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Remember Courage

Remember Courage

What does it mean to have courage? There are many wonderful examples all around us of people being courageous. I bet you can think of someone right now in your life who is exercising courage. In fact, I bet you’ve had to find and use courage, too. 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

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

David Archuleta Sings At BYU Hawaii

David Archuleta Sings At BYU Hawaii

Former American Idol and returned Mormon missionary David Archuleta visited the BYU Hawaii campus in November 2014 to speak and sing as part of the Great Ideas Conference. During the meeting, David performed a touching rendition of the beloved LDS song “If the Savior Stood Beside Me,” which he sang in both English and Spanish. Of course, it was … 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

Serving And Saving

Serving And Saving

Today’s Conference Countdown message is about the power of Christ to serve and save souls, and the power of Christ within us to also help serve and save. President Thomas S. Monson shared the following story during the October 2006 General Conference: “While driving to the office one morning, I passed a dry-cleaning establishment which had … Continue reading

This Is The Christ – The Healer Of Our Souls

This Is The Christ – The Healer Of Our Souls

Tonight Mr. Mo and I attended the adult session of our Stake Conference [a “Stake” is a collection of congregations – called “Wards” – in an assigned area].  The theme of our meeting was ‘Becoming more like the Savior‘. There were so many beautiful  and inspiring messages! In conclusion a choir sang one of my favorite songs; This … Continue reading

Tolstoy: Where Love Is, There God Is Also

Tolstoy: Where Love Is, There God Is Also

The Russian Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828-1910) , commonly known as Leo Tolstoy, is considered one of the world’s greatest novelists. He is best known for two [very long and epic] novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). Tolstoy was born into a life of high society and privilege, but was humbled through witnessing war … Continue reading

Mary Did You Know? – Pentatonix

Mary Did You Know? – Pentatonix

I have always felt the deepest of admiration and reverence for Mary, the mother of Jesus. To me, she is the ultimate example of quiet strength, divine womanhood, selfless motherhood, and courage to trust in God and do “impossible things”. There is a lot we do not know about Mary’s story. But, we know that she endured great hardship throughout her life and … Continue reading

Everything Is Fine – Josh Turner

Everything Is Fine – Josh Turner

Today’s Thanksgiving playlist selection comes to you via my Mr. Mo who has been playing this catchy tune on repeat for the past two weeks and he insists that I share it with you! :) I actually really like it, too and I think it’s perfect for Thanksgiving. Country singer Josh Turner not only has heartthrob good looks … Continue reading

Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep – Sandi Patty

Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep – Sandi Patty

Today’s Thanksgiving countdown classic is a beautiful song of gratitude. “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep” was written by Irving Berlin (1888-1989) for the 1954 iconic film “White Christmas”. It was originally recorded by Bing Crosby, encouraging us to counter our worries with counting our blessings. I absolutely fell in love this new recording by Sandi Patty from her “Christmas Blessings” CD (2014). I decided to make … Continue reading

Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart – Mariz Mitra

Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart – Mariz Mitra

Today’s Thanksgiving countdown playlist selection is the song “Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart”. Popularized in 1978 by a Christian worship leader named Don Moen, the song was written by Henry Smith and has been translated into dozens of languages. Professionally recorded over 50 times, it is published in many songbooks. Fun Fact: The phrase “Give Thanks” is used 59 times in … Continue reading

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

Under His Wings

Under His Wings

Today marks the 8th anniversary of the death of my best friend’s husband. Val was only 52 years and 4 days old when he too-suddenly and tragically left this earth. Each year, the first week of February marks the painful reminder of his loss to his wife and children. Continue reading

Everything Speaks His Name

Everything Speaks His Name

My beautiful friend and master-musician Shawna Belt Edwards has done it again! Here is her latest song and video for you to enjoy; “Everything Speaks His Name”. This new Christian music video by Shawna Belt Edwards is about God’s creations. Performed by Jessie Clark Funk. With Continue reading

Lead Kindly Light – Vocal Point

Lead Kindly Light – Vocal Point

Daughter A’s favorite hymn is “Lead Kindly Light”. Today I came across a recording by the Brigham Young University men’s A’capella group Vocal Point. It is one of the most beautiful arrangements we have heard. So peace-filled. So comforting. Such perfect timing. I had to share it! Continue reading

Religious Symbols Part 1

This is part one in a two-part educational series by author Christopher Millz on the multiple meanings of Religious Symbolism. For those who have particular interest or questions regarding the religious symbols of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ( “Mormons”), this will be particularly helpful and enlightening. I encourage you to watch … Continue reading

Music Gives Life To African Children

Twenty-five years ago Ray Barnett visited Uganda, where he first envisioned the African Children’s Choir™. Today, the Music for Life program has helped hundreds of African children receive shelter, food, education, musical training, and the opportunity to reach their full potential. Many of these children have lost one or both parents to war, AIDS, and other effects of poverty. … Continue reading

An Arabic Christmas Carol

I have discovered a lovely and fascinating video which combines a Byzantine era Christmas song in arabic, with beautiful images. The english translation is included. It is easy to forget that there are devout followers of Christ found throughout all nationalities and cultures. This arabic chant describes Jesus Christ’s nativity, and has been preserved by … Continue reading

A Rebuttal To: “Mormonism LEGALLY Declared Not Christian”

A Rebuttal To: “Mormonism LEGALLY Declared Not Christian”

A few weeks ago, a blog buddy of mine named John Shore sent me an email. Knowing that I am a Mormon, he shared an article recently published by Richard Abanes, which presents the theory that Mormonism has legally  been declared non-Christian. On inspection this post’s startling claim does not hold water. I would like to offer my personal response as … Continue reading

Mormon Missionaries Save Woman’s Life

Two LDS (Mormon) missionaries performed an act of heroism this week, saving a woman’s life.  The two young men, Elder Beard and Elder Bennellack, are serving full-time missions in Australia for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were put to the ultimate test, when walking down the street they came upon a pregnant … Continue reading

Go and Do

Go and Do

During Jesus Christ’s ministry, His faithful disciples often heard gospel principles taught by thought-provoking short stories known as parables. Jesus utilized a fantastic teaching tool, knowing that stories sink deep into the memory. The more a story is pondered, the more meaningful they can become.  Thus, when a lawyer chose to challenge the Savior on a point of doctrine, Jesus used … Continue reading

Come To Jesus

Come To Jesus

Come, Sing, Fall, Cry, Dance, Fly… … and Live! I thank Chris Rice for writing such a beautiful song, and tferise69 for this lovely video

My Song In The Night

My Song In The Night

Dr. Mack Wilberg has written a new arrangement of the American Folk Hymn entitled “My Song in the Night” which is hauntingly beautiful. I have tried to do some research online regarding its origin and history, and came up a bit empty-handed. However, the text to this hymn is particularly haunting. The words invoke an attitude of … Continue reading