The Power of Our Words

The Power of Our Words

The apostle James gave a stirring lecture regarding the power of our words. He bluntly accused the tongue as “an unruly evil full of deadly poison”, but he also offered the secret formula to become the “perfect man” [or woman]. “If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to … Continue reading

Two Mormons Named Most Influential American Religious Leaders

Two Mormons Named Most Influential American Religious Leaders

Joseph Smith, Jr. and Brigham Young have topped the list of “Most Influential American Religious Leaders” in a special collector’s edition of Smithsonian magazine highlighting “the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time.” Founder and prophet Joseph Smith, Jr., ranked #1 on the list, with his successor Brigham Young ranking at #3. The magazine used some very … Continue reading

Mormon Mission: Hard Work – Priceless Blessing

Mormon Mission: Hard Work – Priceless Blessing

Today we officially welcomed home my youngest cousin Kate, who has been serving a full-time mission for the past 18 months in the England Leeds Mission! We are so proud of her faithful service. I will miss following her mission blog and hearing her updates and weekly testimonies of faith (but, perhaps she will choose to … Continue reading

See You On The Other Side

See You On The Other Side

Meet Shaun Canon (real name Barrows). He “writes songs for Superheros”. In 2007, the Emmy-Nominated musician says he “discovered his ability to Sing, as well as transcend both Space and Time”. He’s been featured on soundtracks such as the Big Bang Theory, and collaborated with a lot of big names. Shaun is  a super talented musician from my hometown of Salt Lake City. He … Continue reading

Making Death A Part Of Life

Making Death A Part Of Life

The writer of Ecclesiastes said, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die.” (Eccl. 3:1-2) I’m sharing more thoughts today in my ongoing fascination and exploration of the topic of death. Our Life – including our death – can … Continue reading

Tolstoy: Where Love Is, There God Is Also

Tolstoy: Where Love Is, There God Is Also

The Russian Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828-1910) , commonly known as Leo Tolstoy, is considered one of the world’s greatest novelists. He is best known for two [very long and epic] novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). Tolstoy was born into a life of high society and privilege, but was humbled through witnessing war … Continue reading

Putting God First

Putting God First

If we are following what God wants us to do with our lives, then everything will work out right. I have seen this first hand in my life many times. Most recently, through my parent’s mission service. Continue reading

Resolution To Run

Resolution To Run

Chances are, a lot of you have set some new fitness Resolutions. Great, me too! I have always loved to run [or jog, or walk fast]. I prefer being outside on roads and trails, not inside on a hamster wheel. Mr. Mo and I have been running at least one race event per month together for … Continue reading

Happy 2015: Ring Out The Old, Ring In The New

Happy 2015: Ring Out The Old, Ring In The New

Howdy, friends! I took an unplanned but much needed hiatus from blogging this past week. I hope that all of you had a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Years Eve celebration. My family and I had a most excellent adventure visiting and celebrating with my parents who are currently serving as missionaries in northern … Continue reading

Oiche Chiuin (Silent Night) – Gaelic Christmas

Oiche Chiuin (Silent Night) – Gaelic Christmas

Just in time for Christmas! The Grammy Nominated and Billboard No. 1 American violinist Jenny Oaks Baker released a special video taken from the title track of her newest album Noel. Featuring special guest Alex Sharpe, a formal Celtic Woman, on Gaelic vocals. Both of these women happen to be Latter-day Saint (Mormon) musicians, and their children are included in … Continue reading

Experience Christmas At Temple Square!

Experience Christmas At Temple Square!

