7 Hymns We’d Love in the Next LDS Hymnbook

We love our hymns, but there are plenty of spiritual songs that haven’t made the cut yet and aren’t in the book. Here are 7 hymns we think would fit into the next edition of the LDS hymnal.

Come Thou Fount

We had to get this one out of the way first. An ’emeritus’ LDS hymn, Come Thou Fount has quite a following. If we put it back in, people may not even realize it was ever gone.

Consider the Lilies

It’s a bit of a tricky tune, but no harder than some of the others in the hymnbook. The lyrics get better as the verses progress, so Consider the Lilies would be perfect for an intermediate hymn during a short-ish sacrament meeting.

Will the Circle Be Unbroken

This one’s a little obscure, but for much of mainstream Christianity, this song is a bluegrass and country staple. Performed as a hymn, however, this song could fill a much-needed niche as another LDS funeral musical option. We can only sing “God Be With You Til We Meet Again” so many times.

Amazing Grace

Here’s another one that gets a lot of votes for new LDS hymn. There’s nothing more mainstream Christian than “Amazing Grace,” but that doesn’t mean it’s not a potent spiritual force. And it was performed at President Hinckley’s funeral, so it’s not like it doesn’t belong in the most solemn settings.

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Too similar to “Consider the Lilies?” Maybe. Un-spiritual and inappropriate for a sacrament meeting? Definitely not. This variant of “All Creatures of our God and King” has become a fan favorite as performed at General Conferences. It’s tricky, but our congregations can handle it.

O Come O Come Emmanuel

Yeah, we had to put a Christmas hymn in here. “O Come O Come Emmanuel” is a little eerie, but its deep, meaningful content makes it definitely worth a slot on our list.

Down to the River to Pray

And closing out our list, straight from the “O Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack is this classic Christian spiritual. The song is a little repetitive, but the growing, repeated reverence and inclusiveness gives it a depth and gravitas worthy of an LDS hymn.

Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Jeff Dawson

    Though in the Outward Church Below.

  • Fiona

    This is my song (Set to Finlandia by Sibelius, just like Be Still My Soul). https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/3b/8c/45/3b8c45da498f8889317cd914774369b8.jpg

  • Constance Kolberg

    Where’s Rock of Ages. 💕

  • Dale Stewart

    Don’t forget “Faith in Every Footstep”. It definitely needs to be in the new hymnal.

  • Michael Shea, MD

    Agreed. Great list. And maybe it is time for a choral section. Some hymns just aren’t appropriate for congregational singing because of range, harmonic complexity, or other factors.

  • Michael Shea, MD

    Agreed!

  • Timothy Thorman

    “All Things Bright and Beautiful” was actually in the Children’s songbook back in the 60s. The author of the words is Cecil F. Alexander, who also wrote “He is Risen” and “There is a Green Hill”. It was her attempt to put to music the phrases of the Apostles’ Creed.When you take out the orchestration and do it with an organ, it’s not that hard. If the kids can do it, everyone should be able to.
    I think Amazing Grace would not fit in our book because it stresses too much the idea of grace without the effort of “all we can do.” It’s too Protestant a hymn if you will. However, I would like to see “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” go in. The Tab Choir did some great recordings of that some years ago.
    A couple of other old hymns I’ve come to love are “It is Well with My Soul” and “To God be the Glory.” And I would love to have “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.”
    “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” was a favorite of Mama Carter, and is the official hymn of the Country Music Hall of Fame. In fact, at the Hall of Fame museum in Nashville, the rotunda has the guitar chords to the song on the outside. Inside, those words are inscribed on the wall. During each year’s induction ceremony, the living members of the Hall of Fame gather on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, in the circle made from the old Ryman Auditorium stage, and sing this hymn. It’s a very moving moment for each of them while they remember those who have left this life.

  • Ruth Counter

    Ode to Joy. PLEASE, PLEASE….the lyrics are so LDS.

  • Donna

    In the Garden

  • gretchiekc

    My Shepherd will Supply my Need, Faith in Every Footstep, Wexford Carol, Beautiful Savior

  • Jim Meeks

    What a friend we have in Jesus and Whispering Hope

  • Anna Mae Gibson

    I would love to see all these hymns included in the LDS hymn book. Older hymns are so beautiful. As I listened to them they brought me to tears!

  • Tanya

    What we need is Hymnal Vol II and not get rid of the other one. All the songs that were left out from the old (some call it Blue) hymnal can return and we can expand our ability to worship through music.

  • MaryJane Hansen

    One of my favorites, and one I’ve actually seen pasted in the cover of hymnbooks is Faith in Every Footstep. Great song.

  • Rodney Merrill

    Great list.