Finding Peace

Finding Peace

These are the days that were predicted by ancient and modern prophets. And all things shall be in commotion; and surely, men’s hearts shall fail them; for fear shall come upon all people. – D&C 88:91 It seems like the world is in such a great commotion these days that it is hard to know … Continue reading

Singing and Healing Together

Singing and Healing Together

I have been singing all of my life. I started singing as a baby. As a young child I loved to sing all day long. I remember singing while I played dolls, and while I pumped my legs on the swing-set, and while I skipped down the street. I remember singing myself to bed at … Continue reading

New Life, New Hope, New Year

New Life, New Hope, New Year

The family and I just stepped outside for our annual MIDNIGHT BASH – i.e. banging on pots and pans as loudly as possible and screaming “HAPPY NEW YEAR!!” at the top of our lungs! (Yes, I am sure all our new neighbors love us now). And thus we say adieu to 2016, and hello to 2017. A Lot Happened … Continue reading

Nine Fine Years Blogging, With Gratitude

Nine Fine Years Blogging, With Gratitude

Today commemorates 9 years since “Mormon Soprano” was born in blog form. Nine. Whole. Years. Wow. How did that happen? Nine years ago several things happened in succession that changed the direction and focus of my life. My children were in Junior High and High School, respectively. That year began with an extreme trial of faith. My … Continue reading

General Conference To The Rescue

General Conference To The Rescue

Just when hope seems lost, the future seems dim, and we feel like we can’t take one more step…General Conference arrives! This weekend allows us to pause, reflect, sit quietly, and see a new perspective. One of the grand recurring themes of the scriptures is the message of rescue and “saving” what was once thought to be lost. Today has been … Continue reading

9-11 Stories of Hope

9-11 Stories of Hope

Today the United States of America marks fifteen years since the horrible terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In many ways “Nine-Eleven” seems like just yesterday, and in other ways, it seems a lifetime ago. This is a day we will always remember where we were, what we were doing, how we felt – and how it changed us forever … Continue reading

Remind Me Again How We Do This?

Remind Me Again How We Do This?

Do you ever wonder what “this” is all about? You know – this. As in, Life. It seems like whenever I reach a crossroads, where some big decision has to be made, or a crises happens, or a change is taking place, I think about “this” – the living thing – more… Continue reading

Between A Rock And A Lion

Between A Rock And A Lion

And… guess what? I spoke too soon. After 7 days of being in love with our house, those ‘perfect buyers’ are leaving us at the altar. Yep. I’m trying not to be despondent, but my heart is feeling heavy. “everything is going to work out,” “these must not have been the ‘right family’,” “the Lord has a different plan … Continue reading

I’ll Take That Third Time Charm Now, Please

I’ll Take That Third Time Charm Now, Please

Hi there. I promise to be taking you back to Paris [and it will be beautiful]! As you can tell, my Tour Journal series has been “on pause” temporarily. Here is a quick “real time” update why. Since our return from Europe we’ve been back in the saddle again prepping our current home to sell, and watching over our new home construction. In the ongoing saga … Continue reading

Day 18.2 A Night In The City of Light

Day 18.2 A Night In The City of Light

Wednesday July 14, 2016 – Day 18 Part Two – Paris, France, Bastille Day – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour Journal ~ After having an amazing visit to the Anne Frank House this morning, we ate our final breakfast in Marriott’s beautiful church-turned-dining-hall, and then said farewell to Amsterdam. Our next agenda item was a  5 1/2 hour drive to Paris! Our bus … Continue reading

Day 18.1 Remembering Anne in Amsterdam

Day 18.1 Remembering Anne in Amsterdam

Wednesday July 14, 2016 – Day 18 Part One – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour Journal ~ Last night as I was getting ready to load the bus from Rotterdam back to Amsterdam I received two wonderful surprises from my excited choir friend Rebecca. #1. Every day the Anne Frank House releases a handful of tickets for the following day – … Continue reading

Day 17.2: A Rotterdam Embrace

Day 17.2: A Rotterdam Embrace

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Day 17 Part 2 – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour ~ After my fun morning “Lover’s Cruise” on the peaceful canals of Amsterdam, I returned to the hotel in time to grab my day-bag and load the bus for Rotterdam. We were on our way to our final performance of the tour. … Continue reading