LDS Hymn Book

Members of the Brigham Young University-Idaho community (students, faculty/staff and community) are invited to submit original hymn texts for use in the Twelfth Annual BYU-Idaho Hymn Festival to be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2017.

Submissions chosen for use will be forwarded to BYU-Idaho music students, who will create a new hymn tune and harmonization for the submitted text. (Important! - Be sure that your text follows a common poetic meter for hymns; see page 405 in the LDS hymnal for more on this.) Or, if desired, the new hymn text can be sung to an existing LDS hymn tune.  

Also, instead of creating an entirely new hymn text, an additional verse (or verses) to an existing LDS hymn may be submitted.   

Any gospel topic may be addressed - some ideas include:

  • Temples
  • The Prophet Joseph Smith
  • The Restoration of the Gospel
  • The Sacrament
  • Sabbath Day Topics not widely covered in the current hymnal, such as baptism, covenants, tithing, etc.

Submissions are due by Friday, November 4, 2016, at the BYU-Idaho Music Department office (SNO 246 - Attn: Hymn Festival) or via email at   

Mailing address:

BYU-Idaho Music Dept.

Attn: Hymn Festival

525 South Center St.

Rexburg, ID 83460

   Please include your name, address, phone number, email, and a scripture reference that supports the text (such as are provided for each hymn in the LDS hymnal).  

Please note that due to the volume of entries, not all submitted texts may be used in the festival.   

Questions can be directed to: