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The Last Letter Home: A Soldier’s Song

On May 1, 2003 husband, father, son and friend, US Army Pfc. Jesse Givens died in Iraq in the service of his country. He was 34 years old. Givens was parked in an M-1 main battle tank alongside the bank of the Euphrates River in Al Habbaniyah, Iraq. The riverbank gave way, resulting in the tank falling into the river. His comrades tried desperately and unsuccessfully to free him. Ironically, Pfc. Jesse A. Givens drowned in the desert…

Hear the story, and watch the musical performance of his last Letter Home. Continue reading

There Is Always Hope

Statistically speaking, the days that follow Christmas and year-end holiday celebrations show a higher spike in depression and suicide. Today’s post is is a new video produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The message is excerpts of a talk by apostle Elder Jeffrey R. Holland entitled “Lessons From Liberty Jail” originally given at a CES Fireside at Brigham Young Univeristy on Sept. 7, 2008. This new 9 minute video from MormonMessages offers a powerful reminder that we are never really alone, and there is always hope. {VIDEO} Continue reading

The Shepherd’s Story

The Shepherd’s Story

On the 25th Day of December, MoSop wishes you a Merry Christmas! … as we pause to Celebrate, Rejoice, and Remember.

The night of Jesus’ birth shepherds near Bethlehem were tending their sheep. … This post remembers the shepherds important role, and includes a new MoSop Movie illustrating the song “While Shepherds Lately Knelt” Continue reading

What Christmas Is All About

On The 17th Day of Christmas Countdown, MoSop reminds us
… what Christmas is all about, courtesy, Linus.

I’ve always loved the Peanuts Cartoon series. Creator Charles Schultz was smart. He knew that often it takes a child to be able to state the facts. There’s nothing quite so beautiful in simplicity. You’ve probably seen this video clip before, but as we face the last mad dash to complete our shopping and baking and party-going … it’s nice to be reminded. [video clip "What Christmas Is All About"] Continue reading

A Russian Christmas Miracle

I beleive that when music is performed with the spirit of God, it is the most powerful tool He has on earth in preparing a soul, softening a mind, and touching a heart. This story is a perfect example of how the power of spiritual music made a difference one cold December night in Moscow. Continue reading

New Words

New Words

“On The 6th Day of Christmas, MoSop shares a music treat”…
…The Song “NEW WORDS” performed by Brian Stokes Mitchell (so sweet!) Today’s gift is a new MoSop Movie, featuring one of the songs “Stokes” performed during last year’s Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert in SLC. I feel this particular song captures the true essense of Christmas, and offers . Enjoy!

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A Walk In Mary’s Shoes

“On the 5th Day of Christmas, MoSop gave to YOU…” A Chance To Walk In Mary’s SHOE(s)!

This post explores how Mary the Mother of Jesus was actually a fitness hero as well as a spiritual inspiration!

Bonus: A Video and a Reader’s Poll Continue reading

Bountiful Nativity a Work of Art

Residents of Temple View Drive in Bountiful City, Utah have a special love for Christmas, and they have found a special way to share it. The creation of a progressive Neighborhood Nativity started taking shape over a year and a half ago, when neighbors were thinking about holiday decoration ideas……[this post includes an exclusive sneak peak video!] Continue reading

“Does God Exist?”: Religion vs. Knowledge

The attached video is based upon a true story, and I feel is worthy of sharing with my readers. The Government of the Republic of Macedonia’s Ministry of Education & Science created this thought provoking clip. It was used as part of a social advertising campaign aimed at promoting religious education. The Headline for this commercial reads:  “Religion is knowledge, … Continue reading

9/11 Survivor Finds Peace

As we prepare to commemorate the anniversary of September 11, 2001 – one of America’s saddest days, there is opportunity for reflection, healing and peace. In this powerful video, survivor Victor Guzman describes his personal journey from the tragedy and trauma of 9/11, to hope, healing, and renewal. Created by Mormon Messages

Gracie’s Theme has Cardall’s Healing Touch

Mormon musician Paul Cardall was born in 1973 with a severe congenital heart defect. He has undergone countless surgeries, and is currently wait-listed for a heart transplant. This is his last hope. He dreams of living long enough to raise his little girl Eden alongside his beautiful wife Lynette.  Ironically, Paul possesses an exceptional art for healing others. Despite his failing … Continue reading

Come, Come Ye Saints, All Is Well

Today is a special day. On July 24, 2009 the Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley after years of persecution and an arduous trek of over 1300 miles – blazing what became known as the Mormon Trail. I have blogged before about Honoring The Mormon Pioneers, and my own pioneer heritage. It is something I treasure. … Continue reading

Parents Finding Inner Hindu

“Mom, I want to be Hindu”. The devout Mormon mother looks deeply into the earnest blue eyes of her teenaged daughter. She sees sincerity and anxiousness, combined with notable fear of retaliation or rejection. Mom quietly tries to process her child’s declaration. She waits for the immediate flood of  unspoken questions, thoughts, panic and concern crowding into her brain to settle down. She waits for the perfect … Continue reading

Honoring The Mormon Pioneers

On July 24 the State of Utah will celebrate Pioneer Day. On this date  in 1846 the first advance party of Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake City valley, and their leader, President Brigham Young looked out of a wagon from his sick-bed, and pronounced “This is the right place“. I am grateful for their stories … Continue reading

You’re Not Alone

There are times in our life when we are going to feel completely and utterly alone. I have endured these. Some have only lasted a moment, or a day. Other experiences have lasted over a long extended period of time. These feelings are painful, frightening, and often seem overwhelming. If ever you are feeling lonliness, hopelessness, or fear, I want … Continue reading

VIDEO: Truman Madsen Tribute

In conjunction with my last post memorializing the passing of Mormon Scholar Truman Madsen, I want to share a link to the Mormon Times which is offering a fabulous video tribute that should not be missed! Truman Madsen: Eternal Man

Facing Hard Times

This life is not always easy, nor was it meant to be. It is a time of testing and proving. When we are having a particularly hard time, and things seem unbearable, we can be assured that we are not alone. There is One who can bear our burdens, and hold us in His arms… Continue reading

Mormon Channel: Good News In The Air

What exciting news! The LDS Church has taken another huge step onto the world stage using “New Media” to spread a positive message to the world. This new radio channel was created to give an inspirational option for online listening, religious instruction, and uplifting music. Members and non-members of the Mormon church will enjoy the messages. Read MORE… Continue reading

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