November is a month to express gratitude, and this week’s Mormon Mentions is full of thanks. Donny Osmond expressed gratitude for his family, David Archuleta posted multiple Instagram posts of thanks for the producers/songwriters on his new album and Sister Sharon Eubank, counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, highlighted the work of a child development specialist for UNICEF. Several LDS YouTubers also showed their appreciation for God by singing hymns.
“What happens when you put 112 Osmonds on a plane?” Donny Osmond asked in a post on Thursday. The post showed a 10-year-old video of a massive pillow fight on an airplane. Donny explained that the footage was from the Osmonds’ appearance on “Oprah,” just days after his father, George Osmond, passed away. Earlier in the week, Donny shared a picture of him and his father with the caption, “My father passed away 10 yrs ago today. His influence continues to bless my life & remind me of what matters most — faith, family & hard work.”
David Archuleta recently released a new album, and over the past week he has posted personal thank-you's for the songwriters and producers who helped work on his album.
In the case of one writer, Trent Dabbs, Archuleta explained that as he recalls, Dabbs was the first writer he worked with upon returning from his mission and one of the writers who helped him see that he could continue to make God a part of his music.
“When I wanted to quit on music to stay away from a place that left me feeling so empty before, speaking with Trent and Jamie helped me realize God could be a part of every moment and everything that I did, and there were people like them I could team up with to make it happen,” Archuleta wrote. “Working with Trent was the beginning of me finding that I could be heard speaking up about what mattered most to me, and that my own voice was important. Thanks Trent for being a positive influence in this journey I've been on the past few years! Thanks for listening to how important spirituality and God being a part of everything I do is to me, and helping me find a way to express that in music.”
The wonderful @trentdabbs . So here's the story with him: Trent took part in writing 3 songs on the new album with me: "Say Me," "Other Things in Sight," and "Numb." If I'm not mistaken, Trent may have been the first person I met with in Nashville to start writing when I got back from my mission. That first day we met the idea for "Say Me" came about. We needed a little extra inspiration after we had the first verse, and so called up writer/producer Jeremy Bose and went over to his studio to finish the song. The same trio for "Say Me" brought the throwback groovin' "Other Things in Sight." Speaking to Trent that first day helped me realize I could speak about how important my mission was and to keep that change in me incorporated in my life and keep it going. The most pivotal writing moment I've had so far was probably with Trent and producer/writer @jskenney writing "Numb" where I realized I could incorporate those changes not only into my personal life, but into my music. When I wanted to quit on music to stay away from a place that left me feeling so empty before, speaking with Trent and Jamie helped me realize God could be a part of every moment and everything that I did, and there were people like them I could team up with to make it happen. Working with Trent was the beginning of me finding that I could be heard speaking up about what mattered most to me, and that my own voice was important. Thanks Trent for being a positive influence in this journey I've been on the past few years! Thanks for listening to how important spirituality and God being a part of everything I do is to me, and helping me find a way to express that in music. #storytime #postcardsinthesky #songwriting #trentdabbs
BYU a cappella group Noteworthy teamed up with the BYU Women’s Chorus to cover “When You Believe” from the movie “Prince of Egypt.” The song is included on Noteworthy’s new album, “How Sweet the Sound.”
Camille Nelson showed gratitude for her talents on two instruments, the guitar and the violin, by sharing them in a new video filmed in Provo Canyon.
Monica Scott also released a piano medley of hymns expressing thanks to the Lord.
Sister Sharon Eubank shared a video clip from a trip to East Africa and offered her sincere thanks for a woman named Emmi who works as a child development specialist for UNICEF. Emmi is from Finland where Sister Eubank served her mission, so the video shows the two communicating in Finnish.
In a Facebook post, Elder Dallin H. Oaks shared his personal experience with life’s twists and turns.
“Do not rely on planning every event of your life — even every important event,” Elder Oaks said. “Stand ready to accept the Lord’s planning and the agency of others in matters that inevitably affect you. Plan, of course, but fix your planning on personal commitments that will carry you through no matter what happens. Anchor your life to eternal principles, and act upon those principles whatever the circumstances and whatever the actions of others. Then you can await the Lord’s timing and be sure of the outcome in eternity.”