SALT LAKE CITY—On June 18, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced that we’d all soon see significant changes to the standard green LDS hymnal as well as the children’s songbook. As promised, some of those changes are already rolling out. Just this morning the Church released a sneak peek at the first new addition.
The Church’s department of public relations published a press release today stating that, “The first new hymn the brethren decided to add to the next iteration of the hymnal was really a no-brainer. Out of all the submissions we’ve received, this song’s moving lyrics and spiritual overtones quickly raised it to the top of the short list.
“It motivates us to stop being, essentially, strangers to love, mirroring the Old Testament admonition to, ‘Love ye therefore the stranger.’ This new hymn also outlines quintessential values such as commitment, honesty, and emotional expression.”
Maybe the most surprising aspect of the new hymn is just how modern and popular it is even outside of the religious world. Written in 1987 by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, and Pete Waterman, this song was originally categorize under the genre “blue-eyed soul.” Astoundingly, almost 450 million people have listened to the song on YouTube alone (see video below).
New Attitudinal Term
Every current hymn in the green hymnal includes an instructional term under the title that helps the congregation understand the attitude with which to sing. Terms range from Triumphantly and Exultantly to Peacefully and Gently. According to Church sources, this new tune’s attitudinal term will be Persevering.
Check out the newest hymn right here:
Consider yourself Rick-Rolled.