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Manuel De Los Santos

August 18th, 2011 No comments

Manuel de los Santos is one of sport’s most inspirational figures. Growing up in the Dominican Republic, he played baseball from a young age and by 2003 was planning to turn professional. But a motorcycle accident changed his life forever when he lost his left leg above the knee.

Following this accident, he moved to France and on seeing the film, ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’, he was inspired to take up golf. Now 26 years old, Manuel lives in Paris and plays to a handicap of just three, competing in high profile tournaments all around the world. His extraordinary golf swing has become instantly recognizable.

Peter Montgomery read about Manuel at the end of 2009 and had the idea of making a film about him. This short documentary portrait is the result.

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I Knew This Would Happen Someday

January 16th, 2011 No comments

Dear Choir Members,

As you know, I was released today after nearly eight years as the Valley View Seventh Ward Choir director. I can honestly say that it has really been a wonderful assignment and I have loved nearly every minute. Of course, I worried a bit when people don’t come and I worried a bit when we needed to perform and that number is not quite as good as I thought it should be.

I worried a bit when there was a radically different group at choir practice this week than there was just a week ago.

I worried a bit when the choir stood to sing and I noticed a few brave souls that had NEVER practiced the song we about to perform or, even worse, had never even been to practice.

I worried a bit, but it all seemed to just work out.

There have been some really wonderful times for me. I remember our choir parties at the Moench’s cabin and double practices before our Christmas Program. I remember one week when we performed a number that we had neither warmed up for nor practiced prior to the performance. It was wonderful and I don’t think that anyone (except us) noticed. Yes, you are that good!

I have been blessed with your association and your undamped willingness to be a member of this ‘volunteer’ organization. I have been blessed to find such amazing music to work with and that you, as a choir, have taken on the challenge of learning more difficult and involved pieces. Remember how difficult we thought Master, The Tempest Is Raging was? I think back on that and listen to you sing that and it continues to really thrill me. What about I Need Thee Every Hour, Did You Think to Pray?,and especially Praise to the Man!? Not only did members of the congregation enjoy and comment on our performances, but even the children did. I remember when a 12-year old stopped me after meeting (we’d sung Master, The Tempest Is Raging) and told me that was the neatest song he’d ever heard.

I have appreciated you contacting me when you were not going to be at choir and dropping me little notes telling me you liked something or didn’t like something else. Mostly, I have appreciated your friendship and support. You have made me feel like the greatest choir director in the world and I simply could not love you more than I do.

I don’t know who will replace me. I hope that you will support whoever it is (I know you will) and as my new assignment allows, I’d like to come and sing with the choir again.

Sincere thanks and much much love,


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Today’s Thought

December 3rd, 2010 No comments

We all enjoy giving and receiving presents. But there is a difference between presents and gifts. The true gifts may be part of ourselves– giving of the riches of the heart and mind — and therefore more enduring and of far greater worth than presents bought at the store.

-Pres. James Faust

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Thanksgiving Daily

November 25th, 2010 No comments

We should live in Thanksgiving Daily!

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We’re a lot alike!

October 17th, 2010 No comments

When it comes right down to it, people are quite similar. We may come from different backgrounds, cultures, and economic circumstances, and our attitudes and perspectives may vary; But in the heart – where it really counts – we’re a lot alike.
Elder Melvin J. Ballard, Our Search For Happiness pg 2

Today’s Thought

September 12th, 2010 No comments

The waste of money cures itself, for soon there is no money to waste.
– M. W. Harrison

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Inscription on the Statue of Liberty

September 5th, 2010 No comments

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land,
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips, “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

This tablet, with her Sonnet to the Bartholdi Statue
of Liberty engraved upon it, is placed upon these walls
in loving memory of
Emma Lazarus
born in New York City, July 22, 1849
Died November 18, 1887

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The Law of Tithing – Part Seventeen

August 30th, 2010 No comments


We consecrate our lives in this Church to the advancement of the cause of god. there is no higher evidence of that consecration than this giving which has been enjoined upon us by the Lord.

“The gift without the giver is bare; Who gives himself with his alms feed three, – Himself, his hungering neighbor, and me” (Lowell, The Vision of Sir Launfal, as quoted in Thesaurus of Quotations [New York: Crown Publishers, 1941], p. 417).

So the law of tithing is the epitome of the gospel, It is genuine worship and true recognition of the sovereignty of god. It is real consecration, the giving of the muscle and energy of life to the cause, and it begets the abundant life of love and service for which Christ came. It is a measurement of true religion. By the extent of its observance every man may determine for himself the vitality of his own faith and love of God. A prophet has said, “The tenth shall be holy unto the Lord” (Leviticus 27:32). It will be holy unto you, men and women of Israel, if you give it lovingly, joyfully, willingly, to the great cause.

God help us so to do, I ask in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Elder Stephen L. Richards

Former Counselor in the First Presidency and former member of the Council of the Twleve

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Another Very Nice Video: The Butterfly Circus

August 29th, 2010 No comments

I like these sorts of things… a good message.

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Epitaph to a Newfoundland Dog

August 29th, 2010 No comments

Near this spot

Are deposited the Remains of one

Who possessed Beauty without Vanity,

Strength without Insolence,

Courage without Ferocity,

And all the Virtues of Man, without his Vices.

This Praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery

If inscribed over human ashes,

Is but a just Tribute to the Memory of


Who was born at Newfoundland, May, 1803,

And died at Newstead Abbey, Nov. 18, 1808.

– Lord Byron

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