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Mormons Honor Tolkien

Mormons Honor Tolkien

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…. Continue reading

There Is Always Hope

Statistically speaking, the days that follow Christmas and year-end holiday celebrations show a higher spike in depression and suicide. Today’s post is is a new video produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The message is excerpts of a talk by apostle Elder Jeffrey R. Holland entitled “Lessons From Liberty Jail” originally given at a CES Fireside at Brigham Young Univeristy on Sept. 7, 2008. This new 9 minute video from MormonMessages offers a powerful reminder that we are never really alone, and there is always hope. {VIDEO} Continue reading

You Would Have Loved This

You Would Have Loved This

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!] 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 Russian Christmas Miracle

I beleive that when music is performed with the spirit of God, it is the most powerful tool He has on earth in preparing a soul, softening a mind, and touching a heart. This story is a perfect example of how the power of spiritual music made a difference one cold December night in Moscow. 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

Mormon Myths

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.

MormonNews Blog Arrival

This week the LDS (Mormon) Church finally graduated to the quintessential level of new media use. Yes, the rumors are true! The Public Affairs Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints has launched a blog. Although the site includes a disclaimer that things “should not necessarily be viewed as official statements of The Church“, they certainly … Continue reading

Honoring Women

Honoring Women

In October 2004 the late President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints honored the divine gifts possessed by women in a General Conference address entitled “The Women In Our Lives“. Youtube  MormonMessages has created a video which beautifully illustrates excerpts of his words. President Hinckley shared this tender preface to his chosen … Continue reading

Come, Come Ye Saints, All Is Well

Today is a special day. On July 24, 2009 the Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley after years of persecution and an arduous trek of over 1300 miles – blazing what became known as the Mormon Trail. I have blogged before about Honoring The Mormon Pioneers, and my own pioneer heritage. It is something I treasure. … Continue reading

Parents Finding Inner Hindu

“Mom, I want to be Hindu”. The devout Mormon mother looks deeply into the earnest blue eyes of her teenaged daughter. She sees sincerity and anxiousness, combined with notable fear of retaliation or rejection. Mom quietly tries to process her child’s declaration. She waits for the immediate flood of  unspoken questions, thoughts, panic and concern crowding into her brain to settle down. She waits for the perfect … Continue reading

You’re Not Alone

There are times in our life when we are going to feel completely and utterly alone. I have endured these. Some have only lasted a moment, or a day. Other experiences have lasted over a long extended period of time. These feelings are painful, frightening, and often seem overwhelming. If ever you are feeling lonliness, hopelessness, or fear, I want … Continue reading

New Choir Videos

New Choir Videos

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has released an official video press kit that includes over 30 informational segments which I am positive you will enjoy watching. – SEE LINKS Continue reading