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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

PONDERIZE: New Covenant, New Heart!

PONDERIZE: New Covenant, New Heart!

In ‪LDS General Conference we were invited to “Ponderize” (80% ponder + 20% memorize) a different verse of scripture each week! Elder Devin G. Durrant, challenged us to do this for at least 4 weeks in a row. He also asked us to imagine ourselves doing it for a year, two years, five years… even Continue reading

Uchtdorf’s Parable of the Quilt

Uchtdorf’s Parable of the Quilt

CONFERENCE WAS AWESOME!! One of my many favorite stories from the October 2015 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was shared in the Saturday Oct. 3rd morning session by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency. I’m calling it the Parable of the Quilt: Continue reading

Women’s Conference Was Twitterific

Women’s Conference Was Twitterific

On Saturday September 26, 2015  the fall General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially began with General Women’s Session held bi-annually for all women and girls age 8 and up. As circumstances would have it, I could not attend the meeting nor tune in via radio or live streaming. I was in a very … Continue reading

Conference: It’s All About The Feels!

Conference: It’s All About The Feels!

HOORAY!! It’s that great time of year once again for General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! It’s happening this weekend, and it’s going to be epic! Last night the Choir rehearsed all of our songs for the weekend in the Conference Center. Just in case you are interested, we’ve learned 17 songs for three … Continue reading

Hurry Up, Conference!

Hurry Up, Conference!

As I was sitting down to write my thoughts today about General Conference [headed our way this week!] I read MMM’s post, and voila! He’d done all the work for me expressing pretty much exactly the SAME things. So, today I’m sharing HIS post with you. It’s a great read. I highly recommend it! Enjoy – MoSop … Continue reading

Nine Eleven – Where Do We Go From Here?

Nine Eleven – Where Do We Go From Here?

Today marks 14 years since our world as we knew it was turned upside down. It’s impossible to fully describe the impact – globally, nationally or personally – of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 – “9/11.” None of us living through that time will ever forget where we were when we heard the news and … Continue reading

Thank You Kathie Lee

Thank You Kathie Lee

Other than television personality Glen Beck, I don’t recall the last time I’ve heard a popular media star bear their testimony on prime time television of the divinity of Christ, the blessings of the Bible, the value of church attendance, building family bonds, and the importance of faith. But, this week Kathie Lee Gifford – famous for her decades of talk show presence – did … Continue reading

Mormon Tabernacle Choir History In Europe

Mormon Tabernacle Choir History In Europe

Since Thursday night’s exciting Tour announcement I’ve been doing a lot of “Googling”. I’ve read websites about the artistic and historical significance of the countries and cities the Choir will be visiting. I’ve read about the history of the LDS church presence in those cities, the LDS temples in close proximity, and other significant historical events and sites within the … Continue reading

Pioneer Principles: Your Heritage

Pioneer Principles: Your Heritage

July 24 is a very significant date in both Mormon and Utah state history. On Saturday July 24, 1847 – after nearly 17 months, and hundreds of miles of weary wagon travel – Brigham Young led an “advance party” of 148 pioneers into Utah’s Valley of the Great Salt Lake. They sought a sanctuary where their people could live in peace, … Continue reading

Singing A Fond Farewell To Elder Perry

Singing A Fond Farewell To Elder Perry

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang four beautiful musical selections for Elder Perry’s funeral service. Each one of these songs were loved by Elder Perry and requested by his family. Each one of these songs are musical sermons and have beautiful symbolism well worth pondering. Continue reading

Elder Perry Not Of This World

Elder Perry Not Of This World

Tonight beloved LDS apostle Elder L. Tom Perry lost his brief battle with cancer. Four weeks ago it was announced he was getting treatment for cancer. Yesterday it was announced that despite treatment, his cancer had metastasized to his lungs, and he was entering hospice care. There’s been an outpouring of love and expressions of compassion and kindness online, and I also noticed … Continue reading

Mormon Prayer: Heavenly Conversation

Mormon Prayer: Heavenly Conversation

In honor of this weeks National Day of Prayer, leaders from different faiths were interviewed by The Washington Post to demonstrate how they pray. Sister Linda Otani McKinney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and leader of a local LDS Relief Society, was invited to share about Latter-day Saint/Mormon prayer. She explained how we think of prayer as “a heavenly conversation,” and outlined the four basic steps to prayer; Continue reading