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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 17.1: Amsterdam Is For Lovers [Or Not]

Day 17.1: Amsterdam Is For Lovers [Or Not]

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Day 17 Part One – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour Journal ~ Yesterday we had an unintended late night. After our museum tours we decided to walk back to the hotel to enjoy more of the city. We discovered the Amsterdam Tulip Museum [with a store – hooray! Tulips are my favorite … Continue reading

Day 12: Roaming The Rhine To Eltz

Day 12: Roaming The Rhine To Eltz

Friday July 8, 2016 – Frankfurt and Burg Eltz, Germany – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour ~ Today’s two working titles were “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” and “Just Get Lost! [You’ll Have A Great Adventure!]”🙂 Our first adventure started at 07:00 when we decided to take a morning run to the Park. It should have been an … Continue reading

Day 7: On Holy Ground In Vienna

Day 7: On Holy Ground In Vienna

Sunday July 3, 2016 – Vienna, Austria – MoTab European Tour Journal Today is one of the longest days of our tour so far. And this is one of my longest posts. But, if you hang on for the ride I promise to share a great story, and include lots of photos! Today is the Sabbath day, so … Continue reading

Day 3: And The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Day 3: And The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Wednesday June 29, 2016 – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour – Berlin, Germany

Mr. Mo and I woke up bright and early feeling quite refreshed and ready to hit the ground running – literally. Right across the street from our hotel is the irresistible Tiergarten beckoning us to explore! 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

Adeline’s Sweet Homecoming

Adeline’s Sweet Homecoming

This morning our Sweet Adeline “Grandma Addie” – a great big soul in tiny packaging – passed peacefully away from us and into the arms of those waiting on the other side of the veil. Just seven weeks ago we celebrated her 95th Birthday. It’s not too often that someone can enjoy having their Grandma in their … 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

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

Remember Courage

Remember Courage

What does it mean to have courage? There are many wonderful examples all around us of people being courageous. I bet you can think of someone right now in your life who is exercising courage. In fact, I bet you’ve had to find and use courage, too. Continue reading

2015 Choir Retirement: God Be With You!

2015 Choir Retirement: God Be With You!

On Sunday April 19, 2015 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir bid a tearful, fond farewell to 28 family members during the annual retirement ceremony. Membership in the Choir is limited to 20 years of service, or age 60, whichever comes first. Each year that goes by for me I find the retirement ceremonies become more emotional. It’s difficult to describe just … Continue reading

Purim Festival Honors Esther and God

Purim Festival Honors Esther and God

Last night at sundown the Jewish festival of Purim began. It will extend until sunset tonight. Purim is considered one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (in late winter/early spring). This holiday commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people … Continue reading

Ye Elders Of Israel: Hymn By Cyrus Wheelock

Ye Elders Of Israel: Hymn By Cyrus Wheelock

Memorable moments during General Conference not only include testimonies borne over the pulpit but also testimonies borne through song. One special and powerful musical sermon was given during the October 2014 Conference Priesthood Session by a choir of approximately 375 young missionary Elders chosen from the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. This stirring arrangement of the Latter-day Saint hymn “Ye Elders Of … Continue reading

Remembering and Finding Peace

Remembering and Finding Peace

I don’t want to think about what happened at the Auschwitz death camp, nor any of the other horrors of the Holocaust. But, I also know the importance of never forgetting. My heart breaks into a million pieces when I read personal accounts from a rare survivor, or see a graphic black & white photo from those dark, almost … Continue reading

For Times of Trouble, Remember The Pioneers

For Times of Trouble, Remember The Pioneers

…for these people, the story has long ended. Their struggle is over, and all are safely gathered in. It is actually the rest of us who are now struggling to “pull our carts” through the hard terrain and deep snows of life, facing circumstances that we are often ill prepared to handle, wondering how we can get up and go on another day, having to dig a little deeper into our soul to find a higher purpose. . .and always praying for help to come. Will we be as brave? Continue reading

How To Do Genealogy in Just 5 Minutes

Ever feel intimidated by researching your geneology, or don’t know how you could find the time? The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah just released the first video in a fun step-by-step series to help anyone, anywhere, find info about their ancestors online … all in just “5 minutes or less”! Who knew Family Research could be so quick and easy? Check it out! Continue reading