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Mormon Tabernacle Choir History In Europe

Mormon Tabernacle Choir History In Europe

Since Thursday night’s exciting Tour announcement I’ve been doing a lot of “Googling”. I’ve read websites about the artistic and historical significance of the countries and cities the Choir will be visiting. I’ve read about the history of the LDS church presence in those cities, the LDS temples in close proximity, and other significant historical events and sites within the … Continue reading

Pioneer Principles: Your Heritage

Pioneer Principles: Your Heritage

July 24 is a very significant date in both Mormon and Utah state history. On Saturday July 24, 1847 – after nearly 17 months, and hundreds of miles of weary wagon travel – Brigham Young led an “advance party” of 148 pioneers into Utah’s Valley of the Great Salt Lake. They sought a sanctuary where their people could live in peace, … Continue reading

Singing A Fond Farewell To Elder Perry

Singing A Fond Farewell To Elder Perry

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang four beautiful musical selections for Elder Perry’s funeral service. Each one of these songs were loved by Elder Perry and requested by his family. Each one of these songs are musical sermons and have beautiful symbolism well worth pondering. Continue reading

Elder Perry Not Of This World

Elder Perry Not Of This World

Tonight beloved LDS apostle Elder L. Tom Perry lost his brief battle with cancer. Four weeks ago it was announced he was getting treatment for cancer. Yesterday it was announced that despite treatment, his cancer had metastasized to his lungs, and he was entering hospice care. There’s been an outpouring of love and expressions of compassion and kindness online, and I also noticed … Continue reading

Mormon Prayer: Heavenly Conversation

Mormon Prayer: Heavenly Conversation

In honor of this weeks National Day of Prayer, leaders from different faiths were interviewed by The Washington Post to demonstrate how they pray. Sister Linda Otani McKinney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and leader of a local LDS Relief Society, was invited to share about Latter-day Saint/Mormon prayer. She explained how we think of prayer as “a heavenly conversation,” and outlined the four basic steps to prayer; Continue reading

Sunday Schooling Things

Sunday Schooling Things

The Lord has been “schooling me” a lot (as He does) and I decided to start taking notes. The Lord desires us to acknowledge His hand “in all things“(D&C 59:21) and to give thanks to Him “in every thing.” (1Thess 5:18). The thought occurred to me that another way of acknowledging & giving thanks would be to share some of the insights I’ve received … Continue reading

The Lord’s University – Heaven On Earth

The Lord’s University – Heaven On Earth

This morning, the public tour reservations for the new Payson Utah Temple opened! Hooray! I’ve been watching this beautiful holy house rise for the past 3 years and I’m so excited to get to go inside! I have my reservation for the second week of May. :) Before a temple is dedicated there is always an open house with … Continue reading

It’s Here! General Conference Is For You

It’s Here! General Conference Is For You

I am a tiny tot with her eyes all aglow, and I surely find it hard to sleep tonight! General Conference is here! It always feels like the most excellent Christmas to me, and guess what? You’re ALL INVITED to attend the celebration with me! Oh, please do come! You don’t want to miss this! You can watch … Continue reading

He Is Risen! – Hymn for The Easter Feast

He Is Risen! – Hymn for The Easter Feast

One of my favorite Easter hymns is “He Is Risen” written by Cecil Frances (“Fanny”) Alexander (1818-1895). From a very early age Fanny loved to write poems. She was near-sighted, timid and shy. At the tender age of nine her father noticed a lump under the rug in Fanny’s bedroom. Lifting the rug, he discovered a hidden stack … Continue reading

Finding Easter

Finding Easter

I should be sleeping. If I went to bed right this moment I might be lucky enough to get four three two solid hours of sleep. But, I’m not in bed and I’m not sleeping. Instead I’m sitting here worrying. I’m worrying about my in-laws who are both very seriously ill. I’m praying over them and wondering how … Continue reading

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day With A Purpose

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day With A Purpose

Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. There are festivals, parades, dancing, leprechauns, special foods, kissing, drinking, and a whole lot of green. When I was growing up, St. Patrick’s Day meant one thing – the importance of wearing something green to keep from being pinched all … Continue reading

Being A Temple of God

Being A Temple of God

Today’s Conference Countdown message was originally given the women of the church, but it applies to all. I love this message so much I had to share it, plus, I love Sister Marriott’s darling southern accent (seriously, doesn’t listening to her voice just make you feel all warm and cozy?). Neill F. Marriott wasn’t always a Mormon. … Continue reading

