It’s Veteran’s Day here in the USA – an opportunity for us to thank all military veterans for their service. It is also a time to reflect on those who bear the scars, both visible and invisible, and to remember those who did not return home. For all who serve and have served our country, saying “thank …
This Sunday we will celebrate Mother’s Day in the USA and my thoughts are turned to all of the wonderful mothers in my life. On Saturday September 27, 1980 the annual General Relief Society Meeting was held in Salt Lake City inside the Tabernacle on Temple Square. The theme was “Learn—Then Teach,”
My daughters have declared war on Valentine’s Day. OK, perhaps “war” is a bit too strong – how about we call it a “determined cultural protest”. Why? Because, in a nut shell, they are single and unattached, therefore, they feel that Valentines Day does not apply to them. Furthermore, the whole idea feels like a harsh reminder that they “have no …
Today is the first day of May. In many cultures “May Day” heralds the lively festival of Pagan origin celebrating life and the renewal of the earth. The holiday is not widely celebrated in the USA. But, Happy May Day anyway! Here in Utah we are appropriately enjoying a glorious, sunny spring morning. There will be sunny blue skies and …
Today is Mother’s Day; when we officially honor all of our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, friends, or any of the remarkable women who who have “mothered” us along the path of our lives. I read today that “Life doesn’t come with a manual; it comes with a Mother”. That’s such a lovely thought. Makes us feel all …
Each year, people travel from throughout the world to Mesa Arizona to experience the beautiful and spirit-filled production of the world’s largest outdoor Easter pageant, entitled “Jesus The Christ”.
Happy 2012! Today I sat down and dutifully started listing out all of my new year resolutions. First, I listed all the things I “should” do, which morphed into the things I “want” to do. Several on the two lists match up. In all honesty, it might be hard to stick to any resolution on …
A solid American oath for Memorial Day, and an enduring anthem for every day.
Today I joined with my family, friends and over 15,000 new “bosom buddies” in the annual Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure in Salt Lake City, Utah. This event is always held the first Saturday of May and you can read about our experience last year, here. Although the weather was predicted to hit …
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how the Mormon Soprano blog did in 2010, and here is a high level summary of its overall “blog health”, as well as a few personal observations on being a 21st Century “Blogger”.
In this beautifully illustrated video, a little girl tells the simple story of the birth of Jesus, and offers suggestions for how to celebrate!
The following story was told by President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Sharing Ten Things I am grateful for, and a beautiful song for Thanksgiving.
This month marks the third blogiversary of my MormonSoprano “experiment”! It’s hard to believe that 3 whole years have flown by of my life, let alone of my “Blogger” status! Three is such a wonderful number. So much symbolism and significance! . . .
…”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.
While driving to work, I had a favorite CD playing in my car – a collection of Andrew Lloyd Webber songs. I was preoccupied with the traffic, so the music mainly provided a soothing background. At one point, the lyrics of a particular song caught my attention. I felt moved by the sentiment of the words: Love, …
We continue this week’s theme of love with a masterful sermon given on the subject by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This message was delivered at the 179th Semi-Annual General Conference on October 3, 2009….VIDEO INCLUDED
What is one of the most overlooked commandments? Here is some advice to help make your Valentine’s Day a little sweeter! [music video included]
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…
Well, here we are. January 2nd. … Let’s Celebrate a unique holiday!
On today’s Wordpress home page there’s a simple poll. The question reads: “Are you optimistic for 2010?”
The 24-hr. vote shows that the answer “Yes” garnered 84%. Wow! It’s nice to know that despite a world filled with many troubles, we can still find a majority of people filled with optimism. This makes me feel more cheerful and more optimistic just seeing that vote of confidence!…
Learn about OPTIMISM…and watch a message about HOPE!
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
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!”
Here are some Helpful hints from Einstein! And, Don’t miss the “motivational” music video!
On Christmas Eve 1906, a 33-year-old university professor, and former chief chemist for Thomas Edison, named Reginald Fessenden did something long thought impossible. Using a new type of generator, Fessenden spoke into a microphone and, for the first time in history, a man’s voice was broadcast over the airwaves…
LEARN THE fascinating history of the beloved Christmas Carol “Cantique de Noël” [O Holy Night]. This post includes a video clip of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing Mack Wilberg’s arrangement.
On the 24th Day of our December julibee…It is time for some Christmas Eve Carols to lighten your festivity!
[music videos included]
On The 23rd Day of counting down, we’ve reached the Eve of Christmas Eve…
…here is a story that warms the heart, and helps us to believe