If any of you are regular (or irregular?!) readers of my blog, then you may (or may not) have noticed I haven’t been “keeping up” lately. I have taken a bit of a hiatus.
News stories, social media, late night TV, YouTube, pop-culture, the arts and entertainment world…you name it, “Mormon” is there. I have been noticing a general trend in the quality and tone. It’s getting better. Much better.
The wonderfully talented Alex Boyé and former American Idol Carmen Rasmusen have teamed up to create a fun new take on a favorite Mormon hymn
As The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) continues to receive heightened media attention, a new study focuses on the generous charitable donations and volunteerism of active Latter-day Saints in the United States. . . .
In 10 days The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold its General Conference, and YOU are invited! The conference is FREE, and it’s open and available to all the world. In this post, you will find your official invitation, and a list of many ways to attend, watch and listen.
At sunrise on Thursday January 12, 2012, a traditional golden Angel Moroni statue was placed atop the new Latter-day Saint temple being built in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Despite being a very cold morning, many locals came out to watch the event. The video shared here, created by jamietaki, makes a special keepsake!
It’s the worst nightmare any parent of a young Mormon missionary would have to face; learning your child who has dedicated two years of their lives away from home for church service will never return home. Last night, not just one, but two families received this devestating news. . .
The most recent “Mormon” Moment brouhaha has risen over certain comments made last Friday by a Texas pastor named Robert Jeffress. I don’t know the guy. Never heard of him before. But, he made quite a spectacle of himself at a political rally
…for these people, the story has long ended. Their struggle is over, and all are safely gathered in. It is actually the rest of us who are now struggling to “pull our carts” through the hard terrain and deep snows of life, facing circumstances that we are often ill prepared to handle, wondering how we can get up and go on another day, having to dig a little deeper into our soul to find a higher purpose. . .and always praying for help to come. Will we be as brave?
This summer marks the 90th Anniversary of the Brighton LDS Girls Camp, located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, east of Salt Lake City, Utah. Brighton Camp began in the summer of 1921, and has the distinction of being the first and oldest continually running Latter-day Saint Girls camp in church history. It has welcomed girls ages 12-14 uninterrupted each and …
In light of a sacrilegious Broadway musical…permanently “borrowing” the same name as sacred scripture, I’d like to offer “My Top Ten List of What The Book of Mormon IS, and what it IS NOT.”
This beautiful children’s hymn will be performed at the April 2011 LDS General Conference. Learn more about the song, link to a free download, and enjoy a YouTube video of the song with lyrics.
A video interview with Elder David A. Bednar, Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [aka “LDS” or “Mormon” Church]. Whether you are a Mormon or just a curious observer, this candid video is fascinating and enlightening!
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”.
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 …
“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 …
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 …
Never give up, never give in. You were born to win!
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! …
‘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
The Doctrine and Covenants is one of four books of scripture used in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints….
Discover more about the history, promises and mysteries revealed in this important book of latter-day scripture.
A message, a prayer and a song for those affected by Haiti’s earthquake.
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…
An open invitation to all angels online. Please come in! Rest your wings awhile…and, feel free to sing along.
A closer examination of one of the most famous quotes in Mormonism, attributed to President David O. McKay, offers some surprises, and some mysteries. In this post, discover the “Family Alter”, “God’s garden of Character”, and the most-quoted-yet-least-credited-non-Mormon-by-Mormons!
In honor of “National Trivia Day” this post compiles history, facts and little-known trivia about The Angel Moroni Statues of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka “Mormons”).
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
“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”.