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 …
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were hospital days #46 & #47 respectively, for Daughter A. There’s nothing we wanted more than a “Christmas miracle”. We prayed, and pleaded with God. I dreamed she would suddenly rise from her bed and walk, fully healed and whole, able to come home. When I ‘woke’, we simply prayed …
As Mr. MoSop started up the engine and the two of us slowly drove away from the hospital we sunk into a bone-tired and soul-weary silence. I turned on the radio just in time to hear an excited radio personality announcing that “this next song has become a new ‘listener favorite’ here!”. When the lively jazz tune began, I immediately recognized the vocalist as my very own dear friend Alex Boyé!
The 2012 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert showered the audience with marvelous surprises, and brought down the house – literally! Special guest artists were Tony Award-winning tenor Alfie Boe and Peabody Award-winning news journalist Tom Brokaw, with a special surprise appearance by Lt. Gail “Hal” Halverson, the World War II US Army Air Corps “Candy Bomber”. There was also another secret unexpected ‘guest-appearance’…by my deceased Grandpa.
In December 2011, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization was joined by Emmy-award winning actress Jane Seymour and opera baritone Nathan Gunn in a Christmas spectacular featuring a Medieval theme. The Conference Center on Temple Square was transformed into a fairy-tale castle with accompanying royal costumes and pageantry.
The 2010 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert beat all records for ticket requests, and crowds. Adorning fans queued up to the Conference Center hours beforehand hoping for standby seating. The excitement and energy of the crowd was truly epic.
In December 2009 The Mormon Tabernacle Choir welcomed singer Natalie Cole and renowned writer-historian David McCullough to join ‘the family’ for Christmas…and we made lasting magical memories together!
It’s Christmas Concert Week in Salt Lake City for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir! Each year two wonderful guest stars are welcomed to the ‘big house’ (aka Conference Center) where stunning Christmas magic happens. Today’s post spotlights the 2008 Christmas Concert!
We have been suffering for so many weeks through my daughter’s serious illness and hospitalization; trying to make sense of it all, trying to endure it all, trying to hold onto hope and faith. “Why is this happening?” we ask, “When will this end?”, “What can we do to make everything all better?” and sometimes, I admit my soul …
Today is hospital Day 30 for daughter-A. She made some great progress a week ago, but then suffered some devastating set-backs. This frustrating illness just doesn’t want to play fair, or let go! After 30 days and nights laying in a hospital bed…
During the season known for giving and getting, President Thomas S. Monson and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir remind us of the true gifts and meaning of Christmas in today’s beautiful and peace-filled video. . .
The popular Christmas carol “Adeste Fideles” is known in the English translation as “O Come, All Ye Faithful”. The original four verses were eventually extended to eight, but it’s rarely performed in entirety due to length. The song has been
I love the inspiring story of the Christmas carol “What Child is This?”. In 1865 at the age of 29, an English writer named William Chatterton Dix was struck with a sudden near-fatal illness. He was confined to bedrest for several months, and sunk into a deep depression. Yet, out of this terrible trial
Today’s beautiful video combines clips from The Life of Christ Bible Videos and messages from the 2009 LDS Church First Presidency Christmas Devotional. The speakers are
The song “Sleigh Ride” was envisioned ironically by Leroy Anderson during a heat wave in July 1946; he finished the work in February 1948.
Wow, It’s December already! That means it’s time for us to think “Christmas”, and it’s time to enjoy lots of beautiful Christmas Music! Enjoy this new Christmas release from one of my favorite group of musicians – The Piano Guys!
On the day after Thanksgiving, Salt Lake City welcomes the Christmas season in with light! Attending the lighting of Temple Square is a family tradition for thousands. We have gone many times in the past to the first night, but now we prefer to wait a few days (and we always especially love to go …
Even though Thanksgiving is still two weeks away, it’s already time for me to focus on Christmas. I can’t help it. I’m a singer. My Christmas Concert marathon is only 4 short weeks away. [*facepalm*] Ironically, having to think about the holidays is the last thing I want to do right now.
Normally, you would have to wait until next year for the release of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s most recent Christmas Concert. But, the MormonTabChoir YouTube channel posted a “sneak peek”, sharing this showstopping rendition of Jingle Bells arranged by director Mack Wilberg. Enjoy!
“Adeste Fideles”, commonly known in English as “O Come All Ye Faithful” is a very popular hymn sung at Christmas time.
A special new video from The Piano Guys was released today featuring their arrangement of the Christmas hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”.
Exactly one year ago today, a giant storm with hurricane force winds struck my home in Northern Utah.
This year, we are choosing to “boycott” the madness and chaos, and spend some good old fashioned time together.
On Christmas Eve this year our family participated in a different kind of “Church Service”. Apparently, a few months back Mr. MoSop signed us all up for the weekly wardhouse cleaning detail. He felt it would be “a great chance for us to give a gift to Jesus on Christmas”. This blog post gives the lowdown on our non-traditional Christmas “gift-giving” experience – with a few “tips” thrown in for future participants.
Every year in November my friend Nola Child begins to unwrap her Christmas treasures and transform her home into a sacred museum, of sorts. It takes Nola over a week of full-time effort to get everything into place. That’s because Nola owns over 600 nativity scenes from around the world (although, I’ve heard the unofficial number might be closer to 700). . . [Merry Christmas everyone! In this post, Enjoy Nola’s nativity collection as a MoSop video]
Jake Justice and Amy Whitcomb may be young, but they are already making a name for themselves in the competitive music industry. The two talented Mormon artists recently collaborated on a new recording of “Silent Night” which I am pleased to share with you today.