Tagged with jesus christ

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

Seek and Find The Christmas Spirit

“As we seek Christ, as we find Him, as we follow Him, we shall have the Christmas spirit, not for one fleeting day each year, but as a companion always. We shall learn to forget ourselves. If we remember, “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service … 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

O Holy Night – Kenneth Cope & Liz Swindle Artwork

Listen to Kenneth Cope sing “O Holy Night” while viewing the masterpieces of Jesus Christ’s life created by artist Liz Lemon Swindle. I find this a powerful and wonderful way to reflect upon the meaning of Christmas. more about “O Holy Night – Kenneth Cope & Liz Swi…“, posted with vodpod

The Greatest Gift

Please take a few minutes to watch this powerful video of the last words of LDS leader President James E. Faust before his death on August 10, 2007. President Faust tells about The Greatest Gift we can give to ourselves and to others this year. more about “The Greatest Gift“, posted with vodpod

Mother Mary Went The Distance

Mother Mary Went The Distance

As we celebrate this most joyful time of year, let us not forget to pause and ponder the true reason for the season, and give thanks to those who sacrificed everything to make it possible. I always like to think about Mary, the Mother of Jesus. I consider her one of my heroes. She is … Continue reading

The Nativity Breath of Heaven

“The Nativity” is a short film produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (free copies available online). In this remix by a creative friend, Amy Grant’s song “Breath of Heaven” has replaced the original soundtrack. I think it makes a lovely fit. more about “The Nativity Breath of Heaven“, posted with vodpod

Video: Angela Johnson Sculpting Christ

Earlier this year I posted an exclusive interview with LDS sculptor Angela Johnson, who shared her miraculous story. A new video about her has been released, and I am thrilled to share it with you. You can read the interview here: To learn more about her non-profit “I am the Light of The World” Foundation, … 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

Joseph B. Wirthlin, Rest In Peace

Our oldest LDS Apostle passed away peacefully in his sleep late Monday night at age 91. Back in 1936, “Speedy” Wirthlin played halfback for the University of Utah. With a slight build and light on his feet, he was an all-around good athlete. Elder Wirthlin has been beloved by the church as a kind, gentle … Continue reading

Mormons Believe in Following Christ

Jesus taught us how to know the difference between a true or a false prophet, and between a true or false follower of His gospel:     “By their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matt. 7:20.)  “For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit… Every tree … Continue reading

Living In The World, Without Letting The World Into Us

We live in troubling times. One of my frequent readers, John Paul at e4Unity recently posted about the worries of the religious community regarding the crumbling fabric of our society, the loss of freedoms and spirituality we are experiencing, and the natural contemplation that ensues of signs of the last days and second coming of … Continue reading

The Restoration of Truth: Part One

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.   ~~~~~~~~~ Click For Part Two This site is a contention-free zone. … Continue reading

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 4 minute video is about the very beginning of the restoration, … Continue reading

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

Books that guide my life

Books that guide my life

For the past week I have been taking the “Hinckley Challenge” to read The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ in 97 days. So far, I’m ahead of schedule! I have read The Book of Mormon many times in my life. My mother would tell her children scripture stories from the time we were … Continue reading

I Believe In Christ; The Hymn

In April 1972 Elder Bruce R. McConkie, an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared a personal poem he had written as part of his general conference address. The poem is a definitive testimony of Jesus Christ. The verses attracted overwhelming attention and immediate love. They were first set into an … Continue reading

The Three Gardens of God

Elder Bruce R. McConkie (1915-1985) served as a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for thirty-eight and a half years. He was called to the First Council of the Seventy in October 1946 and was ordained an apostle in October 1972. He was a prolific writer, and the author of … Continue reading

How Firm A Foundation

“Eventually we must have our own strong and deeply placed foundation, or we will be unable to withstand the storms of life, which will come…How, you may ask, can we most effectively gain and maintain the foundation needed to survive spiritually in the world in which we live?…First, prayer…Second, study the scriptures and “meditate therein … Continue reading

Angela Johnson: Sharing Christ’s Power Through Art

For nearly three decades Angela Johnson “the soprano” thrilled audiences with her professional vocal talent. But today, it is Angela Johnson “the sculptor” who is touching lives and hearts with her gift. MormonSoprano shares an exclusive interview with this artist who is a witness of the power and miracles of Jesus Christ. I first heard … 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.)…

Joy In The Morning

“Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” Psalms 30: 4-5 Play: Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’ “Wherever you live on this earth and whatever your life’s situation may be, I testify to you … 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

Loving Our Neighbor

Jesus taught to “Love Thy Neighbor, As Thyself“. Sometimes we wonder what that really means, to “love our neighbor”? And perhaps, is it an impossible standard in today’s modern, busy and competitive world? On April 26, 2008, a group of young athletes in Ellensburg Washington proved that living such a high standard is not impossible at all.

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

Freedom From Earth Stains

Today Americans celebrate the 232nd birthday of our nation’s Declaration of Independence. The flags are flying, and there will be many parades with beautiful floats and energetic marching bands. Most workers are enjoying this day as a paid holiday, me included. Our parks are filled with families enjoying time together, eating picnics and anticipating an … Continue reading

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

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