New Director

January 30th, 2011 No comments

Judy is our NEW DIRECTOR! Congratulations and much success in your leading this great choir. I know that you have the skills and the charisma to do this. I wish you luck and want you to know that anything I can do to help you, just ask.

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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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Please Turn In This Music

December 23rd, 2010 No comments

You won’t be needing the following music in your folder for this year. Please remove them and have them ready to turn in during next practice:

Redeemer of Israel
I Stand All Amazed
I Am a Child of God (Hall)
On This Day of Joy and Gladness (Hall)
If the Savior Stood Beside Me
America the Beautiful
Sweet Hour of Prayer
Hallelujah (Beethoven)
Hallelujah (Handel)
Love at Home (Hall)
Teach Me to Walk in the Light

Please take the following and put them in the back of your book
Choose the Right – Petrie
Did You Think to Pray – Petrie

I will have this year’s music for you at practice on Thursday

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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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In the Spirit of Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2010 No comments

Random people on the streets of New York City share a variety of grateful responses to one simple question: What are you thankful for? From Mormon Messages

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Jonas is in Heaven

November 19th, 2010 No comments

My heart is breaking from the news I received this morning that little Jonas passed away last night. He had a wonderful Make A Wish trip to California last week, where he had a great time with his family. Upon returning home, he began struggling with his oxygen levels and was unable to maintain them. On Thursday night, he passed away peacefully with his loved ones surrounding him.

Thank you all so much for your gift of love and service these past months. It is a gift that will live in their hearts forever as they remember what love can do for a community. Jonas brought us together and allowed us to experience the joy of service, to know the feeling of working together on a common goal, and to witness in a very special way the love of our Heavenly Father as He poured out so many miracles upon us. We have all been blessed.

Jonas’ funeral will be probably be on Monday or Tuesday of next week. I will let you know as I get details.


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Church History Today – November 14th

November 14th, 2010 No comments

Howard W. Hunter

Howard W. Hunter

November 14th 1907 – Born Howard W. Hunter – 14th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Church History Today – November 13th

November 13th, 2010 No comments

November 13, 1838 – Born Joseph F. Smith – 6th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Joseph F. Smith

Joseph F. Smith

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Church History Today – November 1st

November 1st, 2010 No comments

John Taylor

Today, November 1st, is the anniversary of the birth of John Taylor, born in 1808. He was the third President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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