How Great Thou Art – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

How Great Thou Art – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

In 1885 Carl Boberg’s walk home through a summer storm would inspire him to write ‘O Store Gud’ (O Mighty God), later to become known as “How Great Thou Art”, one of the most enduring lyrics in Christianity. Carl lived in Kronobäck, Sweden, overlooking the stunning Mönsterås Bay where heaven and nature combine in a continual tug-of-war between beautiful … Continue reading

Grateful – Brian Stokes Mitchell

Grateful – Brian Stokes Mitchell

There’s no more rich and creamy-dreamy voice than Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell. Our Thanksgiving playlist would not be complete without his masterful performance of the beautiful song “Grateful” written by John Bucchino. “Stokes” is an award winning star of stage and screen, who became part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir ‘family’, in 2011 when he performed not only as guest at the August 2011 … Continue reading

BYU Men’s Chorus Build and Bless This House

BYU Men’s Chorus Build and Bless This House

Every year members of the BYU Men’s Chorus seek an opportunity to serve in the community. In 2012 the singers teamed up with Habitat for Humanity, trading their hallmark blue blazers and ties for hard hats and work gloves to help build a home in Orem, Utah for a family in need. The choir also held a benefit … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Song – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Thanksgiving Song – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Today’s song for our Thanksgiving countdown playlist comes from Five-time Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter. Over the course of her career Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. She’s the real deal, and this song is a beautiful tribute to Thanksgiving! It is found on her holiday album “Come Darkness, Come … Continue reading

“Thankful” Jonny Lang and Michael McDonald

“Thankful” Jonny Lang and Michael McDonald

Today’s song for our Thanksgiving countdown playlist is a contemporary Gospel number suggested by reader K. Outzen. “Thankful” is performed by blues-rocker Jonny Lang and soul king Michael McDonald (of Doobie Brothers fame). It was released on Lang’s 2006 album Turn Around. I love the message here! And this backup choir makes me want to shout Hallelujah, jump up and dance! … Continue reading

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Today’s song in honor of Thanksgiving is a musical prayer from the Netherlands, written in the early 1600s during the Dutch national liberation against the Catholic King Philip II of Spain. The song “Wilt heden nu treden,” [“We gather together”] resonated because under the Spanish King, Dutch Protestants were forbidden to gather for worship. The hymn first … Continue reading

We Need A Little Thanksgiving

We Need A Little Thanksgiving

It’s the day after Halloween and my morning radio alarm woke me to the song “We Need A Little Christmas”. I quickly pushed the snooze button, sure it was some weird dream. The next alarm startled me with children belting out “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. I groaned and hit Snooze again. The third alarm brought me Johnny Mathis crooning “O Holy … Continue reading

Getting Personal About Preventing Suicide

Getting Personal About Preventing Suicide

All of us have been touched in some way by the crushing effect of emotional illness and the devastation of suicide. I’ve experienced it personally, and via loved ones, all of my life. For too many years this subject has been “taboo”, which only makes it worse. A beautiful and powerful new video just posted quietly … Continue reading

Giving Praise To The Man Joseph Smith

Giving Praise To The Man Joseph Smith

A few weeks ago I was drawn into a conversation on Facebook by a former High School classmate about our prophet Joseph Smith, Jr.. An estranged member of my church at an early age, she happened to be reading a “very scary and fascinating book” [her words] known to be highly critical of Joseph Smith and the LDS Church in general. … Continue reading

Christofferson Brings Epic Shakespeare To LDS Conference

Christofferson Brings Epic Shakespeare To LDS Conference

In the Saturday morning session of October 2014 General Conference, Latter-day Saint apostle D. Todd Christofferson began his talk recounting a thought-provoking scene from Shakespeare’s King Henry V. In today’s “favorite things” post, enjoy watching a movie clip of that scene, as we study and ponder the epic message “Free Forever To Act For Themselves”… Continue reading

Give Us This Day

Give Us This Day

Only two more days until the 184th Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! In preparation, today’s “countdown message” is about life, challenges, and bread. Continue reading

The Holiest Place On Earth

The Holiest Place On Earth

Only three more days until the 184th Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! Today I am sharing a beautiful video which was shown at our recent Women’s Meeting, September 27, 2014. Fellow sisters young and old from around the world share their feelings about the Temple, our Holiest [and happiest] place on earth! :) Continue reading

Sometimes That Mountain Doesn’t Move

Sometimes That Mountain Doesn’t Move

Only five more days until the 184th Semiannual General Conference! In preparation, today’s inspirational message is about mountains, trials, despair and prayer. I have a story to tell, and there’s a sweet new song you’re gonna wanna hear.

It’s been one year this month since Daughter A. returned home early from her full-time LDS mission after serving for seven wonderful months. She loved her mission, and her mission loved her. Continue reading

Dedication Day Symbols of Freedom

Dedication Day Symbols of Freedom

Today I experienced two examples of dedication that moved my heart and inspired my soul deeply. The timing of these events provided me a chance to ponder the significance and symbolism. First, a dedication of a musical program to honor United States armed forces. Second, the dedication of a Holy Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Continue reading

Mountain Time

Mountain Time

Anything feels possible when you’re standing on a mountain! For the last three days and two nights I’ve been working at a conference being held by my company on a mountain; at the Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, in Little Cottonwood Canyon. One of my “work perks” was getting to actually stay at this beautiful resort. Continue reading

Follow The Sunflowers

Follow The Sunflowers

It’s officially Fall, my favorite season of the year! In my corner of the world, the leaves on the trees are turning shades of brown, red and gold, the air smells crips, and sunflowers are suddenly blooming everywhere along the roadside, hills and trails. Yesterday during my training run… Continue reading

On 9/11 God Sent Angels

On 9/11 God Sent Angels

Jeffrey R. Holland once said “In times of great need, God sends angels” (Oct 2008). There was no time of greater need than during the American tragedy of September 11, 2001. There are so many heartbreaking stories from this tragedy. This one is a story of healing and hope. This is a story of angels. Continue reading