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1. The 1985 hymnbook has a comparatively paltry selection of music (340 hymns compared to the Baptists with over 650, the United church with over 700, and the United Methodist winning the contest with over 900). While our hymnbook does contain an assortment of music—pioneer songs, simple American hymns, and English tunes courtesy of early converts, to name some—it is also limited compared to the range of other religions’ hymnals.
3. Ibid.
4. Journal of Discourses, 26 vols. (Liverpool, England: Franklin D. Richards and Samuel W. Richards, 1851-86; repr. Salt Lake City, 1974), 16:197-98.
5. Letter from Liberty Jail, Missouri, 25 March 1839, in Manuscript History of the Church (Church History Library), C-1, pp. 900-06, 907-12.
6. M. Moody, “Latter-day Saint Hymnbooks, Then and Now,” Ensign (Sep. 1985): https://www.lds.org/ensign/1985/09/latter-day-saint-hymnbooks-then-and-now?lang=eng.
7. P. Henderson and K. Cooks, “Mormons Besieged by the Modern Age,” Reuters, Jan. 31, 2012, retrieved from http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/31/us-mormonchurch-idUSTRE80T1CM20120131.
8. Kevin Barney, “Musical Testimony Meeting,” By Common Consent (Jul. 15, 2007), retrieved from http://bycommonconsent.com/2007/07/15/musical-testimony-meeting/. The description of the meeting above is adapted from that blog post.

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