "I was shocked," Bishop Caussé says. "I listened to it, and I called him right away and I said, 'Nicolas, are you aware, this is a sad theme? Are you aware of this? And you composed joyful music.' And he said, 'Well we can find happiness even in the darkest times of our lives.'"
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May 29, 2019 02:44 PM MDT
Did you know that our prophet has perfect pitch? Latter-day Saints in Fiji were able to witness this fun fact in action at a devotional President Nelson gave during his Pacific Ministry Tour. At one point during the devotional, President Nelson asked all the children to bear testimony with him through song as together they sang "I Am a Child of God." About his experience in Suva, Fiji, President Nelson posted on Instagram:
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April 20, 2019 02:54 PM MDT
Book of Mormon Central released the following video—"I Stand All Amazed" by Tyler Perry—to celebrate our Savior's life, death, and resurrection. With the video, they shared this message: "This Easter season, let us remember the marvelous sacrifice of our Lord and Savior. Oh, it is wonderful! Wonderful to me!"
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April 06, 2019 09:57 AM MDT
Conference is around the corner—and so's the chance to listen to the Tabernacle Choir and sing some of our favorite songs. Which hymns might we hear or sing this year? Turns out that some are more popular than others! Check out what we found by combing through the last 21 years of hymns sung in general conference:
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March 22, 2019 03:01 PM MDT
While the name of The Tabernacle Choir may be different, hitting the No.1 spot on the Billboard charts is nothing new.
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By  LDS Living
December 24, 2018 03:48 PM MST
Here are three beautiful renditions of hymns by Latter-day Saints that will help you focus on the birth of our Savior this Christmas Eve:
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By  LDS Living
December 03, 2018 04:53 PM MST
Thanks to Mormon Life Hacker for making us aware of this video.
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By  LDS Living
October 17, 2018 03:12 PM MDT
Thanks to Mormon Hub for making us aware of this video.
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October 10, 2018 06:39 PM MDT
Did you know this song was written by President Nelson?
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September 22, 2018 09:12 AM MDT
Hymns are such an important part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They fill the room with the Spirit during meetings and often guide and inspire us in our everyday lives. The Church announced in June that a new hymnbookis in the works, so we thought we would take a look at some of our favorite hymns written by prophets and general authorities throughout Church history.
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September 21, 2018 12:54 PM MDT
In the writing of the hymn “Lord, I Would Follow Thee” (Hymns, no. 220), I learned that the Lord’s timing is not our timing, and the Lord so often has plans of His own.
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September 10, 2018 04:06 PM MDT
To sing seems to be an innate desire of the human heart. The voice, this most perfect instrument, is of the Lord’s creation. For us to create in harmony with it is a privilege and a delight.
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By  LDS Living
September 04, 2018 04:41 PM MDT
With over 19 million views, BYU Vocal Point's "Nearer, My God, to Thee" is their most-viewed music video of all time. And it's little wonder why. The tight harmonies, soaring vocals, and stunning arrangement presents this well-loved hymn in a way that penetrates both heart and mind.
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By  LDS Living
August 13, 2018 09:24 AM MDT
The history behind LDS hymns is rich with fascinating stories and quirky facts. Don't believe us? Just check out these fun finds about the history and form of some favorite hymns of LDS Living readers and other common conference tunes:
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August 08, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
When asked who W. W. Phelps is and what he might be remembered for, most Latter-day Saints respond with something like this: “Didn’t he write (or compose) many of our hymns?” But when pressed, most even have difficulty identifying all of Phelps’s most frequently sung hymns such as “The Spirit of God,” “Now Let Us Rejoice,” “Redeemer of Israel,” “Praise to the Man,” “O God, the Eternal Father,” and “If You Could Hie to Kolob.” Virtually none realizes that in the Church’s most recent hymnal, Hymns (1985), Phelps has the largest number of songs attributed in some way to him. He has 15, more than any other composer or author except Evan Stephens.
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July 09, 2018 07:19 PM MDT
In 1830, Joseph Smith received the revelation that would lead to what we know now as the LDS hymnbook. Here's how that happened.
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By  LDS Living
July 06, 2018 04:38 PM MDT
Thanks to Mormon Light for making us aware of this video.
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By  LDS Living
July 04, 2018 11:00 AM MDT
In 2016, we ran a poll to discover what patriotic songs in the hymn book resonate with Mormons.
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By  Yvonne Liu
June 19, 2018 05:56 PM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced on June 28, 2018, that it will be creating a revised Hymns andChildren’s Songbook to be used in worship services. Members from around the world can participate in the revision process by submitting hymns to newmusic.lds.org.
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June 18, 2018 02:32 PM MDT
Two books of sacred music published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are about to undergo significant changes. An official notice has been sent to Church leaders around the world announcing a revision to “Hymns” and the “Children’s Songbook” used in worship services.
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May 21, 2018 06:59 PM MDT
The LDS hymnal is full of uplifting music and poetry from a host of different sources, but they all share one commonality—they inspire and lift our minds toward heaven. Just as powerful as many of the words in these hymns are the stories behind them. Here are just a few.
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By  LDS Living
April 06, 2018 07:03 PM MDT
The BYU Men's Chorus recently released a stunning music video of the hymn "It Is Well with My Soul." The chorus created this video to celebrate the five-year anniversary of their Set Apart album, which can be downloaded for free at setapartalbum.byu.edu. So watch the video or check out their website for uplifting hymns and music.
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February 14, 2018 05:13 PM MST
You can now ask Alexa (Amazon's Echo device) to play LDS hymns and Primary songs.
