Mormon Tabernacle Choir History In Europe

Mormon Tabernacle Choir History In Europe

Since Thursday night’s exciting Tour announcement I’ve been doing a lot of “Googling”. I’ve read websites about the artistic and historical significance of the countries and cities the Choir will be visiting. I’ve read about the history of the LDS church presence in those cities, the LDS temples in close proximity, and other significant historical events and sites within the … Continue reading

A Tour To Europe 2016!

A Tour To Europe 2016!

Ohmigoodness!! Just when I thought my day, my week and my life couldn’t get any more wild and crazy! Tonight [Thursday July 23] Choir members were asked to arrive a half hour early to rehearsal for a “special presentation.” I thought it must have something to do with our East Coast Tour we just returned from … Continue reading

Is This Real Life?

Is This Real Life?

It’s been one of “those” days, and one of those weeks, and it’s pretty much turning into one of those lives… For one thing, I left my purse home this morning. I know. First world problems, right? I was carrying several other bags plus a lunch sack so I didn’t notice I was not actually carrying the … Continue reading

Pioneer Principles: Your Heritage

Pioneer Principles: Your Heritage

July 24 is a very significant date in both Mormon and Utah state history. On Saturday July 24, 1847 – after nearly 17 months, and hundreds of miles of weary wagon travel – Brigham Young led an “advance party” of 148 pioneers into Utah’s Valley of the Great Salt Lake. They sought a sanctuary where their people could live in peace, … Continue reading

Laura Osnes Sparkles With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Laura Osnes Sparkles With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Each year the Mormon Tabernacle Choir honors their Pioneer heritage with an enchanting concert at the 21,000 seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City. A special guest artist is always invited, and for 2015 the 2-time Tony nominee sweetheart of Broadway Laura Osnes joined in “Music for a Summer Evening“. ~ Laura Osnes played Cinderella in the Broadway revival of Roger and Hammerstein’s classic musical … Continue reading

Amazing Grace Restores Faith On Broadway

Amazing Grace Restores Faith On Broadway

One of many  ‘Best Memories’  from my time in New York City this summer was getting to see the new Broadway musical AMAZING GRACE. WOW! If you are headed to NYC and you can only see one musical, then please make sure to see this one! Before we went on tour my friend Debby and I … Continue reading

West Point Academy 4th of July Surprise!

West Point Academy 4th of July Surprise!

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra members always receive a very detailed itinerary prior to each tour. Our 2015 Atlantic Coast Tour itinerary arrived one week prior to departure. Every moment was accounted for … except July 4th. That day was shrouded in mystery, labelled only as “private event.” Watch a video and see photos of this historic (EPIC) Independence Day!! Continue reading

Singing A Fond Farewell To Elder Perry

Singing A Fond Farewell To Elder Perry

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang four beautiful musical selections for Elder Perry’s funeral service. Each one of these songs were loved by Elder Perry and requested by his family. Each one of these songs are musical sermons and have beautiful symbolism well worth pondering. Continue reading

What Is Really Important To You?

What Is Really Important To You?

Recently I’ve been going through the job seek & find process. This hasn’t been what I would call a “fun” activity (does anyone find this fun?!). It has taken me out of my comfort zone. It’s reminded me how rusty I am on answering those infamous “tell me about a time when…” and “what is your greatest … Continue reading

Elder Perry Not Of This World

Elder Perry Not Of This World

Tonight beloved LDS apostle Elder L. Tom Perry lost his brief battle with cancer. Four weeks ago it was announced he was getting treatment for cancer. Yesterday it was announced that despite treatment, his cancer had metastasized to his lungs, and he was entering hospice care. There’s been an outpouring of love and expressions of compassion and kindness online, and I also noticed … Continue reading

Gardening In The Rain

Gardening In The Rain

I’m officially gardening again! According to the Farmer’s Almanac (i.e. people that garden who actually know what they’re doing) it’s considered “safe” to plant after Mother’s Day – which really means I can’t procrastinate any longer. I’ve been putting it off mainly because every time I think “OK. This is it. Tomorrow morning is the day!” inevitibly it would be pouring … Continue reading

Remember Courage

Remember Courage

What does it mean to have courage? There are many wonderful examples all around us of people being courageous. I bet you can think of someone right now in your life who is exercising courage. In fact, I bet you’ve had to find and use courage, too. Continue reading

Mormon Prayer: Heavenly Conversation

Mormon Prayer: Heavenly Conversation

In honor of this weeks National Day of Prayer, leaders from different faiths were interviewed by The Washington Post to demonstrate how they pray. Sister Linda Otani McKinney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and leader of a local LDS Relief Society, was invited to share about Latter-day Saint/Mormon prayer. She explained how we think of prayer as “a heavenly conversation,” and outlined the four basic steps to prayer; Continue reading

Motherhood Matters

Motherhood Matters

This Sunday we will celebrate Mother’s Day in the USA and my thoughts are turned to all of the wonderful mothers in my life. On Saturday September 27, 1980 the annual General Relief Society Meeting was held in Salt Lake City inside the Tabernacle on Temple Square. The theme was “Learn—Then Teach,” Continue reading

Singing With Angels Movie With MoTab

Singing With Angels Movie With MoTab

I got to be a “movie star” yesterday for the upcoming feature film Singing With Angels, and there was definitely some heavenly intervention involved! The past week I’ve been “down and out” laying in bed with a terrible illness – fever/aches/congestion/cough you name it – binge-watching episodes of HGTV home makeovers in-between being catatonic, feeling miserable and sorry for … Continue reading

Sunday Schooling Things

Sunday Schooling Things

The Lord has been “schooling me” a lot (as He does) and I decided to start taking notes. The Lord desires us to acknowledge His hand “in all things“(D&C 59:21) and to give thanks to Him “in every thing.” (1Thess 5:18). The thought occurred to me that another way of acknowledging & giving thanks would be to share some of the insights I’ve received … Continue reading

Nepal Earthquake: Is Bishnu OK? How Can We Help?

Nepal Earthquake: Is Bishnu OK? How Can We Help?

I joined the world in shock and sadness this morning at the news of the devastating earthquake in Nepal . My thoughts and prayers are with all of the people suffering directly and indirectly, and those who are tirelessly trying to go to their aid. My first thoughts today were; “Is Bishnu and his family OK?” and “How can I … Continue reading

2015 Choir Retirement: God Be With You!

2015 Choir Retirement: God Be With You!

On Sunday April 19, 2015 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir bid a tearful, fond farewell to 28 family members during the annual retirement ceremony. Membership in the Choir is limited to 20 years of service, or age 60, whichever comes first. Each year that goes by for me I find the retirement ceremonies become more emotional. It’s difficult to describe just … Continue reading