Posted in December 2008

A New Year of Hope and Gratitude

Don’t change that dial…yes, this is still MormonSoprano! However, in honor of the upcoming New Year celebration, I made a few little festive changes. I also activated my “falling snow” feature, as it makes a nice double for confetti, don’t you think? It is hard to believe that we are already ushering 2008 out the … Continue reading

MormonAds Beautify YouTube

In a continuation from my last post, The New Era magazine for LDS teens is now on YouTube sharing MormonAds. I think the message of this one is very appropriate as we plan New Year’s Resolutions!

The New Era “Little Baby”

In the spirit of our modern age, and Elder Ballard’s media directive, a popular LDS publication has joined the 21st Century. The New Era Magazine, written by and for Mormon teens has launched a YouTube account this week to share their creative MormonAds! Here is their Christmas 2008 greeting. more about “The New Era “Little … Continue reading

Seek and Find The Christmas Spirit

“As we seek Christ, as we find Him, as we follow Him, we shall have the Christmas spirit, not for one fleeting day each year, but as a companion always. We shall learn to forget ourselves. If we remember, “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service … Continue reading

Ave Maria, Gounod and Schubert

  The Hail Mary or Ave Maria (Latin) is a traditional Catholic prayer asking for the intercession of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. The prayer incorporates two passages from Saint Luke’s Gospel: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women” (Luke 1:28) and “Blessed art thou amongst … Continue reading

O Holy Night – Kenneth Cope & Liz Swindle Artwork

Listen to Kenneth Cope sing “O Holy Night” while viewing the masterpieces of Jesus Christ’s life created by artist Liz Lemon Swindle. I find this a powerful and wonderful way to reflect upon the meaning of Christmas. more about “O Holy Night – Kenneth Cope & Liz Swi…“, posted with vodpod

Walking In The Air with The Snowman

Last year little 6 year old Connie Talbot, WOWed Simon Cowell and the other judges of the “Briton’s Got Talent” TV search. Connie went on to become one of the winners of the television competition. She is beloved by all who hear her sweet voice, and see her charming grin. In this video, Connie sings … Continue reading

19 Years Living “Happily Ever After”

Nineteen years ago, on the 19th of December, “Peeps” and I got married. Our ceremony was performed by Patriarch Arthur Strong in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. It was a beautiful day. Unseasonably warm for December. Although the sky was partly overcast, most of the snow had melted. In the background of several of our … Continue reading

Charlie Brown “What Christmas Is All About”

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” was created by Charles M. Schulz as a prime-time animated TV special. It was sponsored by Coca-Cola, and originally aired on CBS in 1965. This final scene has always touched my heart. Gather the family around, and enjoy. more about "Charlie Brown "What Christmas Is All …", posted with vodpod

The Greatest Gift

Please take a few minutes to watch this powerful video of the last words of LDS leader President James E. Faust before his death on August 10, 2007. President Faust tells about The Greatest Gift we can give to ourselves and to others this year. more about “The Greatest Gift“, posted with vodpod

Mother Mary Went The Distance

Mother Mary Went The Distance

As we celebrate this most joyful time of year, let us not forget to pause and ponder the true reason for the season, and give thanks to those who sacrificed everything to make it possible. I always like to think about Mary, the Mother of Jesus. I consider her one of my heroes. She is … Continue reading

The Nativity Breath of Heaven

“The Nativity” is a short film produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (free copies available online). In this remix by a creative friend, Amy Grant’s song “Breath of Heaven” has replaced the original soundtrack. I think it makes a lovely fit. more about “The Nativity Breath of Heaven“, posted with vodpod

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

It’s snowing! Yes, for a limited time period, I have a “Falling Snow” feature on my site for you to enjoy (courtesy of the creative folk at WordPress). Appropriately, Salt Lake City is due for a whopper winter storm tonight, which should add an extra festive flavor for those attending the Temple Square Christmas Light … Continue reading

Video: Angela Johnson Sculpting Christ

Earlier this year I posted an exclusive interview with LDS sculptor Angela Johnson, who shared her miraculous story. A new video about her has been released, and I am thrilled to share it with you. You can read the interview here: To learn more about her non-profit “I am the Light of The World” Foundation, … Continue reading

Music Gives Life To African Children

Twenty-five years ago Ray Barnett visited Uganda, where he first envisioned the African Children’s Choir™. Today, the Music for Life program has helped hundreds of African children receive shelter, food, education, musical training, and the opportunity to reach their full potential. Many of these children have lost one or both parents to war, AIDS, and other effects of poverty. … Continue reading

An Arabic Christmas Carol

I have discovered a lovely and fascinating video which combines a Byzantine era Christmas song in arabic, with beautiful images. The english translation is included. It is easy to forget that there are devout followers of Christ found throughout all nationalities and cultures. This arabic chant describes Jesus Christ’s nativity, and has been preserved by … Continue reading

Joy To Everyone This Christmas!

Joy to the World! An exceptional new movie has been created by The Brigham Young University Fine Arts Department, in celebration of the season, which I am thrilled to share with you. I wish each and every one of you the gifts of love, hope and happiness. May your hearts be filled with the “peace that surpasseth all understanding”, … Continue reading

Ronan Tynan, Voice of Courage

Ronan Tynan has overcome tremendous odds throughout his life, rising to become one the world’s most inspirational men. Tynan was born in Ireland on May 14, 1960. He suffered with a lower-limb disability, but kept very active in sports and excelled in horsemanship. Unfortunately, after complications from an auto accident,

Joseph B. Wirthlin’s Final Words of Wisdom

This is an excerpt of Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin’s final public address which was given at the LDS General Conference in October 2008. The title of his talk was; “Come What May, and Love It.” It is full of humor, wisdom and comforting counsel. I thank Seth Adam Smith for creating a beautiful tribute for us to ponder and … Continue reading

Joseph B. Wirthlin, Rest In Peace

Our oldest LDS Apostle passed away peacefully in his sleep late Monday night at age 91. Back in 1936, “Speedy” Wirthlin played halfback for the University of Utah. With a slight build and light on his feet, he was an all-around good athlete. Elder Wirthlin has been beloved by the church as a kind, gentle … Continue reading