The life of revered American poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882) held great sorrow, and also great faith. In 2008, actor Edward Herrmann recounted the inspiring story behind Longfellow’s enduring Christmas hymn of hope, “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day“.
A story of Christmas Peace told by Elder M. Russell Ballard, and a song of peace sung by The Choir Boys of Great Britain.
“In a recent stake conference, the tender mercies of the Lord were evident in the touching testimony of a young wife and mother of four whose husband was slain in Iraq in December of 2003. . .
When Brandon Jackson was only 14 years old, he made a choice to follow God, and help a group of orphans in Honduras. At that moment, he set his feet on a remarkable path.
I love it when songs are used as illustrations in talks during the Semi-Annual General Conference of our Church. Thankfully, it happens often. Last week’s October 2010 Conference was no exception.
Mormons and non-Mormons alike are mourning Sunday’s senseless and tragic death of Bishop Clay Sannar, age 42, of the Visalia California Ward congregation, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bishop Sannar had only been serving in his lay ministry calling a few months. While doing paperwork in his church office after morning …
Or, “why I haven’t been blogging, and why I’m finally blogging anyway”.
To say I do a lot of reading would be an understatement. Books, magazines, newspapers, blog posts, articles, commentary…online and offline…you name it, I can be found turning, flipping, scanning and scrolling down. Often during these ‘word feasts’ I come across a quote that sticks in my brain, and then churns around and around until it’s soft, and warm, and smooth as homemade butter taffy.
…”My Mother was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. I don’t know what was worse – the diagnoses, the actual cancer, or the thought of having to watch my mother suffer, and possibly die from this dreaded disease” . . .
This post shares my experience participating in the 2010 Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” in Salt Lake City Saturday May 8, 2010 as a Mother’s Day Present. Be sure to Watch the Video I created with exclusive photos and video clips!
This Sunday we will celebrate Mother’s Day in America. For many, it is a joyful occasion, highlighted with traditional gifts of roses, candy, homemade cards and small tokens - lovingly crafted by little hands with big hearts.
Today I am sharing a highlight video of the 180th LDS General Conference which was held April 3-4, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah. . . This offers a great recap of the significant messages and themes of the Conference in less than 10 minutes, and is well worth your time. Enjoy!
Conference Countdown Tip #7: Be A Guardian!
Discover more about a word we don’t hear often in today’s society, trace the history of Knighthood, and watch a powerful new video featuring President Elaine S. Dalton.
Conference Countdown Tip #6: Take Time To Give!
In Februrary 2009 a LDS high school Sophomore in Ozark, Missouri decided to start a very different kind of club with her two best friends. Read their story, and watch the inspiring video!
Conference Countdown Tip #1. Prepare For A Miracle.
In a world where a constant barrage of discouraging information and negative news surrounds us, it often seems impossible to find hope. How do we rise above it all? How can we find higher meaning? How do we have faith? . . .
Inside This Post: A Medical Miracle, A Journey of Faith, and an Inspiring Video!
Enjoy a music video of a new song written by Sally Deford, and sung by Welsh baritone James Loynes for the 2010 LDS Youth Theme!
Happy “Valentine’s Eve”! I would like to share the following story about love shared by President Thomas S. Monson,of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
“My father’s father came from Sweden, and his wife from England. They met…
Each year the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in conjunction with Brigham Young University, offers a week-long summer program for teens ages 14-18 called “Especially For Youth” (“EFY” for short). The first EFY program was held in 1976 in Provo, Utah.
A touching story from Haiti of love, and tender mercies. Texas Medical Student Bill Betz and his wife Amy have been married for 5 years and unable to conceive a child. When Bill was asked by his professor to join a medical relief team to Haiti after Jan. 12th’s devestating earthquake, the couple felt an impression that a little girl was waiting for Bill to find, and adopt. What followed was a miraculous journey, and a daughter named Lauren Elizabeth. Video Report attached. The Full story can be read at DeseretNews.com
Since the devestating 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti Jan 12, media networks have exponentially inundated us with tragic tales & images combined with stories of survival, heroism, sacrifice, service and love. Not a day goes by without “Haiti” being present somehow in our conscious or subconscious life. If you are anything like me, then over the past two weeks you’ve probably done two or more of the following…
An urgent letter to an important member of our family team.
A closer examination of one of the most famous quotes in Mormonism, attributed to President David O. McKay, offers some surprises, and some mysteries. In this post, discover the “Family Alter”, “God’s garden of Character”, and the most-quoted-yet-least-credited-non-Mormon-by-Mormons!
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.
On The 22nd Day of Christmas it’s time for something good to eat…
…MoSop shares several favorite recipes, just choose your treat!
In this post, enjoy 4 of our favorite Christmas baking recipes. Easy and fun! Directions and photos included!
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"]
On the 16th Day it isn’t always enough … to smile and grin and try to be tough… A post on coping with Grief and Loss at Christmas time.
Today, my message of hope and praise is just a little different from the norm. I wish to acknowledge the suffering that often accompanies this time of year when empty chairs and broken hearts seem especially out of place.
This Post includes an interview with singer-songwriter Cori Connors, and a NEW MoSop Movie Premeire “You Would Have Loved This”, from Cori’s Christmas CD: “Sleepy Little Town”. [watch in HD!]
“On The 9th Day of Christmas, MoSop shared a poem….to lighten up your holiday home”