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Sing Hallelujah! MoTab’s Sunday Film Shoot

Sing Hallelujah! MoTab’s Sunday Film Shoot

March 1st, 2016 is fast approaching! I hope you are planning to add your voice by then to the Largest Virtual Hallelujah Chorus with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir! Yesterday the Choir was involved in a high tech filming shoot.  I was participating for about 3 hours, but it lasted collectively well over 7 hours and involved hundreds of … Continue reading

Surviving The Inversion And A Treadmill

Surviving The Inversion And A Treadmill

Here on the western side of the Rocky Mountains we may not be socked-in with as much snow as the East Coast, but we are “buried” in our own version of winter blues. The dreaded “Inversion” [lung-crushing-toxic-smog] is once again trapped in our mountain-locked valleys due to inverted temperatures. Northern Utah has a major air quality problem in the winter. It is often more unhealthy to … Continue reading

Viral Video of Blizzard 2016 Captures Mormon Message

Viral Video of Blizzard 2016 Captures Mormon Message

I couldn’t help watching the viral video “Snowboarding with the NYPD” more than once. It’s not only entertaining to see the post apocalyptic snow-packed streets of New York City being turned into an epic sporting event, but there’s also a great slow-mo moment capturing the Mormon.org “A Savior Is Born“ Times Square billboards in the background! The tagline “Joy … Continue reading

I Believe In Becca

I Believe In Becca

As soon as you see her smile, you’ll never forget Rebecca Goeckeritz. Her smile is a reflection of her soul, which is like all the pure light in heaven packed into one tiny woman shining out to the world. Becca has been lighting up every room, and warming up every heart for about thirty-three years now, and I’ve been … Continue reading

Happy Three Kings Day!

Happy Three Kings Day!

Today (Jan 6th) is an exciting day in the eyes of millions of children around the world who celebrate Three Kings Day. This is also known as the 12th Day of Christmas (of ’12 drummers drumming’ fame), Twelfth Night (of Shakespeare fame),  and Epiphany. Although Three Kings Day is not a common tradition celebrated here in the USA … Continue reading

“O Holy Night” – Garth Smith

“O Holy Night” – Garth Smith

Pianist Garth Smith gained popularity among music lovers for his sensitive and moving original arrangements of LDS hymns. He now shares his signature style with the Christmas classic “O Holy Night” in his lovely new music video. We see Smith performing in a beautifully decorated home, interspersed with magnificent still pictures from the video production “The Nativity” – retelling the birth story … Continue reading

“O Come, All Ye Faithful” – Christmas Video

“O Come, All Ye Faithful” – Christmas Video

“We all have our own journey of faith to make… and it should be celebrated” say the founders of FaithCounts who encourage people of all denominations “to look inward and reflect on the value of faith in [your] own [life] this holiday season.” As a celebration of faith, two A’cappella groups – Vocal Point and BYU Noteworthy – have … Continue reading

Christmas Devo 2015 Recap – Powered By Music

Christmas Devo 2015 Recap – Powered By Music

Last night was the annual First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional – or, #ChristmasDevo. I was blessed to be able to participate in the singing for this event. It was a very long day, filled with music, messages of hope and sore feet. And it was worth every minute. Here is my recap and a few of my thoughts. Isaiah 9:6 … Continue reading

Christmas In Prison

Christmas In Prison

Over twenty-one centuries ago a baby was born in a remote corner of the world. Conditions were unsanitary at best. The babe was homeless and born into poverty. And yet, we commemorate that birth every year with a special holiday called Christmas. Have you ever wondered, in this modern world of complex issues and tragedy, if this celebration is even relevant anymore? … Continue reading

Eight Is Great

Eight Is Great

Today I’m celebrating my WordPress birth-iversary! MormonSoprano.com celebrates eight years of “life” in the world wide web, and it also commemorates another important life event with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Continue reading

Brigham Young: Bless Those That Sing

Brigham Young: Bless Those That Sing

The Salt Lake Tabernacle was not dedicated until 1875, but it was first used in the October 1867 conference. A transcription of that meeting’s remarks by President Brigham Young was recently transcribed and made available. Imagine my excitement! A chance to read the first words ever given over the pulpit in the beloved Tabernacle – a building that not only means … Continue reading

Spiritual Exercise For Perfection

Spiritual Exercise For Perfection

I was inspired by Elder Larry R. Lawrence’s talk in the October 2015 General Conference. He spoke about an elevated version of self improvement, inviting the Holy Ghost to give us personalized guidance as we follow the Savior’s command to become “perfect.” (Matt 5:48). Elder Lawrence provided some very interesting examples, and introduced a spiritual exercise that we can do. Here’s a recap. First, we begin with the Biblical story … Continue reading