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Question #91488 posted on 07/09/2018 1:54 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why is God Save the Queen in the patriotic section of the hymn book? It would be very reasonable if the anthem is in the British version of the hymn book, but makes less sense in the American one. Also, Battle Hymn of the Republic should be in the patriotic section.


-Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin

A:

Dear person,

Why are all of the America songs in the Canadian version of the hymnbook? Kidding, there is no Canadian version of the hymnbook. All English-speaking countries use the same hymnbook, it just happens to be very America-centric (so much so that it seems like it is the American version and other English-speaking countries must have their own). I wish there were no patriotic songs in the English hymnbook, or else that the national anthems of all English-speaking countries were included. 

Also, Canada got totally hosed. Despite being the country with the second greatest number of LDS English speakers (the UK has less), the Canadian national anthem isn't even in there (unless someone glues it in, seminary student-style).

-Sheebs, the token Canadian 

A:

Dear Mr/Ms/Mrs Tarkin,

Since you brought up the song, I would just like to point out that the lyrics we know as the Battle Hymn of the Republic are far from the first lyrics to be assigned to that tune, and every time we sing it in church all I can think of is an earlier version that starts with, "John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave." Overall not a very inspirational experience, would not recommend.

-Alta

posted on 07/09/2018 9:48 p.m.
This is likely to be short-lived as the church said they will be removing national anthems from the new print hymnbooks.

https://www.lds.org/music/new-music/frequently-asked-questions?lang=eng