Watch a musical timelapse, meet tour guides and go behind-the-scenes today at one of the most magical Christmas places on earth: Temple Square, in Salt Lake City, Utah! There’s a reason people come from all over the world to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season here! Visitors will see millions of colored lights covering bushes, trees and buildings, … Continue reading

O Holy Night: Christmas Gift

O Holy Night: Christmas Gift

Here is a special Christmas video gift for you to enjoy this year, released to the world just in time – with lovely music from award-winning movie composer Robert Allen Elliott and scenes taken from the epic Bible Video series. This new video is stunning and moving, and is the perfect reminder of what Christmas really means. Enjoy! – MoSop O … Continue reading

What Child Is This? – Lindsey Stirling

What Child Is This? – Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist, dancer, artist, and composer. She creates unique choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her ultra-popular YouTube channel. In 2010, Stirling was a quarter-finalist on America’s Got Talent season five. (She did not advance because the judges felt there was no market for her style of performing and … Continue reading

300 Monthiversary

300 Monthiversary

On the 19th day of December 1989 my true love and I were married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. On the 19th day of each month ever since then my romantic husband ‘Mr. Mo’ has wished me a “happy monthiversary” and will commemorate our special day in some … Continue reading

Still, Still, Still – A Lullaby For The Christ Child

Still, Still, Still – A Lullaby For The Christ Child

The Christmas carol “Still, Still, Still” is a beloved Austrian folk-song by an anonymous author. This song is written as a lullaby for the newborn Christ child. It describes the peace of the infant Jesus and his mother Mary as the baby is sung to sleep. There are 6 original verses in German. However, there have been many different English translations and multiple variations of text. Maestro … Continue reading

Alex Boyé: Seeking Jesus With A New Song and A Camel

Alex Boyé: Seeking Jesus With A New Song and A Camel

The incomparable singer-songwriter Alex Boyé released a new Christmas music video on Dec. 15, 2014 as part of his gift to the world. The video shows Boyé  wandering through modern streets and shopping centers dressed as a wise-man (with his real-live camel in tow)! (*trivia* yep – that’s the same camel seen in The Piano Guys epic Live Nativity … Continue reading

BYU Men’s Chorus Releases Christmas Video

BYU Men’s Chorus Releases Christmas Video

Originally posted on Odes and Oracles:
On December 5, 2014 the BYU Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Rosalind Hall, released a special Christmas single as a free gift to the world. The single, “Come, Lord Jesus,” is part of a growing catalog of free hymns that the choir refers to as Set Apart – a fluid,…

God Rest Ye Merry Kings Singers

God Rest Ye Merry Kings Singers

One of the world’s leading a cappella ensembles is The King’s Singers. The British group was founded in 1968 and named after King’s College in Cambridge, England, where the group was formed by six choral scholars. Today they are renowned for their impeccable professionalism, flawless diction, tight harmonies and consistently beautiful musicianship. The Kings Singers have been a favorite guest … Continue reading

Acknowledging Grief At Christmas

Acknowledging Grief At Christmas

Christmas is known as the “Most Wonderful Time of The Year”. But, for those who are lonely, who are grieving the loss of a beloved, who have broken hearts or empty chairs, Christmas can become the “Most Painful Time of The Year”. I’ve blogged about this subject in the past, but I feel it is important to include a … Continue reading

12 Days? I’ll Take That Straight No Chaser Please!

12 Days? I’ll Take That Straight No Chaser Please!

We have officially reached the “only 12 more days” mark until THE big event! So, in honor of our countdown,  here is my favorite version of the Twelve Days of Christmas Song – titled simply 12 days, arranged and performed by the original Indiana State University’s professional A’Capella group Straight No Chaser, organized in 1996 and launching this viral video in … Continue reading

White Christmas – Human Nature

White Christmas – Human Nature

In 1989 (the year Mr. Mo and I married) four young high school friends in Australia, who loved to harmonize and sing A’cappella together, were introduced by their Choir teacher to the sounds of American MoTown. The rest, as they say, is history! The boy band 4 Trax was born, later renamed Human Nature. A quarter of a century later those … Continue reading

In The Bleak Midwinter with Sissel

In The Bleak Midwinter with Sissel

“In the Bleak Midwinter” is a Christmas carol based on a poem by the English poet Christina Georgina Rossetti, who was a devout Christian and is considered one of the most important women poets of nineteenth-century England. Roseetti’s “bleak midwinter” poem was written in 1872, during a time of intense personal grief while her beloved brother Dante suffered an emotional breakdown. The poem was kept among her private … Continue reading