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

It’s About Time

It’s About Time

Here we go again! The annual “Spring Forward” happened Sunday night. That always seems like a lovely euphemism for “Say goodbye to another hour of critical sleep, sucka!” Doesn’t it? *sigh* My body hasn’t adjusted yet. I could rant some more about this antiquated fall-back spring-forward practice. But, that’s not what I want to blog about today. Today I … 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

Ye Elders Of Israel: Hymn By Cyrus Wheelock

Ye Elders Of Israel: Hymn By Cyrus Wheelock

Memorable moments during General Conference not only include testimonies borne over the pulpit but also testimonies borne through song. One special and powerful musical sermon was given during the October 2014 Conference Priesthood Session by a choir of approximately 375 young missionary Elders chosen from the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. This stirring arrangement of the Latter-day Saint hymn “Ye Elders Of … 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

This Is Exactly Why I Do Not Blog

This Is Exactly Why I Do Not Blog

In the immortal words of Sally Field, “I can’t deny the fact that You Like Me right now! You Like Me!” Or at least, according to WordPress.com, you like me. They even gave me a badge to prove it. Yay me… er…you! I’m laughing, because don’t you think it’s kind of silly? What does this award mean, exactly? Is … Continue reading

Protecting Our Nest: Arming Children Against Pornography

Protecting Our Nest: Arming Children Against Pornography

Is your home and family protected? Are the children in your life empowered against evil? That is the question President Boyd K. Packer helps us consider in a talk from the April 2013 General Conference illustrating the importance of looking out for those we love. Using a personal story as a parable, President Packer shared a tragic scene he witnessed in his own … 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

Multiple Free Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concerts During ACDA Week

Multiple Free Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concerts During ACDA Week

If you are lucky enough to be in Utah between Feb. 24 – March 1, 2015 then you have the unique opportunity to attend SEVERAL FREE musical concerts performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Orchestra at Temple Square. The Choir​ & Orchestra will present five (yes, FIVE!) separate concerts in conjunction with the epic ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) National Conference hosted … 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

Hi Neighbor! Will You Be Mine?

Hi Neighbor! Will You Be Mine?

Happy Valentine’s Day! A day dedicated to thinking and talking just a little more than usual about love. I recently watched a new public service video [posted below] and it made me think of a Mr. Rogers song. Were you lucky enough to know Mr. Rogers? Everyone of a certain age – at least if you’re an American – will remember … Continue reading

How Do I Love Thee?

How Do I Love Thee?

One of the great love stories of the 20th Century was the courtship and marriage of poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning. They exchanged hundreds of letters during their prolonged and opposed courtship. Eventually, they eloped and moved to Italy. Elizabeth’s father disowned his oldest daughter, never to speak to her again. Elizabeth suffered throughout her short life with terrible, mysterious illnesses … Continue reading

The Cutest Little Valentine Video!

The Cutest Little Valentine Video!

As my friend Haylee watched her children make their valentines this year, she decided to take a more “hands off” Mom approach and capture the creative process as it naturally unfolded. The resulting video made me grin from ear-to-ear, so of course I had to share! Enjoy! – MoSop Musical Trivia: The delightful song in this video is called “A Bushel & A Peck“ sung by … Continue reading

Why Valentines Day Is For Everyone

Why Valentines Day Is For Everyone

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 … Continue reading

Come Up To The Mountain

Come Up To The Mountain

I’m blessed to live in the Rockies, and I particularly love living in the shadow of two beautiful mountains. This afternoon Mr. Mo and I set our sights on enjoying one of those mountains for another “training hike”. We ended up having our stamina really tested, but we also enjoyed some stunning vistas, and beautiful surprises on our journey. Continue reading

Love Climbs Every Mountain

Love Climbs Every Mountain

Prepare to be inspired. Life-long friends Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray shared an amazing journey last summer, and now they have a powerful message to share with the world about what they learned. I’m excited to share their new TED-x Talk which released last night! This is a message about love, courage, self-less service, friendship, and above all, … Continue reading

You’ll Never Run Out Of Love

You’ll Never Run Out Of Love

It’s Musical Monday, and I have a sweet treat for you! In honor of February – the “Month of Love” – I’ve created a music video of the song “You’ll Never Run Out of Love”, sung by another very talented Mormon Soprano, 16-yr old Anna Richey. ♥ I just couldn’t resist this great message! Enjoy!  – MoSop  [Please be sure to … Continue reading

50 Things About Me: Random TMI

50 Things About Me: Random TMI

Here is a random list of things about me that you probably never wanted to know, as encouraged by my new young friend over at InspiredByABook – because since I read her Q&A, she says it’s now my turn (and also because I’m declaring it “Fun Friday” at the blog – and this was fun). 1: What are you wearing? Clothes … 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

Remembering and Finding Peace

Remembering and Finding Peace

I don’t want to think about what happened at the Auschwitz death camp, nor any of the other horrors of the Holocaust. But, I also know the importance of never forgetting. My heart breaks into a million pieces when I read personal accounts from a rare survivor, or see a graphic black & white photo from those dark, almost … Continue reading

First Steps On My Pilgrim Journey

First Steps On My Pilgrim Journey

In case you noticed my absence, I’m happy to report that I didn’t fall off the earth. Just the opposite, actually. I’ve been “communing” with the earth much more than usual. Mr. Mo and I have been lacing up our shoes and walking. Outside. A lot. We’ve officially started training in earnest for our epic 800 Kilometer … 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