PENDLETON, Ore. – After 15 years of choosing the most obscure, melodically confusing and unsingable hymns for Sacrament Meeting, Sister Ruth Hedges, 64, has finally started choosing hymns from her grandmother’s 1908 hymnal, Songs of Zion.
“It was just time,” Sister Hedges said in a recent interview. “We needed something new, you know? We, and I speak on behalf of the entire Ward, just got tired of the same old stuff.”
When staff from The Sunday Pews attempted to reach out to other members for their opinions concerning hymn choice, Sister Hedges cut in.
“Oh don’t ask them,” she said. “They’re so kind. They’ll choose the classics every time just to make my calling easier – they’re so thoughtful. No, I take it as a personal responsibility to make sure that every opportunity to sing is an opportunity to learn a completely new hymn.”
To access a copy of Songs of Zion, click here.
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Sources report that The First Presidency is compiling songs for a new hymnal, one of which you can exclusively preview here.