Doctrinal Accuracy in Hymns

This site lists hundreds of hymns and songs that have appeared in publications of interest to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, because the songs vary widely in authorship, purpose, and scope, at times they fall short in representing the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here are some things to keep in mind:

The disclaimers above may sound pessimistic, but despite any flaws, I love our hymnbooks – especially our current hymnbook – not because it is perfect, but because it is right. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ care about music in the Church. From the first divinely-commissioned latter-day hymnbook in 1835, to our current hymnbook from 1985, Church members have been given the hymns they needed, when they needed them most.

I’m excited that the Savior has commissioned a new hymnbook and a new songbook for children, as announced in 2018. The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have received direction that now is the time, and have put committees in place to see its completion. Through hard work, dedicated review, and moments of inspiration, we will receive the best hymnbook we’ve ever had – the one divinely set apart for our generation. We will receive it with joy!