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2010 In Review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how the Mormon Soprano blog did in 2010, and here is a high level summary of its overall “blog health”, as well as a few personal observations on being a 21st Century “Blogger”. Continue reading

Shining Star: Song For Christmas

Shining Star: Song For Christmas

For many years the LDS Church magazines have published new songs and hymns by talented Mormon musicians. Now, thanks to the updated official church website, it is easier than ever to find these treasures. This week, I will be sharing some of these with you. Today’s feature is a song entitled “Shining Star” published in … Continue reading

Archuleta Sings Celtic Pat-A-Pan

“Pat-a-pan” is a French Christmas carol originally written in the dialect of Burgundy, and later adapted into English. The song was written by Bernard de La Monnoye (1641–1728) and tells the story of the birth of Jesus Christ from the perspective of shepherds playing simple instruments such as flutes and drums. In this enjoyable video, Mormon pop … Continue reading

Mormon Conference Offers Living Scripture

This Saturday and Sunday, Mormons throughout the world will be gathering to listen to the 180th Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Conference is always a very special event, which is anticipated with great excitement!

Death of Mormon Bishop Prompts Kindness, Donations

Death of Mormon Bishop Prompts Kindness, Donations

Mormons and non-Mormons alike are mourning Sunday’s senseless and tragic death of Bishop Clay Sannar, age 42, of the Visalia California Ward congregation, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bishop Sannar had only been serving in his lay ministry calling a few months. While doing paperwork in his church office after  morning … Continue reading

Payson Temple Surprise!

Yesterday I stopped off at my salon to get a broken nail fixed. As usual, a small TV in the back of the room was on. It happened to be queuing up the 6:00 news. Suddenly, I was hearing Utah would be getting another Latter-day Saint [Mormon] Temple! … Continue reading

Helping Haiti One By One

‘Mormons’ and ‘Service’ are synonymous. When tragedy strikes, no matter when or where, you can bet a group of Mormons will be on the next plane bringing truckloads of blankets, sanitation kits, food, clothing, medical supplies and volunteers. … When Haiti was struck with a catastrophic earthquake last week, Mormons mobilized!

See photos and watch two video updates on LDS Aid in Haiti Continue reading

Miracle Birth At The Tonga Temple

On Wednesday Jan 6, 2010 a baby boy was born in the LDS (Mormon) Nuku’alofa Tonga Temple. The circumstances surrounding this unusual occurance are nothing short of miraculous! Mormon Soprano has received permission from all parties involved to share the story with you, as told by Sister Frederika ten Hoopen (“Sister Teni”), a single LDS Senior missionary serving in the dual capacity of proselyting, and as mission nurse, in Tonga… Continue reading

Anthem For A New Year

On January 4, 2008, after four years of extensive renovation, the Utah State Capitol building held a formal Re-dedication ceremony. The ceremony’s 2008 program was based on the program used during the original dedication in 1916.

Included among the many performances was a new musical commission entitled “Anthem for a New Year: Into Light”.

The lyrics were a new poem written by Utah’s Poet Laureate Katharine Coles, PhD, and set to music by Utah composer Kurt Bestor. The premeire was conducted by Craig Jessop, and the extensive cast of local performers included The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Utah Symphony Orchestra, The Bells on Temple Square, the 23rd Army Band, the International Children’s Choir, and the Cathedral of the Madeleine Choir School.

The poem compares the cold dark winter dawning slowly into spring as an allegory for our personal opportunities to change with the season, reach for new possibilities, and become beings of light.

Watch A Video Of This Musical Premiere Continue reading

Messiah: Handel’s Musical Prophecy

“On The 21st Day of Christmas Countdown we contemplate the vision of Handel’s musical gift…combined with Isaiah, a timeless prophesy to uplift!”

Learn more about the Oratorio “Messiah”, and explore the similarities between the Prophet Isaiah, and the Composer Joseph Frideric Handel …
Includes Music Videos: “For Unto Us A Child Is Born” and “Hallelujiah Chorus”. Continue reading

LDS Christmas Devotional 2009

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds a Christmas Devotional on the first Sunday of each December. The December 6, 2009 Christmas Devotional is now available … This post provides direct links to view. Enjoy! Continue reading

A Russian Christmas Miracle

I beleive that when music is performed with the spirit of God, it is the most powerful tool He has on earth in preparing a soul, softening a mind, and touching a heart. This story is a perfect example of how the power of spiritual music made a difference one cold December night in Moscow. Continue reading

First Annual MoSop Advent

Today is December 1st, and Christmas is definitely “in the air” in my neck of the woods! Hopefully, you are starting to feel the magic already as well… To help your days be merry and bright, here is my First Day of Christmas message a.k.a. the beginning of the 2009 “MoSop Advent”. Continue reading

Bountiful Nativity a Work of Art

Residents of Temple View Drive in Bountiful City, Utah have a special love for Christmas, and they have found a special way to share it. The creation of a progressive Neighborhood Nativity started taking shape over a year and a half ago, when neighbors were thinking about holiday decoration ideas……[this post includes an exclusive sneak peak video!] Continue reading

9/11 Survivor Finds Peace

As we prepare to commemorate the anniversary of September 11, 2001 – one of America’s saddest days, there is opportunity for reflection, healing and peace. In this powerful video, survivor Victor Guzman describes his personal journey from the tragedy and trauma of 9/11, to hope, healing, and renewal. Created by Mormon Messages

MormonNews Blog Arrival

This week the LDS (Mormon) Church finally graduated to the quintessential level of new media use. Yes, the rumors are true! The Public Affairs Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints has launched a blog. Although the site includes a disclaimer that things “should not necessarily be viewed as official statements of The Church“, they certainly … Continue reading

Honoring Women

Honoring Women

In October 2004 the late President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints honored the divine gifts possessed by women in a General Conference address entitled “The Women In Our Lives“. Youtube  MormonMessages has created a video which beautifully illustrates excerpts of his words. President Hinckley shared this tender preface to his chosen … Continue reading

Gracie’s Theme has Cardall’s Healing Touch

Mormon musician Paul Cardall was born in 1973 with a severe congenital heart defect. He has undergone countless surgeries, and is currently wait-listed for a heart transplant. This is his last hope. He dreams of living long enough to raise his little girl Eden alongside his beautiful wife Lynette.  Ironically, Paul possesses an exceptional art for healing others. Despite his failing … Continue reading

Come, Come Ye Saints, All Is Well

Today is a special day. On July 24, 2009 the Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley after years of persecution and an arduous trek of over 1300 miles – blazing what became known as the Mormon Trail. I have blogged before about Honoring The Mormon Pioneers, and my own pioneer heritage. It is something I treasure. … Continue reading

Parents Finding Inner Hindu

“Mom, I want to be Hindu”. The devout Mormon mother looks deeply into the earnest blue eyes of her teenaged daughter. She sees sincerity and anxiousness, combined with notable fear of retaliation or rejection. Mom quietly tries to process her child’s declaration. She waits for the immediate flood of  unspoken questions, thoughts, panic and concern crowding into her brain to settle down. She waits for the perfect … Continue reading