Who Is MoSop?

Hi! I’m Holly, the Mormon Soprano (aka “MoSop”) Welcome to my blog.

Here’s too much more than you really want to read about me…

I’m a Mormon:pioneer-children My personal religious experience is an intrinsic part of my identity and my daily life. I am a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints . I have lived most of my life in the Western United States, and reside in Utah I was born to a large and vibrant family of faithful Latter-day Saints. My ancestors emigrated from Europe and Scandinavia in the mid 1800′s and were part of the epic Mormon Pioneer migration. They settled in Utah and California. I love being a Mormon!

I’m a Soprano:The Merry Widow My mother says I began singing at birth. I fell in love with theater and performance at a young age. When I got older, I received my college degree in Vocal Performance as a classically trained lyric Soprano. I have performed Opera and Musical Theater for nearly three decades. I enjoy “making noise” (preferably in a high key, and hopefully on pitch). I love to sing!

In January 2008 I embarked on my volunteer service as a musical missionary with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Every week I lift my voice in song and praise to share my love for God our Heavenly Father, and for His only begotten Son.

2013.Standing On The Promises headshot

MoSop in the MoTab

I share my talents and abilities without any monetary compensation because I love to use my talents to proclaim the good news of the gospel! I want to bring peace and joy and hope to others through my music. This experience is both tremendously hard work, and tremendously rewarding. I love being a musical missionary!

Read about my Mormon Tabernacle Choir Audition:

My Musical Missionary Story – Part One

My Musical Missionary Story – Part Two

I’m a Mom: My husband and I have been happily married for over 20 years, (23+ currently) and we are very proud parents of two beautiful daughters. (We also have a dog named Joey.) We believe that family is part of God’s Plan, and that we can be together forever after this life ends. I love my family!

MoSop’s Family

I’m a Teacher: I teach voice lessons part-time. I also hold down a full-time day job at a local University. I believe that music is one of our direct channels to God. A soul often comes closest to touching heaven when listening to, and participating in great music. Music that brings joy, laughter, peace and inspiration is a heavenly gift. Music that uplifts the soul can also bind up the wounds of a troubled world. I love teaching the art of music!

I’m a Christian: I am a believer in Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, and Redeemer of the World. I believe in the power of prayer. I believe in the power of holy scripture. I believe in miracles.Jesus Loves Us As children of God, He has a divine purpose for our life. My faith in Jesus is the most important belief I have. I know that he walks with each of us through our earthly life. He feels our joy and our sorrow. Every challenge that we face, and every unexpected change is tailor-made so that we can learn and grow. We are being prepared for our heavenly homecoming! I believe in Jesus Christ, whom God sent to the earth to be our Savior and Redeemer. He loves me. He loves you. His divine sacrifice for us gives our lives hope and purpose. I love my Savior!

I’m a Writer: I have a passion for words, journalingwhether reading, writing, journalling, note-taking, list-making, you name it. The internet has fanned the flames of my obsession. Like any wanna-be legit writer, yes, I’m “working on my novel”. In the meantime, I love to write here on the blog!

I’m a Friend: I created this blog to share the things that I love. I hope you will find something in here to brighten your day , make you smile, or just encourage you to hang on! hands-come-togtherThis is not an official website of the LDS church or its Choir. All of my posts are simply my own personal observations. However, I hope to promote greater understanding of the Mormon faith & lifestyle. I always welcome respectful questions, comments and dialog. I invite you to return often for inspirational messages and LOTS of music. I love being your friend!

Life is a gift. May yours be blessed! ♥ – MoSop

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60 thoughts on “Who Is MoSop?

  1. Love your web site! Fun to keep up with your posts. Michelle Willis is an LDS arranger and composer and offers free video conducting tips that you may want to consider adding to your resources for visitors of your blog. Have a great day!

  2. Hi there! Thanks for your comment on my blog, and for the link to the news story on yesterday’s inspiring make-a-wish addition to your performance yesterday. I was with a group of about 30 women musicians in the audience, and many of them were crying at that point! We all really enjoyed the show, my favorite was the Halle, Halle, Halle selection. We were honored to be a part of the show. Thanks for being a part of something so meaningful!

  3. Thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind remarks on both my husbands blog and also my sisters blog. As you can tell, by my sister’s remarks about our father, music has always been a part of our lives, especially music sung by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. You are blessed indeed to be able to be a part of this incredible organization. I will enjoy your experiences by following your blog and it will be a sweet reminder of my childhood.

  4. Glad that I visited..I love your blog. I am a music lover and it has ministered to my soul many many times. My faovorite hymn writer was Fanny Crosby, but not limited to that. My husband is a worship leader. I am going to enjoy coming here :)

  5. Hello! Thank you so much for leaving your sweet comments for me at my Blogspot site! After three years of inactivity, I’m so excited to be going back to church. I know I am nothing without my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Christ Jesus! I have made your site a favorite and look forward to your uplifting messages!

