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The first portion of the new hymnbook is coming this week. Here’s what we know

After six years of work reviewing thousands of submissions and gathering hymns from across the world, 12 hymns of the new “Hymns—for Home and Church” will be available on May 30, 2024. The selections will include “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and will be published in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. The hymns will be available in the Sacred Music and Gospel Library apps, and in the online Music Library.

An expanded video version of this story is available below while a shorter version will be available through World Report – a semi-annual program which highlights news and activities of the Church since the previous general conference. The World Report will be released this Wednesday, April 3, on Newsroom in 11 languages and will air on the Church satellite system during and beyond general conference weekend. It will also air on BYUtv and KSL-TV.

“We’re now more than ever a worldwide Church,” said Mack Wilburg, music director for The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. “To be able to share hymns together from the worldwide Church, I think, is a really significant and an exciting thing.”

More groups of new hymns will be released every few months until the full hymnbook is complete in 2026. The same advance release plan will begin for many other languages over the next two to three years.

“The Church is filling the earth,” said Ryan Murphy, associate music director for The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and hymnbook committee member. “As we continue to have more members of the Church from different cultures and backgrounds and diverse life experiences, we’re increasing the reach of our offerings through the hymns that allow people to feel that they are included in this hymnbook and that their voice can be expressed in worship through the hymns.”

You can read this entire news release on Church Newsroom here.

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