Tagged with Religion

2015 Choir Retirement: God Be With You!

2015 Choir Retirement: God Be With You!

On Sunday April 19, 2015 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir bid a tearful, fond farewell to 28 family members during the annual retirement ceremony. Membership in the Choir is limited to 20 years of service, or age 60, whichever comes first. Each year that goes by for me I find the retirement ceremonies become more emotional. It’s difficult to describe just … Continue reading

BTW, Which Way Are You Facing?

BTW, Which Way Are You Facing?

Last night I had the delightful opportunity to attend a women’s meeting (fireside) with special guest speaker John Bytheway – a very funny, inspiring, gifted man who also happens to be a devout Mormon. If you’ve never heard “BTW” (By-The-Way), then you have really been missing out on something special. I’m eager to introduce you! John Bytheway excels in equal parts motivational speaker, comedian, storyteller, teacher, inspirational … Continue reading

Serving And Saving

Serving And Saving

Today’s Conference Countdown message is about the power of Christ to serve and save souls, and the power of Christ within us to also help serve and save. President Thomas S. Monson shared the following story during the October 2006 General Conference: “While driving to the office one morning, I passed a dry-cleaning establishment which had … Continue reading

Two Mormons Named Most Influential American Religious Leaders

Two Mormons Named Most Influential American Religious Leaders

Joseph Smith, Jr. and Brigham Young have topped the list of “Most Influential American Religious Leaders” in a special collector’s edition of Smithsonian magazine highlighting “the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time.” Founder and prophet Joseph Smith, Jr., ranked #1 on the list, with his successor Brigham Young ranking at #3. The magazine used some very … Continue reading

Pilgrim Song – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Pilgrim Song – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Pilgrims are synonymous with the Thanksgiving holiday! And so, our Thanksgiving countdown playlist would not be complete without a song about Pilgrims. A pilgrim (from the Latin peregrinus) is a traveler – “one who has come from afar” – on a  journey to a holy place, or, a location of great religious significance. Typically, pilgrimage is a physical journey (usually taken on foot), … Continue reading

Dedication Day Symbols of Freedom

Dedication Day Symbols of Freedom

Today I experienced two examples of dedication that moved my heart and inspired my soul deeply. The timing of these events provided me a chance to ponder the significance and symbolism. First, a dedication of a musical program to honor United States armed forces. Second, the dedication of a Holy Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Continue reading

I’m Still Here: An Addict’s Story

I’m Still Here: An Addict’s Story

Today, I’m sharing Mark’s story. A former addict and repeat convict, Mark tells about losing his way – not just once, but over and over and over again. His story is filled with sorrow, but it is also a story of hope and love and forgiveness. Watch this! When I listen to Mark share his long, agonizing journey, … Continue reading

Sabbath Day

Sabbath Day

What is the origin of the Sabbath Day? How do we “Keep It Holy”? and Why is it so important? This post gives points to ponder as we study the words of the Lord, and His holy servants to make our Sabbath day a special day. Plus, enjoy a video of a special Sabbath Day hymn! Continue reading

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

Christmas To A Child

Children possess many special gifts – one of them is the ability to see and feel the pure magic of Christmas. This sweet video gives us a glimpse of Christmas through the eyes of a child, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of The Holy Child. Continue reading

New LDS Church Web Design Launched

After three months of Beta testing, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has launched its new and improved official website design for LDS.org. This website is designed to meet the specific needs of baptised members, however it is also open to the general public to search and enjoy. The new design offers much easier navigation … Continue reading

Prepare For A Miracle: Bronson’s Story

Prepare For A Miracle: Bronson’s Story

Conference Countdown Tip #1. Prepare For A Miracle.
In a world where a constant barrage of discouraging information and negative news surrounds us, it often seems impossible to find hope. How do we rise above it all? How can we find higher meaning? How do we have faith? . . .

Inside This Post: A Medical Miracle, A Journey of Faith, and an Inspiring Video! Continue reading

Conference Countdown April 2010

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. Continue reading