Tagged with God

Deep In Our Bones

This weekend was our Stake Conference. [Translation: An LDS Stake is a group of local area Congregations who meet all together twice per year – this is similar to a ‘diocese’ in other religions). The leadership of our Stake was being reorganized, which only occurs each nine years, so there was much excitement and anticipation. … Continue reading

The Book of Mormon Challenge

The Book of Mormon Challenge

On October 1, 2008 I Joined the “Hinckley Challenge” (found at hinckleychallenge.com) to read The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ in 97 days or less. This was created in honor of the immediate past LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley’s 97 years of life. On Jan. 4, 2009, I completed the challenge! It … Continue reading

A New Year of Hope and Gratitude

Don’t change that dial…yes, this is still MormonSoprano! However, in honor of the upcoming New Year celebration, I made a few little festive changes. I also activated my “falling snow” feature, as it makes a nice double for confetti, don’t you think? It is hard to believe that we are already ushering 2008 out the … Continue reading

Ave Maria, Gounod and Schubert

  The Hail Mary or Ave Maria (Latin) is a traditional Catholic prayer asking for the intercession of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. The prayer incorporates two passages from Saint Luke’s Gospel: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women” (Luke 1:28) and “Blessed art thou amongst … Continue reading

19 Years Living “Happily Ever After”

Nineteen years ago, on the 19th of December, “Peeps” and I got married. Our ceremony was performed by Patriarch Arthur Strong in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. It was a beautiful day. Unseasonably warm for December. Although the sky was partly overcast, most of the snow had melted. In the background of several of our … 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

The Restoration of Truth

The Restoration of Truth

This post continues my discussion of what the world calls “Mormonism”. Faithful believers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed “Mormon”) feel this is a Restoration of Christ’s true gospel. I invite you to enjoy the following movie depicting how this restoration began, shared in two parts. ~~~~~~~~~ Learn more about Joseph Smith an The Church of Jesus Christ … Continue reading

In 1820 God Chose A Prophet

In 1820 God Chose A Prophet

As explained in my last post, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a Restoration church. I would like to share a few posts that explain that restoration. I feel the story is exciting, miraculous and important for all to hear. This 2 minute video is about the very beginning of the restoration, with … Continue reading

What Is Marriage?

What Is Marriage?

Marriage is a “hot topic” right now in the media and the blog world due to Proposition 8 in California. Emotions are running high. There is much being said regarding this topic, combined with intensive personal investments of energy, money, time and effort. Some reports are staying neutral and open-minded, but often the tone becomes … Continue reading

He Watching Over Israel, Slumbers Not

“I hope you enjoyed that magnificent anthem presented by the Choir—“He, Watching Over Israel, Slumbers Not, Nor Sleeps.” It is from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and the words are adapted from the Psalms. (See Ps. 121:4.)…

Who Are You?

I have a little tool installed on this site called “StatCounter”, and it’s kind-of nerdy & fun to watch it off and on. It has a cool page with a world map, and whenever any of you visit my site a little red arrow is placed on your location. When I click on the red arrow, … Continue reading

The Most Important Mormon Belief

What do Mormons believe? It is a question that usually invokes a large list of answers, and an equally long list of questions. It generates opinions and conclusions both positive and negative. It is a question that has sparked many respectful discussions, and also disrespectful accusations. Ever since 1820, this question has opened up heated debates, but it has also … Continue reading

Joseph Smith, A Prophet

In the spring of 1820, a young boy named Joseph Smith wanted to know which church he should join. He had been attending several different churches and comparing their teachings and they often contradicted each other. As he searched the Bible for help, he read that he should ask God. (James 1:5) Acting on this … Continue reading

Truth Avoidance Deadlier Than AIDS

Many years ago a wise and loving father gave some basic ground rules to his children in order to protect them. Like any good parent, he knew the truth about the terrible dangers lurking in the world, and that he was responsible to warn his children.

Mormons Testify of Christ

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. He is the promised Messiah, the Redeemer, and the Son of God. Latter-day Saints worship him, follow him and strive to be like him. Jesus Christ is at the center and core of every aspect of our faith. Simply … Continue reading

Earth: Supersized Home Improvement

“Earth with her ten thousand flow’rs, Air with all its beams and show’rs, Heaven’s infinite expanse, Sea’s resplendent countenance – All around and all above Bear this record, God Is Love”  – Hymn 87 We live on an amazing planet. In fact, I think we often forget what a gift we have right under our … Continue reading

Music To Our [Pets] Ear

I read a fascinating article today about the power and effect music has not only on human beings, but also all living creatures! A leading researcher named Joshua Leeds studies the effects of sound on the human nervous system, or “psychoacoustics”. “Sound,” he says, “is a potent energy that should not be taken for granted.” Sound … Continue reading

Be Still And Know

Be Still And Know

My heart is heavy this weekend as I learned of two tragedies hitting home and heart. The first was the death of Christian songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest child, Maria Sue. Certain areas of the country have given this more media attention than others. Our paper included only a small paragraph hidden in a national … Continue reading

It All Works Out

The dog had diarrhea. Thus begins the tale of my “sad song day”. But first, my dog Joey had gas. It started the night before. Those of you with dogs know that canine flatulence is just about one of the most unpleasant things we put up with for love of our furry friends. But this … Continue reading

Miracles Happen

Wonderful news! Our prayers of faith have been answered! I was absolutely thrilled to read Sam Shaw’s update on little Eloise. She is well. She is laughing. Her doctors cannot explain the change that took place which enabled her to forgo the scheduled surgical procedure. Eloise becomes another living witness that miracles do happen. I rejoice with Sam and … Continue reading

Pray for Eloise

I was touched by Sam Shaw’s post today regarding his sweet granddaughter Eloise. Little Eloise has a serious heart condition. She must undergo a critical surgery this week. I don’t know Sam. I have never met his family. And Sam does not know any of us. However, he has faith in our prayers.

Reflections of Christ

Reflections of Christ

In the fall of 2007 a creative project began that would become a life-changing experience for everyone involved. The Lord said, “out of small and simple things, great things shall come to pass”. The Reflections of Christ project has become such. Like a polished stone dropped into a calm sea, the ripples continue to reach … Continue reading

As the Bridegroom to His Chosen

It has been quite a long while since I have posted. Over my life as a regular “journaler” I have found it is often the case that when I have been particularly busy, I find it difficult to find time to “write it all down”. Sadly this usually coincides with the most profound or important … Continue reading

Mom Power

My mother underwent surgery for breast cancer last week. She chose to have a lumpectomy, and the pathologist report has declared her margins clear of cancer cells! That is the great news. She has been blessed with a very rapid recovery, and was back to work just a few short days later. Of course, that is … Continue reading

A Child of God

I am a Child of God, and He has Sent me Here, Has given me an earthly home, with parents Kind and Dear”  – Listen To: “For The Beauty Of The Earth” We believe that each of our lives has a divine purpose, and that by coming to this earth we are part of a … Continue reading

How do we know?

“I know my Father lives, and loves me too. The Spirit whispers this to me, and tells me it is true” – Hymn 302 I have recently been having an interesting conversation