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Published: Sunday, Sept. 11 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

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JRJ
Pocatello, ID

It is such a joy to hear the Choir sing. They brought hope and comfort 10 years ago, today they will do it again with the voices of angels.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

That it was the indelible imprint left of the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001, it was a most remarkable concert performed by the Tabernacle Choir and presided over by President Gordon B. Hinckley and his counselors in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Where were they today, on 9/11/2011?.

Was there another remarkable concert performed by the Tabernacle Choir ?.

I don't know, I'm home-bound, and was not there.

Chickenchaser
Centralia, WA

Just sent an e-Mail to our grandchildren, none of whom, at this point anyway, will ever have to don a uniform which somehow includes their fathers. But I pointed out that each generation seems destined to be faced with some "remember the . . ." event, and that though Pearl Harbor is many years behind us it was the most convulsive event in human history.

Today's challenges are as immense as any in history. Survival lies only in Christ
and the strength he shuttles through our minds, hearts and veins. Take your kids to concerts, especially those on Temple Square, and shut the gadgets off. They have nothing to do with salvation or promoting family solidarity. IBIC

suzyk#1
Mount Pleasant, UT

To: Brother Chuck Schroeder - Yes, the Choir sang today on BYU - it was absolutely heart rendering,it brought many chills and tears. They showed views of the towers, the flag - it was done very tenderly and with such good taste, just like they always do. I'm sorry you missed it.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Re: suzyk#1 - 12:29 p.m. Sept. 11, 2011
Mount Pleasant, UT
To: Brother Chuck Schroeder - Yes, the Choir sang today on BYU - it was absolutely heart rendering,it brought many chills and tears. They showed views of the towers, the flag - it was done very tenderly and with such good taste, just like they always do. I'm sorry you missed it.

Reply: Thank you for the update. My wife went to our Ward today, the american flag I bought for our Ward, that flew over our Nation Capital, was still tucked in a drawer, never went on our high priced special flag poll there, not one word was said about 9-11, out troops or Veteran's, not one song was sung that was about America the Beautiful etc, everyone acted as if it never happened. No one cared. That upset my wife. Myself also. We thought, on the big screen there they would have on it, before the first block started, another remarkable concert performed by the Tabernacle Choir. It makes me sad, that every Ward is to being the same thing around the world, and they don't. Thanks again. At least someone cares.

ulvegaard
Medical Lake, Washington

Nothing was said about it in our ward either -- we had a regional conference and maybe the choir concert was mentioned (dealing with two little girls). I don't think people were ignoring the day - we just get caught up in "today" and worrying that our speakers show up, that there is music for the meeting. I know, its not a good excuse, sometimes it just happens and no offense was intended.

We were told today (regional conference broadcast) that in the ever growing turmoil, we need to make sure that our homes are havens of peace, where the spirit can reside and we have the protection of the gospel, our covenants, the spirit and the priesthood.

I wish all a wonderful day and a future full of hope in spite of worldly chaos.

John Jackson
Sandy, UT

Sounds like that 9-11-01 concert was one of the most touching and memorable the Choir has ever given. Would have been a blessing to be there. Thanks, Jerry Borrowman, for the account.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Re: suzyk#1 - 12:29 p.m.
To: Brother Chuck Schroeder - Yes, the Choir sang today on BYU.....

Reply: Thanks. When will our "keeper of the flock" get with the program?. In our ward today, we had no Patriotic Songs, such as America the Beautiful, America, My Country 'Tis of Thee etc. being sung, the flag I bought that few over the National Capital was stuffed into some drawer where-ever and never flew, as if it were just a red, white and blue piece of cloth and our troops were never talked about, veterans either, and not one time was 9-11 brought up. In our lifetime it turned out to be one of the most un-spiritual and un-Patriotic day that was not remembered. There was "NOT" a most remarkable concert performed by the Tabernacle Choir on the big screen tv before the first block started either. It makes me sad, that every Ward in the world it is to be the same thing around the world, and they don't do it, just ignore the people that protect them and give them the freedom to go to that "meeting hall". (ie: Church).

That's what bugs us.

dotp
POTEAU, OK

We were in Stake Conference today and I am happy to say, our Stake President DID mention the tragic events of 10 years ago and reminded us that we need to stay vigilant and obedient. Our hymns were not of a "patriotic" nature, but they WERE thought-provoking. Opening: Rejoice! The Lord Is King; Intermediate: Press Forward, Saints; Closing: Lord, I Would Follow Thee. In light of all that has happened in the last 10 years, these were appropriate for the occasion. I DO wish we had sung at least ONE patriotic hymn, but I'm sure whoever selected the hymns for the program chose according to the Spirit and that is what is RIGHT. I don't think anyone is ignoring those who protect our freedoms -- at least not in our Stake and certainly not in the church in general. It's just that there are times and places for these things and perhaps that meeting wasn't the time or the place in their opinion. As our leaders strive to be in tune with the Spirit, I have to believe the Spirit makes the final decision.

Lindy-Lou
San Antonio, TX

My husband and I are serving a full time mission as military specialists at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. I choose the music and edit the branch bulletin every week. For today I put a photo of the burning towers on the front of the bulletin with the words: "In memoriam: September 11, 2001-2011." As I chose the photo, I wondered if there were other bulletin editors in the church who chose to do the same, or to show commemoration of some sort. I'm thinking . . . probably not.

ADW
Herriman, UT

Even though 9/11 is not discussed in Church meetings does mot mean that you cannot revere the day personally. I did. I watched the coir program, watched tv programs that dealt with 9/11 and I prayed for the victims and those who are now defending our freedoms. For me a special day is not meeded. I am grateful each day for this nation and those defending it. I love America and what she stands for in this increasing dangerous world.

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

I don't think it is important whether a Branch, Ward, Stake Conference or Regional Conference mentioned the events 10 years ago. It just shows that some have moved on and have other pressing needs. Remember it is for the flock as a whole. Our Branch had talks on Missionary Service and provident living. There was no mention of the events 10 years ago but the Spirit was present. That is the most important thing in all of it. To bring the spirit to life. I did my own reflecting on 10 years ago. I feel that is the best way to do it.

If one wants to reflect on the horrors of 10 years ago all you had to do was watch normal television. You had it all from local news to national news. Lets learn from our history and not make the same mistakes, but as President Hinkley said, "Don't live in the past and forget to live for today."

By the way I did mention the fact to our Branch President and he felt a little guilty of not mentioning it but I told him it was okay. It wasn't necessary. We don't worship the flag.

welcomethemall
Nampa, ID

The Choir's presentation gave us a great opportunity to have a conversation with our children about that day.

It is a blessing to have the Choir. What a tool for teaching peace, love and hope.

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