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Gramps,

Why is the US National Anthem included in the LDS hymnbook? Does it mean that the national anthems of other countries are less worthy (for want of a better word) to be included?

Jose

 

Answer

 

Dear Jose,

I had to do a little research on this one!  I’m not certain why the US Anthem is in the hymnbook while the anthems from other countries aren’t. There is a note in the hymnbook that states:

National Anthems

A few patriotic songs have been included in the hymnbook; with priesthood approval, local national anthems may be added. Members may stand for national anthems in Church meetings according to local custom and priesthood direction.

It is my understanding that some countries (with priesthood approval) paste their national anthem in the back of their hymnbooks.

 

Gramps

 

 

 

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