    Much love,

  6. Thank you Sister Aloha for visiting, and leaving comments. The answer to your question is yes. One of the main purposes of this site is to be a safe and positive haven. I am so glad that you have felt peace here, and I hope that you will return often.

  7. I was looking up pictures of the planet earth for a power point presentation for my third graders and accidentally stumbled upon the post about marriage and how it was so important. I really liked reading it, especially being a newlywed. Thanks for this sight! I’m glad I stumbled across it! I’ll be visiting it more often now that I know it’s here!

  8. Hi, thanks for your posts!!! Coincidently I am lawyer, a soprano too, mormon, have two daughters and a lovely husband.!!! great to know we are not alone in our journey!!

  9. I just watched a video that might be a great one to use on beauty and talent. I don’t know if you can use it but it is about Susan Boyle on the British show Britians got talent. watch it at least you will finding it very surprizing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY it has had millions of hits, was on fox news today. Thanks love this site. Frank Durham

  10. Sister,

    Thanks for your love through the Gospel…..and for all you do “for us”
    My name is Edinalva Rasmussen, from Brazil, living in California.
    I am a Visiting Teaching Coordinator in Vacaville 4th Ward, California.
    I’m following your blog and I love it. Because that, I’m asking permission to use your picture about “women praying” for the message of June 2009.
    Again, thanks for your free love

  11. Hello, mormonsoprano!

    While I was searching for an image of Jesus to put in a blog post I was writing (inspired, funnily enough by an atheist– it’s funny how people who refute the truth often give us the drive to help it forward), I saw an image under “mormonsoprano.com,” and I simply had to bookmark your site and add it to my RSS feed. This is a wonderful website!

    As a side note, I find it wonderful that you value music so very much. I was in my high school’s madrigal group, and I had developed a love of music since middle school, but I felt the Spirit more and learned to appreciate how beautiful and uplifting positive music can be more through my year in Madrigals than ever before, and I’m so very grateful for that. I feel to share our music with you– I highly suggest listening to There Will Be Rest, In Rememberance, Water Night, and Lullabye, though there are also many other wonderful songs that were sung in Concert Choir (such as Cross Cry, Take Ten, and the Fifth Period Solo Class. You can listen to all of our music at http://ipfsquared.wordpress.com/music/#mads (that link takes you to the Madrigals section, though you can scroll up and down to find others). I suggest not listening to my solos, though. The two in the 5th Period Solo Class section I sang live while I was sick, and the other wasn’t using the proper recording equipment, so I feel very put out about them all.

    What I’ve read of your writing brings to mind an idea that’s been floating around in my mind for some time now. I’m not 100% sure how I’m going to implement it or get the correct authors for it, but I know that will come to me in due time, especially if I pray about it (I find it very appropriate to pray for knowledge on such a thing). If you didn’t already notice in a post I made on the Latter Day Saint Group at National Blog Posting Month, I’m starting up a website soon that will be comprised of a group of authors writing on a myriad of topics. Because I don’t want the chance for some of our authors (some won’t be LDS) to publish false doctrine or atheist material, I’m going to limit religious posts on the website to general beliefs and praises to God and not allow posts promoting a specific religion, though authors will be encouraged to say “Merry Christmas” and speak of God and Christ matter-of-factly. I want to also create a subdomain (such as lds.websitename.com) that will concentrate on writing for an LDS audience (or those wanting to learn more about Latter Day Saints). I wondered if you would want to volunteer to write for this website? I don’t know when I’ll be able to launch the LDS part, though I’m working vigorously to at least launch the initial website and gain a community before I head out on my mission in… goodness– it’s about five months (estimated– I haven’t received my call yet).

    Anyway, I am sorry for my monstrous post, but I just had so much to say, tell you, and then ask you. Thank you for the beautiful website! I’m definitely subscribing via RSS.

    • Hi Jordan,
      Thank you for your (long) comment, and for subscribing to my RSS! I am sorry that this didn’t post sooner, but I found it in hiding in my Spam box. :) I am very grateful for your support. I love your boundless enthusiasm to spread the good news of the gospel message online. No doubt you will make a wonderful missionary. I will respond to you by email on all the writing options. – Best wishes, MoSop

  12. Hello MoSop,

    I thought you might like a link to a recent short article on Angela in Meridian Magazine
    with a link to a new video of Angela’s sculptures in Nauvoo. We will be in
    Nauvoo on Sept 20 and Angela will give a fireside at 7pm in the Visitors’ Center. Please come in you happen to be there.


    May you be blessed for the good work you do.