A Renewal For The Soul

A Renewal For The Soul

In the Saturday morning session of October General Conference 2014, Sister Cheryl A. Esplin gave a powerful sermon about the Sacrament [what we call holy communion] which we partake of in our weekly Sunday service. She taught that partaking of the bread and water can become much more than a ritual, but a truly spiritual experience and … Continue reading

Purim Festival Honors Esther and God

Purim Festival Honors Esther and God

Last night at sundown the Jewish festival of Purim began. It will extend until sunset tonight. Purim is considered one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (in late winter/early spring). This holiday commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people … Continue reading

In Like A Lion Out With The Lamb

In Like A Lion Out With The Lamb

Happy March… or, is it December? It’s snowing today in Northern Utah, and it’s predicted to snow tomorrow. This is an interesting change. We haven’t had legitimate snow here (as in, “needing to shovel the driveway”) since Christmas Day. It’s been unusually dry. I guess we thought it wasn’t going to snow again this year and we’ve … Continue reading

Get On Board And Stay On The Train

Get On Board And Stay On The Train

I was running late today, so my commuter train was already pulling into the station by the time Mr. Mo was nearing my stop in our car. He decided to try to race it to the next stop [kids, don’t try this at home!]. In the end, I did make it on board – barely … Continue reading

New Boundaries, Endings and Beginnings

New Boundaries, Endings and Beginnings

Last week two Wards in our Stake got the big “shakedown”. [Mormon jargon code-breaker: “Ward” = Parish / “Stake” = Diocese]. Latter-day Saints, like all humans, are very communal creatures and we thrive on stability. We develop a deep family bond with our congregation members, so the idea of “breaking up the family” can be an emotional experience. But, these things … Continue reading

Only The Penitent Shall Pass? Balancing Justice vs. Mercy

Only The Penitent Shall Pass? Balancing Justice vs. Mercy

In a nail-biting scene from the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, our hero faces a series of deathly trials for a chance to find the legendary Holy Grail (goblet from Christ’s last supper). The pressure is on and the clock is ticking now as Indy’s father lies dying – with the only hope for survival to drink from that Cup of Eternal Life his … Continue reading

The Power of Our Words

The Power of Our Words

The apostle James gave a stirring lecture regarding the power of our words. He bluntly accused the tongue as “an unruly evil full of deadly poison”, but he also offered the secret formula to become the “perfect man” [or woman]. “If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to … Continue reading

Two Mormons Named Most Influential American Religious Leaders

Two Mormons Named Most Influential American Religious Leaders

Joseph Smith, Jr. and Brigham Young have topped the list of “Most Influential American Religious Leaders” in a special collector’s edition of Smithsonian magazine highlighting “the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time.” Founder and prophet Joseph Smith, Jr., ranked #1 on the list, with his successor Brigham Young ranking at #3. The magazine used some very … Continue reading

Mormon Mission: Hard Work – Priceless Blessing

Mormon Mission: Hard Work – Priceless Blessing

Today we officially welcomed home my youngest cousin Kate, who has been serving a full-time mission for the past 18 months in the England Leeds Mission! We are so proud of her faithful service. I will miss following her mission blog and hearing her updates and weekly testimonies of faith (but, perhaps she will choose to … Continue reading

See You On The Other Side

See You On The Other Side

Meet Shaun Canon (real name Barrows). He “writes songs for Superheros”. In 2007, the Emmy-Nominated musician says he “discovered his ability to Sing, as well as transcend both Space and Time”. He’s been featured on soundtracks such as the Big Bang Theory, and collaborated with a lot of big names. Shaun is  a super talented musician from my hometown of Salt Lake City. He … Continue reading

Putting God First

Putting God First

If we are following what God wants us to do with our lives, then everything will work out right. I have seen this first hand in my life many times. Most recently, through my parent’s mission service. Continue reading

O Holy Night: Christmas Gift

O Holy Night: Christmas Gift

Here is a special Christmas video gift for you to enjoy this year, released to the world just in time – with lovely music from award-winning movie composer Robert Allen Elliott and scenes taken from the epic Bible Video series. This new video is stunning and moving, and is the perfect reminder of what Christmas really means. Enjoy! – MoSop O … Continue reading