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Surviving The Inversion And A Treadmill

Surviving The Inversion And A Treadmill

Here on the western side of the Rocky Mountains we may not be socked-in with as much snow as the East Coast, but we are “buried” in our own version of winter blues. The dreaded “Inversion” [lung-crushing-toxic-smog] is once again trapped in our mountain-locked valleys due to inverted temperatures. Northern Utah has a major air quality problem in the winter. It is often more unhealthy to … Continue reading

Viral Video of Blizzard 2016 Captures Mormon Message

Viral Video of Blizzard 2016 Captures Mormon Message

I couldn’t help watching the viral video “Snowboarding with the NYPD” more than once. It’s not only entertaining to see the post apocalyptic snow-packed streets of New York City being turned into an epic sporting event, but there’s also a great slow-mo moment capturing the Mormon.org “A Savior Is Born“ Times Square billboards in the background! The tagline “Joy … Continue reading

I Believe In Becca

I Believe In Becca

As soon as you see her smile, you’ll never forget Rebecca Goeckeritz. Her smile is a reflection of her soul, which is like all the pure light in heaven packed into one tiny woman shining out to the world. Becca has been lighting up every room, and warming up every heart for about thirty-three years now, and I’ve been … Continue reading

Happy Three Kings Day!

Happy Three Kings Day!

Today (Jan 6th) is an exciting day in the eyes of millions of children around the world who celebrate Three Kings Day. This is also known as the 12th Day of Christmas (of ’12 drummers drumming’ fame), Twelfth Night (of Shakespeare fame),  and Epiphany. Although Three Kings Day is not a common tradition celebrated here in the USA … Continue reading

“O Holy Night” – Garth Smith

“O Holy Night” – Garth Smith

Pianist Garth Smith gained popularity among music lovers for his sensitive and moving original arrangements of LDS hymns. He now shares his signature style with the Christmas classic “O Holy Night” in his lovely new music video. We see Smith performing in a beautifully decorated home, interspersed with magnificent still pictures from the video production “The Nativity” – retelling the birth story … Continue reading

“O Come, All Ye Faithful” – Christmas Video

“O Come, All Ye Faithful” – Christmas Video

“We all have our own journey of faith to make… and it should be celebrated” say the founders of FaithCounts who encourage people of all denominations “to look inward and reflect on the value of faith in [your] own [life] this holiday season.” As a celebration of faith, two A’cappella groups – Vocal Point and BYU Noteworthy – have … Continue reading

Christmas Devo 2015 Recap – Powered By Music

Christmas Devo 2015 Recap – Powered By Music

Last night was the annual First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional – or, #ChristmasDevo. I was blessed to be able to participate in the singing for this event. It was a very long day, filled with music, messages of hope and sore feet. And it was worth every minute. Here is my recap and a few of my thoughts. Isaiah 9:6 … Continue reading

Christmas In Prison

Christmas In Prison

Over twenty-one centuries ago a baby was born in a remote corner of the world. Conditions were unsanitary at best. The babe was homeless and born into poverty. And yet, we commemorate that birth every year with a special holiday called Christmas. Have you ever wondered, in this modern world of complex issues and tragedy, if this celebration is even relevant anymore? … Continue reading

Eight Is Great

Eight Is Great

Today I’m celebrating my WordPress birth-iversary! MormonSoprano.com celebrates eight years of “life” in the world wide web, and it also commemorates another important life event with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Continue reading

Brigham Young: Bless Those That Sing

Brigham Young: Bless Those That Sing

The Salt Lake Tabernacle was not dedicated until 1875, but it was first used in the October 1867 conference. A transcription of that meeting’s remarks by President Brigham Young was recently transcribed and made available. Imagine my excitement! A chance to read the first words ever given over the pulpit in the beloved Tabernacle – a building that not only means … Continue reading

Spiritual Exercise For Perfection

Spiritual Exercise For Perfection

I was inspired by Elder Larry R. Lawrence’s talk in the October 2015 General Conference. He spoke about an elevated version of self improvement, inviting the Holy Ghost to give us personalized guidance as we follow the Savior’s command to become “perfect.” (Matt 5:48). Elder Lawrence provided some very interesting examples, and introduced a spiritual exercise that can do. Here’s a recap. First, we begin with the Biblical story of the rich … Continue reading

PONDERIZE: New Covenant, New Heart!

PONDERIZE: New Covenant, New Heart!

In ‪LDS General Conference we were invited to “Ponderize” (80% ponder + 20% memorize) a different verse of scripture each week! Elder Devin G. Durrant, challenged us to do this for at least 4 weeks in a row. He also asked us to imagine ourselves doing it for a year, two years, five years… even Continue reading

Uchtdorf’s Parable of the Quilt

Uchtdorf’s Parable of the Quilt

CONFERENCE WAS AWESOME!! One of my many favorite stories from the October 2015 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was shared in the Saturday Oct. 3rd morning session by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency. I’m calling it the Parable of the Quilt: Continue reading

Women’s Conference Was Twitterific

Women’s Conference Was Twitterific

On Saturday September 26, 2015  the fall General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially began with General Women’s Session held bi-annually for all women and girls age 8 and up. As circumstances would have it, I could not attend the meeting nor tune in via radio or live streaming. I was in a very … Continue reading

Conference: It’s All About The Feels!

Conference: It’s All About The Feels!

HOORAY!! It’s that great time of year once again for General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! It’s happening this weekend, and it’s going to be epic! Last night the Choir rehearsed all of our songs for the weekend in the Conference Center. Just in case you are interested, we’ve learned 17 songs for three … Continue reading

Hurry Up, Conference!

Hurry Up, Conference!

As I was sitting down to write my thoughts today about General Conference [headed our way this week!] I read MMM’s post, and voila! He’d done all the work for me expressing pretty much exactly the SAME things. So, today I’m sharing HIS post with you. It’s a great read. I highly recommend it! Enjoy – MoSop … Continue reading

Nine Eleven – Where Do We Go From Here?

Nine Eleven – Where Do We Go From Here?

Today marks 14 years since our world as we knew it was turned upside down. It’s impossible to fully describe the impact – globally, nationally or personally – of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 – “9/11.” None of us living through that time will ever forget where we were when we heard the news and … Continue reading

Thank You Kathie Lee

Thank You Kathie Lee

Other than television personality Glen Beck, I don’t recall the last time I’ve heard a popular media star bear their testimony on prime time television of the divinity of Christ, the blessings of the Bible, the value of church attendance, building family bonds, and the importance of faith. But, this week Kathie Lee Gifford – famous for her decades of talk show presence – did … Continue reading