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By  LDS Living
February 10, 2018 03:37 PM MST
Almost nothing is more touching than children bearing their testimonies through music. In the new music video by composer Monica Scott, "We Are Children of God," members of the One Voice Children's Choir sing about their divine nature while adorable kids touch our hearts with their sweetness. Watch this precious music video below:
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January 17, 2018 02:57 PM MST
During his closing remarks to President Trump on the Senate floor, LDS Arizona Senator Jeff Flake prompted a tweet from The Atlantic when he quoted the LDS hymn "Oh Say, What Is Truth?"
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December 07, 2017 04:52 PM MST
Thanks to the Deseret News for making us aware of this video.
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November 29, 2017 03:24 PM MST
Ryan Tilby sat next to his future father-in-law and felt what any respectable man would feel when asking another man for permission to marry his daughter—nervous.
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By  LDS Living
November 09, 2017 06:30 PM MST
Think playing one instrument for a music video is hard enough? Try two.
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By  LDS Living
November 08, 2017 08:25 PM MST
Two elders from the New York New York North Mission created this beautiful version of "I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus" accompanied by the ukulele. Along with the video posted to Facebook was this message: "'A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.' How can you serve someone else today and help them feel the same love that Christ has for us?"
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November 02, 2017 09:00 AM MDT
Now more than ever, members are aware that "This gospel shall be preached unto every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people" (D&C 133:36). As a result of having members worldwide, the Church has members who speak a diverse array of languages. Even if we don't understand the language, we can still feel the spirit as we listen to hymns sung in a different language. Here are 12 hymns sung in languages from around the world.
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By  LDS Living
October 19, 2017 02:07 PM MDT
Kristi Krause, an LDS singer and songwriter from San Diego, just released a stunning rendition of "Savior, Redeemer of my Soul." Take a few minutes to fill your soul today.
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September 13, 2017 03:51 PM MDT
Hanna Zenger recently posted a beautiful cover of “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing,” with Ethan Davis accompanying on the piano, on Facebook. Check it out:
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September 04, 2017 02:58 PM MDT
On a Mormon Channel Studios video, Monica Moore Smith sang a stunning and jazzy original song, "Look Up," as well as a unique version of "I Know That My Redeemer Lives." Check it out:
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August 26, 2017 03:32 PM MDT
In a video with Mormon Channel Studios, Leslie Fatai Nau sings a beautiful original song about drawing to the Savior, "Come," as well as a breathtaking Tongan hymn, "Faka'ofa Kiate Au."
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By  LDS Living
August 11, 2017 02:09 PM MDT
Camille Nelson, the sister of Piano Guy Steven Sharp Nelson, recently released a beautiful music video of "Be Thou My Vision," featuring Alex Sharpe. Not only does this video feature an Irish hymn, it was also filmed in Ireland. Check it out:
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By  LDS Living
August 09, 2017 06:00 PM MDT
LDS pianist Jerald Simon recently uploaded a beautiful music video of the hymn "Love at Home." The arrangement, from his recent album Hymns of the Heart, was recorded improvisationally because Simon wanted to feel the spirit of the hymn and to let it flow freely and naturally.
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By  LDS Living
August 07, 2017 03:15 PM MDT
"I pray that one day every child of God will be taught the gospel in their native tongue. Hopefully, this video can help to fulfill that," returned missionary Allie Gardner shared on Facebook about the first-ever music video of "I'm a Child of God" sung in the Mayan language.
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By  LDS Living
July 24, 2017 04:12 PM MDT
Nadia Khristean performed her amazing original song "Broken" and the hymn "Where Can I Turn for Peace?" on Mormon Channel, both of which have a special meaning for the LDS artist.
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July 03, 2017 09:38 AM MDT
The Church has used many different hymnals throughout its history. In July 1830, the Prophet Joseph Smith received the revelation known today as Doctrine and Covenants Section 25. In the revelation, the Lord instructed Emma Smith to compile a selection of sacred hymns for the Church. She completed a hymnal in 1835 with the assistance of William W. Phelps, a writer and newspaper editor. The collection of hymns included 90 hymn texts, with 39 hymns written by LDS poets as well as adaptations of several other non-LDS texts. The preface to the 1835 Collection of Sacred Hymns states:
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By  LDS Living
June 30, 2017 04:22 PM MDT
As we sing the hymns each Sunday and at other Church-related activities and meetings, it's important to remember the messages of hope and faith in the lyrics of the songs.
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By  LDS Living
June 16, 2017 08:21 PM MDT
Singing an original song written by his brother, "Angels Over Me," Yahosh Bonner shares that this song reminds us in times of negativity or darkness that "in reality, we should know that heaven is on our side. We have a Father in heaven that wants us to succeed, and he sends us angels to lift us up and bring us through tough times."
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By  LDS Living
May 27, 2017 02:39 PM MDT
"A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" is a hymn well beloved by Latter-day Saints and this LDS musician's rendition reminds us why.
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By  LDS Living
April 24, 2017 04:22 PM MDT
"How Great Thou Art" is a well-beloved hymn many draw inspiration from. And Nadia Khristean's Spanish and English mashup music video of it is absolutely stunning.
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By  LDS Living
April 22, 2017 03:55 PM MDT
A new music video from Paul Cactus-Jack Le Mar featuring Landon Gwynn and Cheryl Burton puts a unique spin on the classic hymn "Did You Think to Pray?"
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By  LDS Living
April 21, 2017 05:49 PM MDT
Mormon Channel recently posted a video of former American Idol contestant Bri Ray as she performs her phenomenal original song "Holding" and the classic hymn "Be Still My Soul."
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By  LDS Living
April 08, 2017 04:56 PM MDT
After topping the Billboard charts with his new CD, Higher, LDS artist Nathan Pacheco released two new music videos filmed in a Catholic cathedral—one the hymn "Be Thou My Vision" and the other an uplifting Christian song "Nella Fantasia."
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