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Mormon Church Sunday, Simplified

Would you like to know more about what the Mormon Sunday worship service is like? Here’s a simple video that gives all the basic facts about attending, and what to expect. All are welcome and encouraged to join with us each Sunday. You may also bring your whole family (even the baby). Finding the nearest … Continue reading

Everything But The Kitchen Sink

Yesterday I wrote about Finding Light In The Darkess of our lives, and had the amazing good fortune of announcing that after our dark and dreary wait, Mr. MoSop received a job offer!! However, the Lord in His infinite wisdom made sure we didn’t get too uppity about it. (explanation momentarily).

Finding Light In The Darkness

In early Spring of 2008 the economic crises hit our household when my husband was laid off from his job. His employer was sad to have to let him go, but had no choice “due to the economic turn-down”. Mr. MoSop was provided with a small severance package, and a glowing reference letter, which were … Continue reading

Apology Accepted, Tom Hanks

Last week I wrote an open letter To Tom Hanks From An American Mormon Fan. During my letter, I encouraged Tom to apologize for his disparaging Mormon comments. Yesterday, he did: “Last week, I labeled members of the Mormon church who supported California’s Proposition 8 as “un-American.” I believe Proposition 8 is counter to the … Continue reading

2009 Mormon Handcart Trek An Historic Event

For decades, LDS Youth have experienced Mormon Pioneer Handcart Reenactments (lovingly nicknamed “Trek”). Sometimes, these super activities last just a weekend, sometimes an entire week or longer. This year, Brigham Young University is offering the chance of a lifetime, to participate in the ultimate Handcart Trek! They will be staging a re-enactment of the entire authentic 1856 Mormon Trail(1,400 mile) journey, … Continue reading

Inauguration Celebration For The Working Class

We are on the eve of another POTUS hand-off. There’s plenty of talking heads talking, and blogging hands blogging out their opinions and witty repartee. I have absolutely nothing important to say. But, just like millions of other Americans, that won’t stop me from saying something anyway.

Joe The Dog Provides A Parable

This particular post is the latest in the saga of our dog’s life, and his subsequent misadventures. Forget Joe The Plumber, we’ve got Joe The Dog! Here is the latest “teaching moment” he has provided: A [Living] Parable of The Dog and The Chili Can. 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

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

A 1978 Warning Of Current USA Crises

Thirty years ago Elder Neal A. Maxwell, who was then serving in The First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gave a talk at Brigham Young University entitled “Meeting The Challenges of Today,”. It was later republished as “A More Determined Discipleship“. His words of warning that day … Continue reading

A Birthmas To Remember

Today is my husband Peeps birthday. His greatest love in life (other than moi and the kids) is Christmas. In fact, it is a bit of an obsession. He plays Christmas music year round. He makes sure he owns a red car. He even managed to get married at Christmas and have his first child arrive the … Continue reading

What Is Marriage?

What Is Marriage?

Marriage is a “hot topic” right now in the media and the blog world due to Proposition 8 in California. Emotions are running high. There is much being said regarding this topic, combined with intensive personal investments of energy, money, time and effort. Some reports are staying neutral and open-minded, but often the tone becomes … Continue reading

Books that guide my life

Books that guide my life

For the past week I have been taking the “Hinckley Challenge” to read The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ in 97 days. So far, I’m ahead of schedule! I have read The Book of Mormon many times in my life. My mother would tell her children scripture stories from the time we were … Continue reading

Basket Case Syndrome

Our family is now officially entering Week 16 of unemployment. Hunky Hubby (HH) has exerted a heroic effort securing temporary work along the way. But the last three weeks have been a particular struggle as the already slow flow of available Temp jobs first turned into a trickle, and then dried up altogether. “Employment” seems to be a rare island … Continue reading

“Until Then” – Homeward Bound

“Until Then” – Homeward Bound

Today is probably just another ordinary day for most of us. But in my mind’s eye this morning, as I was navigating the traffic to work (because I missed the bus and had to take the car) I suddenly thought of thousands of military personnel who are waking up on an uncomfortable cot somewhere; to … Continue reading

Lucky 88th Birthday Luau

While all eyes of the world may have been turned towards Beijing last night, our family was celebrating the Lucky 8 in an extra special way. My paternal grandmother Adeline Kleven Seely Proctor celebrated 88 years of life on the 8th day of the 8th month of the 08th year!

What The Family Needs

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Gordon B. Hinckley ( 1910-2008 ) 15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “Our lives have become intensely fast-paced, filled with busyness and a frantic flitting about that was uncharacteristic of earlier ages. Everything from increased mobility to a plethora of time-saving devices has enticed us to … Continue reading

Pause And Remember

Pause And Remember

Today the United States of America celebrates Memorial Day. It was first titled “Decoration Day”, derived from the decorations placed upon graves of fallen Civil War soldiers in the 1800s. This day has become set apart to officially remember those who sacrificed everything on our behalf. On May 2, 2000, President Bill Clinton issued a … Continue reading

Be Still And Know

My heart is heavy this weekend as I learned of two tragedies hitting home and heart. The first was the death of Christian songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest child, Maria Sue. Certain areas of the country have given this more media attention than others. Our paper included only a small paragraph hidden in a national … Continue reading

Miracles Happen

Wonderful news! Our prayers of faith have been answered! I was absolutely thrilled to read Sam Shaw’s update on little Eloise. She is well. She is laughing. Her doctors cannot explain the change that took place which enabled her to forgo the scheduled surgical procedure. Eloise becomes another living witness that miracles do happen. I rejoice with Sam and … Continue reading

One Mormon View of Polygamy

Due to the recent events in Texas there has been an outpouring of media attention, articles, and blog posts on the subject of polygamy. It certainly is a blessing to exercise the divine gift of free expression! However, it is unfortunate that many have chosen to do so to stir up anger and promote intolerance. … Continue reading

Mom Power

My mother underwent surgery for breast cancer last week. She chose to have a lumpectomy, and the pathologist report has declared her margins clear of cancer cells! That is the great news. She has been blessed with a very rapid recovery, and was back to work just a few short days later. Of course, that is … Continue reading

No Empty Chairs

We have been experiencing a little taste of spring weather lately in Northern Utah. The other day it was unresistable, and I had to get out and enjoy it while it lasted! I believe I made my dog the happiest

A Child of God

I am a Child of God, and He has Sent me Here, Has given me an earthly home, with parents Kind and Dear”  – Listen To: “For The Beauty Of The Earth” We believe that each of our lives has a divine purpose, and that by coming to this earth we are part of a … Continue reading

For Time and Eternity

This past weekend I attended a “Bridal Shower” for a good friend and co-worker. In my community, it is a custom for the women friends of a bride to

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