Here we are, on the final countdown in hours and minutes to Christmas! Despite my best intentions, It’s been way too long since I’ve been able to post. However, there are so many exciting worthwhile things to share! I’ve reached a point in my life when there are starting to be a lot of milestones. I think looking back and acknowledging all we’ve come through is a wonderful exercise in appreciating our blessings, and it gives us hope for our future.
Here are a few of my “Christmas milestones”:
Last week I performed my eleventh Christmas Concert as a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It’s completely mind-blowing!! How could that many Christmases really have happened? And yet, it is true. I joined in January 2008, and my first concert with Brian “Stokes” Mitchell that year was a thrill. I’ve had the amazing opportunity to perform with some of the world’s greatest artists (full list here).
My eleventh Christmas Concert is one of my new very favorites! The bubbly, darling, powerhouse Kristin Chenoweth gave a knock-out performance. The full show will release on PBS during Christmas 2019, but here is a sneak peek!
We are celebrating twenty-nine years of marriage this month. I wrote about it here.
And, I posted a summarized version on my Instagram.
That’s how many months this blog has been running, day in and day out (a total of 11 years plus 1 month). And this week, we officially launched our new name!
You may now reach us via www.LatterdaySoprano.com (and yes, the Mormon Soprano URL will still work & forward you).
This name change is in keeping with a request this year by our prophet, President Russell M. Nelson to make a name correction in reference to our church and church members
“The name of the Church is not negotiable, because the Lord has told us what His Church shall be called. So, we’re not changing names. We’re correcting a name—that’s important to note.”
– refraining from using the nickname “Mormon” we will be emphasizing the correct name of our organization The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are Jesus Christ’s church in the Latter-days (modern age), and members are correctly referred to as “Latter-day Saints.”
“Mormon was a man. He was a prophet; he was a writer, a record-keeper. We honor him and treasure the book that bears his name. But we’re talking about the name of the Church….I think Mormon would be very embarrassed if he knew people were calling it the Mormon Church.”
I hope you all have the most wonderful, peaceful, joyful Christmas this week. My wish for you is to feel the beautiful spirit of peace and love that radiates from the little babe in Bethlehem – our true reason for the season.
Enjoy this new music video from the Tabernacle Choir, starring Kevin Sorbo