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A ” Beautiful” Commercial

November 19th, 2012 No comments

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The Law of Tithing – Part Five

June 7th, 2010 No comments

Sovereignty of God

We do not rob God by withholding our gift, in the sense that we deprive him of the substance of earth. He always has that substance, never relinquishing it. But we do rob him of the satisfaction and joy that he must feel when his children respond to his mandate and open their hearts in giving and in worship. Someone has said, “God never gives a quit-claim deed, he only grants a leasehold estate, and he who receives the lease must ever return the rental.”

Elder Stephen L. Richards

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Practice May 13, 2010

May 14th, 2010 No comments

We had a really nice practice last night. At the beginning, right at eight, only Gigi and I were there, but soon others began to show. Finally we had 16 in attendance.

Our first number was Master, The Tempest is Raging. We know this song and and have performed it before so it’s lots of fun to sing. Usually Shelly accompanies this one and as she was not in attendance it made it more difficult for Gigi as well. As we are singing this one in meeting on Sunday, I thought is would be good to come back to this one again later in the practice.

Next we went over On This Day of Joy and Gladness. This is a nice arrangement and needs more work than some of the others. This is arranged by Ashley Hall. In the beginning, some of the choir didn’t care for this arrangement, but as we continue to learn it better it kind of grows on you. This one has a rather difficult accompaniment in some places, but when it all comes together, it will be very nice. There is also a flute accompaniment that I’ll need to take care of this week. Someone remind me, okay?

Secret Prayer opened the second half of our practice. This is just a delightful number and the choir enjoys singing it. We worked on coming in together following a fermata ( : a prolongation at the discretion of the performer of a musical note, chord, or rest beyond its given time value; also : the sign ·̑ denoting such a prolongation —called also hold). It sounds very nice. Of course, it’s a Craig Petrie arrangement and the choir loves to sing it.

We should have worked on Praise to the Man but I opted to return to Master, the Tempest is Raging for a couple more times through it. It’s a great song. So… tonight we had kind of a Petrie night.

We will meet on Sunday at 12:30 to go over this number a time or two before meeting. I’m looking forward it it.

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Give to Live

March 23rd, 2010 No comments

Give To Live

Delivered By: Lloyd D. Newell

Every Tuesday for months, writer Mitch Albom met with his old professor Morrie Schwartz to talk about life. Morrie was dying, but he taught his former student profound lessons in living. Considering his physical condition, Morrie could have easily accepted pity, but he didn’t. “Why would I ever take like that?” he said. “Taking only makes me feel like I’m dying. Giving makes me feel like I’m living.”¹

It may sound ironic, but it’s true. The people who seem to get the most out of life are those who aren’t focused on getting it all. They give, and they find that giving sweetens and enriches their lives.

Indeed, we live by giving. We each have something to give. And it doesn’t have to be something grand; it just needs to come from the heart. It may be our time, our interest or concern, or resources, our skills, or our talents. It could be the willingness to listen, the patience to truly understand, the selflessness to think of others before ourselves. A smile and a sincere word of praise may be worth more than gold to one who is discouraged. An extended hand of friendship and an offer to help may be just what’s needed to get someone through the day. Unlike the material gifts that wear down and run out, these more precious gifts are inexhaustible. In fact, the miracle is that the more we give such gifts, the more we have to give.

Think of those you know who freely give. Their generosity sometimes makes them busy, and yet they always seem to have time for you. They’re interested in you. They make efforts to lift your spirits and encourage you, even when they’re carrying burdens that may be heavier than your own. They generously share their wisdom, experience, and life lessons. Because they are willing to give, they live. And in a sense, they and their gifts will live forever.

1. In Joseph M. Dougherty, “Feel most alive by giving, author Albom says at WSU,” Deseret Morning News, Mar. 29, 2007, B5.

Program #4200

Musical Selection:
1. Laudate nomen
2. Tis Winter Now
3. A Song of Praise
4. Spitfire Prelude (organ solo)
5. Spoken Word
6. Have I Done Any Good?
7. Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?
8. From All that Dwell Below the Skies

Real Estate Downfall

March 28th, 2009 No comments
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What Happened Today in Music? March 20th

March 20th, 2009 No comments

March 20, 1935 – “Your Hit Parade” made its debut on radio

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Il Divo .. Amazing Grace

March 13th, 2009 2 comments
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Many thanks to the Kemps for sending me this link.  Il Divo is a wonderful ensemble originally put together by Simon Cowell (American Idol producer and judge) who, like American Idol, found these four really talented solo singers and formed them into a group.  You can learn more about Il Divo at their website:

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