    Kenneth (Angela’s husband)

  13. Feel free to delete this comment – I just couldn’t find any other way to contact you.
    I really enjoy your blog.
    I thought you’d be interested so I wanted to tell you about a new game I created, called The Book of Mormon Game (http://bookofmormongame.com).
    Its a new, completely free, online audio scripture chase game that has *just* launched. It’s a fun and competitive game which reads the Book of Mormon to you from a random place and you have to find where its reading from and race against a timer. Your scores will show along with ward/stake members. This game can help you become more familiar with the Book of Mormon and is a fun way to get in your daily scripture “reading”.

  14. I passed through this space of yours on New Years Day. I was skimming through the wordpress.com support page. It was the picture of Angel Moroni that I chose to click.

    Right away it had felt right. I think there might have one word, maybe two (I don’t want to sound like I’m exaggerating or alarm you by saying EVERY SINGLE ONE)

    Every letter you arranged brought me comfort the other day. I wanted to return and thank you for being you.

    It was inspiring reading here. I will never again delete something I have written cause I thought about what i may have done different if some of your words that I read the other day were not there.

    I thought “thank God she didn’t delete her posts!!!”

    so are you going to tell me? (how to show the big teeth smiling emoticon)

    =) dirtclustit

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  16. Back in the 70s there was a lovely book of choral music for teens put out through the LDS church…I don’t know the name of it, but I would love to find it. Do you know what I’m talking about? Anyone? One of the songs was a very funny Baroque version of an anti-smoking song called “The Weed.” Another was about the rain….”Rain falls, soft rain at my window…”

    • Yes, I was trying to google this very same song from school choir. ….”Rain falls, soft rain at my window…” every butter fly has ……every honey bee has called it a day and the callumbine are bending their heads in the rain.
      When the rain is a falling there’s a quiteness about the world, when the thunder is calling there’s a quite hush about the world…a time to remember the beautiful things, to look for tomorrow and your fondest dreams. My teacher was Bro Rasmussen who now sings in the Mormon Tab choir…I wonder if he could help…? Thanks for the wonderful memories of so long ago…In fact, it is raining very softly here in Chantilly, VA :) Bro Steve Bringhurst

  17. I enjoy seeing your blog. I had a 20 year music mission that I still miss. We are currently doing a full-time mission as a couple. That keeps us very busy. Music is still my life and always will be. Good work!

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  20. Mo,

    Is that you singing I Know My Redeemer Lives? in the YouTube video, above? If so, you have such an incredible voice and a wonderfully heartfelt interpretation of the song. It really made my morning to stumble across you blog.

    Keep it up, and may the Lord bless you in your efforts.

    Eddie Carr

  21. Hey MoSop! I was googling “pictures of pioneer children” today for my son’s school project and up came your blog!! “Sweet!” I thought…”I know her!!!”

  22. MoSop, love your blog. The links and entries are like a collection of jewels–the best of the Web for pure and uplifting sights and sounds.

    Allow me to post a link to http://www.VHProject.org and http://www.facebook.com/VillageHistoriesProject. My wife and I launched it to provide a source of family history (genealogy) information for those who aren’t served well by Ancestry.com or even (yet) by http://www.FamilySearch.org. We are gathering information about people in Burma, Cambodia, Pakistan, Nigeria, the Congo, and other similar places and adding it to our database.

    The idea is one I always had as a genealogist and Ward and Stake Family HIstory Consultant. Finally, when we were assigned to Cambodia in the US diplomatic service, we discovered the urgency of the need both to serve such nations and to provide work to some people there. We also found that the biggest obstacle, the cost, was overcome by the low, low wages the good people earn there.

    We invite all who want to help, to contact us. We will surely find something they can do!

  23. Hi, Holly. Loved the broadcast this morning! It was quite a surprise and thrill to watch Drs. Ottley and Jessop direct the choir and orchestra — I had only heard their work over the radio but had never actually seen them in front of the choir. Were the members excited to have them back (probably not many who remember Dr. Ottley!)? What did the maestros mention to the group about returning to the MTC podium (I bet they had some good stories!)? And was any consideration given to having Spence Kinard deliver today’s spoken word? (Now I’m really giving away my “experience”!) Wishing the choir and orchestra another 85+ years of inspirational broadcasts!

    • Hi Richard, I’m glad you got to see the 85th Anniversary Broadcast! It was an awesome experience. I feel very blessed to be able to say that I have now officially sung in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir under the batons of Brother’s Ottley, Jessop, Wilberg and Murphy. :) Together, those 4 men’s years of service represent more than half of the 85 years of the Choir. Spencer Kinard was present for the event. He is an official host for the Choir and regularly greets the audience and gives announcements prior to going LIVE each Sunday morning.

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