What a special Commemoration in honor of all the military serving now and in the
past. I thought all through it of my Russian Linguist Army daughter who just
finished a year in Afghanistan and is stationed in Germany, and also my Marine
son who just came home for 2 weeks after finishing 2 years in Okinawa before
being stationed for a few months at Camp Pendleton and then going on to do a
year tour in Afghanistan (as well as 1 more year for my daughter in
Afghanistan). This celebration was so touching! It was 1 1/2 hrs. that just
pulled at the heartstrings! I felt that my 2 children, as well as all who served
and are currently serving are not just my heros, but the heroes of millions. I
feel so grateful for the talents of others and my heart is filled with gratitude
for these special heroes in the military!
"Was the same program broadcast to church members in other countries? Do
they all join in singing "God Bless America"?"hmmm...
Mo-Tab Brazil? lol, who knows!Either way, if you are concerned at
all about 'fairness' to other members elsewhere... I would definitely extend the
info, in case you aren't aware, that the LDS Church is VERY (understatement)
engaged in being fair in regards to other languages, peoples, countries, etc.LDS General Conferences and scriptures, magazines, etc have been
translated in who knows how many languages. Crazy levels of efforts there.-I love America, but if I felt that the only way I could
peacefully raise a family was by moving to Japan, you bet I would! - I would
miss my family, my home, my country even. I would still sing "God Bless
America" in remembrance of the good here, or times that were good.If you want to read D&C (yes, it's LDS scripture, but I'm referring only
to very political and U.S. references...) you would find many instances where
there is praise of the U.S. constitution, our country, the government, etc...
This was during a time where they were persecuted heavily.
Thanks, Bill. Too bad the programs for future broadcasts on Independence Day,
Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day have already been done. Maybe next year we
could celebrate the pioneers non-entry into 19th century wars.
To Mark B:I don't know how much you know about LDS History but after
the Saints were driven from Nauvoo, Illinois in the winter of 1847 it took until
June to get to the shores of the Missouri River. Once there a member of the
Military came and asked for 500 volunteers from the Saints in its fight against
Mexico. There were 500 volunteers along with some family members that marched
from what to day is the Iowa School of the Deaf to Los Angeles California.
There were also LDS members present in 1849 when Gold was found in California.
Since, many of the Saints had family in the eastern United States, they all
remained patriotic to the United States regardless of the anguish suffered.Even though our roots are in the United States over 1/2 of the
membership is outside of the United States. Still many know and understand the
prophesies in the Book of Mormon and by prophets of the reason behind the
formation of the United States Constitution. It is this that allowed the
restoration of the Gospel to take place here in the United States where any
other country would have been impossible.
Was the same program broadcast to church members in other countries? Do they all
join in singing "God Bless America"? There's nothing wrong with
patriotism, but its connection to the Mormon pioneers escapes me, especially
since they had to LEAVE the USA in order to be left alone. I guess I'm confused.
I, seriously, did not realize how much I love my country (even after living
abroad for years) until I was blessed to attend this performance! Kudos to
everyone who had any part of making it such a glorious production!
We were there last night...fantastic! Thanks to everyone who made this a truly
special event!The professionalism of the entire MTC is beyond
description. Truly the crown jewel of the Church.The arrangements by
Mack Wilberg are nothing short of genius...if you're not aware of his musical
arrangement talents--make it a point to become so--he is truly a gift to our
generation who will trascend time.I've never felt more proud of my
pioneer heritage and been so grateful for those who have/are/will defend/ing/ed
A truly wonderful column on my favourite choir! I wonder if the two guests will
grace this week's "Music and the Spoken Word" broadcast. I have
enjoyed their talents on previous broadcasts.
Music is one of the ways we can express a powerful testimony and communicate
with our Father in Heaven.I am always happy to see the good that
comes of this magnificent choir and devoted individuals.They
contribute so much to such a glorious work.