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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

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 16: Getting To Know Van Gogh

Day 16: Getting To Know Van Gogh

Tuesday July 12, 2016 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour Journal ~ Welcome to Amsterdam! We arrived by bus from Brussels to Amsterdam at 2:00 am. Our hotel is located on a very narrow cobblestone street and our tour bus drivers had to do some fancy maneuvers getting us to the door. But, they … Continue reading

Day 14: Keeping Our Sabbath In Frankfurt

Day 14: Keeping Our Sabbath In Frankfurt

Sunday July 10, 2016 – Frankfurt, Germany – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour ~ Have we really been a whole two weeks already in Europe?! Last Sunday we were in Vienna, providing a memorable performance in the famed Musikverein’s Goldener Hall, with all proceeds given to charity. This Sunday we will truly “rest from our labors” and … Continue reading

Day 13: Jahrhunderthalle

Day 13: Jahrhunderthalle

Saturday July 9, 2016 – Frankfurt, Germany – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour ~ The most important and exciting thing about this day is our CONCERT tonight, at a place called the Jahrhunderthalle [The Hundred Year Hall]. #1. I just love saying that word Jahrhunderthalle! It sounds so epic –  like something straight out of Wagner’s … Continue reading

Day 10: Zurich Surprises

Day 10: Zurich Surprises

Wednesday July 6, 2016 – Zurich, Switzerland- Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour ~ Today marks the half-way point of our whirlwind tour. It’s hard to believe how fast it seems to be going by. I don’t want it to end yet, so I’m relieved we still have many more adventures ahead. Best of all, we still have 4 more Concerts – and tonight … Continue reading

Day 8: At Home In Munich

Day 8: At Home In Munich

Monday, July 4, 2016 – Munich, Germany – MoTab European Tour Journal ~  Authors Note: I am heartbroken and shocked that this pre-written story will publish on a day following a tragic shooting event in my beloved München. I have shed many tears. I offer my love and fervent prayers to all of my dear Münchner. May you feel loved, and find Peace and Healing! … Continue reading

Day 6: Come To My Garten

Day 6: Come To My Garten

Saturday July 2, 2016 – Munich, Germany – MoTab European Tour Journal Today was a “Rest and Recovery Day” for the Choir and Orchestra tour group. Our itinerary soberly reminds us that this will be our “most important rest day of the entire tour.” Mr. Mo and I had no desire to be anywhere near … Continue reading

Day 5: From Nuremberg With Love

Day 5: From Nuremberg With Love

Friday July 1, 2016 Nuremberg, Germany – MoTab European Tour Journal This morning we had a wonderful buffet breakfast at our hotel. We are still learning to pace ourselves with all the food and not feel like we have to ‘try it all.’ This hotel has an incredible selection of breakfast items – both European and … Continue reading

Elaine’s Heavenly Homecoming

Elaine’s Heavenly Homecoming

On Tuesday June 21, 2016 my sweet mother-in-law Elaine passed away. She was 83 years young. It is hard to say goodbye. Her loss is fresh. Our family is grieving individually. But, collectively we are also celebrating her wonderful life, and enjoying all of the treasured memories that she gave us. Continue reading

The Foundation Will Be Deeper

The Foundation Will Be Deeper

The house made more progress yesterday! After getting its footings poured last weekend. It was then prepped just a few days later with large metal boards called forms or “frames”. We arrived later in the evening in time to see 7 men working diligently to get our entire basement framed. The following day my Dad … Continue reading

Bountiful Angel 2.0 Surprise!

Bountiful Angel 2.0 Surprise!

About a week ago [the afternoon of Sunday May 22, 2016 to be exact] the golden angel Moroni statue atop the Bountiful Utah Temple was struck by lighting. It was very dramatic! Our home is less than quarter mile away and we saw the bright flash of light and felt the BOOM shake our house. At the … Continue reading

Easter Thursday: In Remembrance

Easter Thursday: In Remembrance

Today is often known as “Maundy Thursday,” derived from the Latin “mandatum,” which means “commandment.” It refers to when Jesus, in the Upper Room during the Last Super, said to the disciples: “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John … Continue reading

Easter Tuesday: Watch and Prepare

Easter Tuesday: Watch and Prepare

Today we commemorate Jesus’ presence in Jerusalem two days after his triumphal entry on Palm Sunday, and the Cleansing of the Temple on Monday. During this time period Jesus focused teaching important final lessons, including several beloved and powerful parables that have endured through the centuries. Jesus continued to visit the temple each day, and on this day he … Continue reading