“‘Tis the season to be jolly!” Christmas is the season of giving, which is the very essense of the spirit of Jesus Christ – who’s birth we celebrate. What better opportunity to give kindness, and participate in a little “Smile Experiment”?
When I heard the story of Narayanan Krishnan, my heart was deeply touched and I was moved to tears. I cannot think of a better story to share as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ – whose ministry was devoted to the forgotten and neediest of society.
Are you seeking the perfect present to give for Christmas? Try some gift-giving tips from President Thomas S. Monson, and enjoy an inspiring song.
As I endured another morning of snail-paced highway traffic during another typical frantic commute to the office, I happened to turn my head slightly to the left, and up – just in time to witness the exact moment the sun peeked over the top of the Rocky Mountains. It was a stunning sight, and suddenly, my very ordinary morning, with its very ordinary routine was transformed into something very extraordinary.
One of my very favorite poems is “The Road Less Traveled” by Robert Frost. I was pleased to see that Mormon musician David Osmond has chosen this as the title for his newest album which released August 10, 2010. . . **New MoSop Movie**
This has been a hard week, with a lot of tragedy in the news. I don’t know about you, but my soul has felt pretty battered. Perhaps that’s what made hearing a beautiful hymn played by a gifted artist on a magical flute all the more sweeter today. My soul was touched. My hope was renewed. And, my faith and confidence in the world was restored. – **This Post Includes a NEW MOSOP MOVIE**
To say I do a lot of reading would be an understatement. Books, magazines, newspapers, blog posts, articles, commentary…online and offline…you name it, I can be found turning, flipping, scanning and scrolling down. Often during these ‘word feasts’ I come across a quote that sticks in my brain, and then churns around and around until it’s soft, and warm, and smooth as homemade butter taffy.
Today I am sharing a highlight video of the 180th LDS General Conference which was held April 3-4, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah. . . This offers a great recap of the significant messages and themes of the Conference in less than 10 minutes, and is well worth your time. Enjoy!
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 Countdown Tip #6: Take Time To Give!
In Februrary 2009 a LDS high school Sophomore in Ozark, Missouri decided to start a very different kind of club with her two best friends. Read their story, and watch the inspiring video!
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!
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.
Never give up, never give in. You were born to win!
Since the devestating 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti Jan 12, media networks have exponentially inundated us with tragic tales & images combined with stories of survival, heroism, sacrifice, service and love. Not a day goes by without “Haiti” being present somehow in our conscious or subconscious life. If you are anything like me, then over the past two weeks you’ve probably done two or more of the following…
When Grammy-award winning songwriter and producer David Foster collaborated with Grammy-award winner Carole Bayer Sager to write “The Prayer”, it was a match made in heaven……..As our hearts are aching for the people of Haiti, and many other sorrows throughout the world, both public and private, I cannot think of a better time to offer up this musical prayer for peace, love, safety and comfort….
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.
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 today’s Wordpress home page there’s a simple poll. The question reads: “Are you optimistic for 2010?”
The 24-hr. vote shows that the answer “Yes” garnered 84%. Wow! It’s nice to know that despite a world filled with many troubles, we can still find a majority of people filled with optimism. This makes me feel more cheerful and more optimistic just seeing that vote of confidence!…
Learn about OPTIMISM…and watch a message about HOPE!
On May 1, 2003 husband, father, son and friend, US Army Pfc. Jesse Givens died in Iraq in the service of his country. He was 34 years old. Givens was parked in an M-1 main battle tank alongside the bank of the Euphrates River in Al Habbaniyah, Iraq. The riverbank gave way, resulting in the tank falling into the river. His comrades tried desperately and unsuccessfully to free him. Ironically, Pfc. Jesse A. Givens drowned in the desert…
Hear the story, and watch the musical performance of his last Letter Home.
On The 23rd Day of counting down, we’ve reached the Eve of Christmas Eve…
…here is a story that warms the heart, and helps us to believe
On the 16th Day it isn’t always enough … to smile and grin and try to be tough… A post on coping with Grief and Loss at Christmas time.
Today, my message of hope and praise is just a little different from the norm. I wish to acknowledge the suffering that often accompanies this time of year when empty chairs and broken hearts seem especially out of place.
This Post includes an interview with singer-songwriter Cori Connors, and a NEW MoSop Movie Premeire “You Would Have Loved This”, from Cori’s Christmas CD: “Sleepy Little Town”. [watch in HD!]