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Video: Help Haiti – Do Good!

On January 22, 2010 The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued an official statement on Haiti, urging its members to Help. This video features the text of that statement, combined with images from Haiti, and set to the LDS Hymn “Have I Done Any Good?” Continue reading

Finding Happiness On A Treadmill

For the past three weeks I’ve been diligently working on my “New Years Resolution List”. Just like countless former ‘NYR Lists’, the subject of Weight loss & Fitness is written near the top. And, just like every other year, I had good intentions. But unlike every other year, I made an important discovery which is helping me overcome my ultimate stumbling blocks to fitness… Continue reading

Anthem For A New Year

On January 4, 2008, after four years of extensive renovation, the Utah State Capitol building held a formal Re-dedication ceremony. The ceremony’s 2008 program was based on the program used during the original dedication in 1916.

Included among the many performances was a new musical commission entitled “Anthem for a New Year: Into Light”.

The lyrics were a new poem written by Utah’s Poet Laureate Katharine Coles, PhD, and set to music by Utah composer Kurt Bestor. The premeire was conducted by Craig Jessop, and the extensive cast of local performers included The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Utah Symphony Orchestra, The Bells on Temple Square, the 23rd Army Band, the International Children’s Choir, and the Cathedral of the Madeleine Choir School.

The poem compares the cold dark winter dawning slowly into spring as an allegory for our personal opportunities to change with the season, reach for new possibilities, and become beings of light.

Watch A Video Of This Musical Premiere Continue reading

Resolution Time and Einstein

It’s time for “making the list” and “checking it twice”. And, no, we’re not talking about the big guy in the red suit [that was LAST week]. I’m talking about YOUR list. Or, more accurately, YOURS, MINE and OURS. The infamous “New Year Resolutions List”. And, if you’re like me, you’re quietly pulling out last year’s list and quickly dusting it off….”Voila! All done!”
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Here are some Helpful hints from Einstein! And, Don’t miss the “motivational” music video! Continue reading

It’s Not Like I’m Dying

This past Saturday the moment of truth finally arrived for our family. It was time to bid goodbye to our oldest child as she begins College. In my earlier post entitled “Don’t Turn Around“, I spoke about the bitter-sweet experience it is to watch a child grow up, and accept the circle of life. I … Continue reading

Don’t Turn Around

Don’t Turn Around

Recently my heart has become tender as I ponder the bitter-sweet truth of being a parent. Our babies grow up. On one hand, it is a thrill to see Baby reach milestones . We celebrate her very first step, the first word, the first loose tooth and the first day of school, among a long list … Continue reading

Pornography Addiction: Movie Offers Hope

A compelling documentary has been created entitled “Pornography: Confronting the Addiction”…watch the movie trailer and read this thought-provoking and educational post.

Ignorance is Satan’s playground. Knowledge provides us the power for prevention and the catalyst for change… Continue reading

The Lost Generation

History gave us “Generation X”, which in turn gave birth to “Generation Y”. Today’s rising youth are sometimes referred to as the “Lost Generation”. It is a retrospective reference to the disillusioned youth of post-WWI, viewed comparable to present-day. Two years ago, a creative and thought-provoking video was submitted to the AARP’s U@50 video contest. It received a standing … Continue reading

Changing The World

Out of small and simple things, great things are brought to pass. Out of small and simple souls the world can change forever. This video is an inspirational feast. Enjoy – MoSop

Pandemic Panic versus Peace

In light of the “pandemic panic” which is presently creeping through our nation, and the world, I think it is important to step back, and put things into proper perspective. Nothing captures the imagination like a new scourge, and too often we worry about remote risks while ignoring real dangers…The best antidote for this kind … Continue reading

God’s Game Plan

God’s Game Plan

God our Father has a Gameplan, and we’re all on the team! If He had a “playbook”, He might borrow a few play titles straight from daytime TV: As The World Turns One Life To Live Guiding Light All My Children Search For Tomorrow Another World For simplicity, this is Our Family Story.I love hearing, … Continue reading

PROPHECY: World Destruction, Change, Fear, and Hope

This video highlights prophetic words of modern Latter-day prophets and apostles spoken over the past 30 years, up to the present. Our world is undergoing rapid change, much of which is destructive, catastrophic and devastating. People everywhere are suffering pain, discouragement and fear. However, there is HOPE, even in these dark and troubled times. God … Continue reading

SMILE! VALIDATION! You Deserve It!

You do not want to miss watching this awesome short movie called “VALIDATION“. It has won many independent film festival awards and has changed lives. The creators are offering it free of charge to the public. This is 16 minutes guaranteed to make you smile. Be sure to watch it to the very end. Afterwards, … Continue reading

Life without Limits – Nick Vujicic

When Nick Vujicicwas born, his Australian Christian parents held a tiny child with no arms or legs. Despite the crushing odds Nick faced, he has turned his trial into triumph. He now spends his life speaking to groups all around the world. His message is one of hope and joy. No matter what we face in life, we never face it alone. … Continue reading

Deep In Our Bones

This weekend was our Stake Conference. [Translation: An LDS Stake is a group of local area Congregations who meet all together twice per year – this is similar to a ‘diocese’ in other religions). The leadership of our Stake was being reorganized, which only occurs each nine years, so there was much excitement and anticipation. … Continue reading

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

Choosing Hard Things

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.” Hymn 110 This weekend while I was working on a church assignment, I found a scrap of paper tucked into my Bible. It was slightly torn, but I could tell at one time it had been a program from a Sunday service. I recalled … Continue reading

A Little Change

Isn’t life interesting? We build a comfortable “personal space” around ourselves. It is almost like our own mini world-within-a-world that we carry as an invisible shell. This protective shell is the sum of all our experiences, knowledge, hopes and fears. It shapes how we see the world. It defines ‘life as we know it’, and … Continue reading