Wednesday February 13, 2013 – Journal Entry – I am officially a Missionary Mom!
Brace yourselves, world! Mormonism is getting a stunning and irresistible new “face-lift”! There’s a whole new “Mormon Moment” sweeping the globe.
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.
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.
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
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”.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is embarking on an ambitious, if slightly daunting, film project. The goal? To reinact every story told in the New Testament.
That’s a lot of stories! And, it requires a lot of people. Which means, whether you are a professional actor, or a novice, you have the potential to become a part of movie-making history.
Over the past year, the official Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint “website to the world” – MORMON.ORG – has been implementing a new, personalized format filled with searchable member profile pages, and video spotlights. If you have a facebook account, you’ve likely seen a few sidebar ads and videos featuring these individuals. It’s Mormons “unplugged”! Telling their stories, sharing their opinions, and faith, and lives, all in their own words. . .
“…Much of the confusion we experience in this life comes from simply not understanding who we are.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Mormons believe the first principle of the gospel is “Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ” . . . This post explains the Latter-day Saint [Mormon] understanding of Jesus, and includes a new video entitled “I Believe In Christ” with music performed by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and images by prominent LDS artists.
The 180th General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints concluded yesterday. And, WOW! What a Conference it was! . . . Here are some of my thoughts and impressions.
Conference and Easter Countdown! A Poem To Ponder.
Enjoy this expression of poetic faith through word and video by Reid Baer.
Conference Countdown Tip #4: Ponder The Significance …
Watch a video of an apostle explaining the significance of General Conference, and the glorious message of each event.
It’s time for “Conference Countdown”! Each April and October Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City becomes the quintessential “Mormon Mecca”. Anticipation is heightening, and many preperations have been underway to make this Conference just as beautiful and spiritually edifying as ever…
This post includes two highlight videos.
Latter-day Saint student and film maker Seth Adam Smith has been creating and sharing poignant YouTube videos since the mid 2000′s. Many of these have been featured at Mormon Soprano. This week, Seth released The Testimony of Joseph Smith, which he says took over two years to make, and is as much a statement of his own spiritual witness, as that of the prophet.
I add my witness, and share this remarkable video with you.
There’s an old saying: “What a difference a day makes“. In the grand scheme of things, a “day” might be 24 hours, or perhaps a week, a month, a decade, a generation, or even an eon. Biblically speaking, who is to say how long a “day” needs to last for God’s six creative steps, recorded in the first chapter …
On January 22, 2010 The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued an official statement on Haiti, urging its members to Help. This video features the text of that statement, combined with images from Haiti, and set to the LDS Hymn “Have I Done Any Good?”
For the past three weeks I’ve been diligently working on my “New Years Resolution List”. Just like countless former ‘NYR Lists’, the subject of Weight loss & Fitness is written near the top. And, just like every other year, I had good intentions. But unlike every other year, I made an important discovery which is helping me overcome my ultimate stumbling blocks to fitness…
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”).
Today is author J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday. He would have been 118. Born on Jan. 3, 1892 (died Sept. 2, 1973), John Ronald Reuel Tolkien became a famous English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor. He is best known as the author of the classic fantasy works ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Indeed, he has been called the “Father of Modern Fantasy Literature”.
It is well known that Tolkien’s closest friend was fellow-author and Christian convert C.S. Lewis. Mormons Love C.S. Lewis. He is considered one of the most quoted non-LDS authors over an LDS pulpit – and likewise, J.R.R. Tolkien is admired no less….
“On the 8th Day of Christmas MoSop shared with me…”
a Happy Birthday wish to MoSop’s Mommy!!! and A Christmas Gift from International Mormon Missionaries. Watch a lovely video message in many languages about the true gift of Christmas.
The attached video is based upon a true story, and I feel is worthy of sharing with my readers. The Government of the Republic of Macedonia’s Ministry of Education & Science created this thought provoking clip. It was used as part of a social advertising campaign aimed at promoting religious education. The Headline for this commercial reads: ”Religion is knowledge, …
This video gives a simplified introduction to Mormon Temples. Learn the history, purpose and what takes place inside – all in just 3 minutes!
This new 4 minute video is well worth watching, from both an historical and religious perspective.
You’ve heard the rumors about Mormons. “Polygamists”, “Not Christian”, “Utah Cult”, “No Coffee”…. etc. But are they true? This MormonsMadeSimple video separates the myths from the facts.
The following video is an illustrated excerpt of a talk entitled “How Choice A Seer” by the late LDS apostle Elder Neal A. Maxwell, who discusses the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Joseph Smith.
On Thursday May 28, 2009 it was announced that one of the great philosophers of Mormonism, Truman G. Madsen passed on to the next life, succombing to cancer. Members of the church worldwide are bidding him a fond farewell…this post is my tribute to a great man and a great mind [includes many quotes, links and a video].
“Life is not meant to be easy, but when we are filled with the Spirit…we will be full of joy no matter what happens.” The life and words of Elder F. Enzio Busche offer each of us hope and inspiration for keeping a joyful soul, no matter what. [Don't miss the beautiful video included in this post!]