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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

Resolution Time and Einstein

It’s time for “making the list” and “checking it twice”. And, no, we’re not talking about the big guy in the red suit [that was LAST week]. I’m talking about YOUR list. Or, more accurately, YOURS, MINE and OURS. The infamous “New Year Resolutions List”. And, if you’re like me, you’re quietly pulling out last year’s list and quickly dusting it off….”Voila! All done!”
Here are some Helpful hints from Einstein! And, Don’t miss the “motivational” music video! Continue reading

O Holy Night – Cantique de Noël

O Holy Night – Cantique de Noël

On Christmas Eve 1906, a 33-year-old university professor, and former chief chemist for Thomas Edison, named Reginald Fessenden did something long thought impossible. Using a new type of generator, Fessenden spoke into a microphone and, for the first time in history, a man’s voice was broadcast over the airwaves…

LEARN THE fascinating history of the beloved Christmas Carol “Cantique de Noël” [O Holy Night]. This post includes a video clip of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing Mack Wilberg’s arrangement. 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 Walk In Mary’s Shoes

“On the 5th Day of Christmas, MoSop gave to YOU…” A Chance To Walk In Mary’s SHOE(s)!

This post explores how Mary the Mother of Jesus was actually a fitness hero as well as a spiritual inspiration!

Bonus: A Video and a Reader’s Poll Continue reading

A Grinch Story

“On the Second Day of Christmas MoSop gave to me”…A Jeffrey Holland Grinch Story! Today’s advent message is sure to help brighten your holiday, and add perspective. 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

Happy ThanksGiving!

Happy ThanksGiving!

Another wonderful video from Mormon Messages has arrived just in time for our annual Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy watching, and then please share a quick comment about what YOU are thankful for today!