Mormon Tabernacle Choir brings 'Wonderful World' of tribute songs

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  • Joan Leilani TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    July 26, 2011 9:30 p.m.

    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!

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    July 24, 2011 3:05 a.m.

    "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.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    July 23, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    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.

  • Bill in Nebraska Maryville, MO
    July 23, 2011 9:39 p.m.

    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.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    July 23, 2011 9:04 p.m.

    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.

  • Mrs TAP Bountiful, UT
    July 23, 2011 1:10 p.m.

    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!

  • CentralUtah Alpine, UT
    July 23, 2011 9:25 a.m.

    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 our freedoms!

  • radio_lover Toronto, Ontario
    July 23, 2011 6:18 a.m.

    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.

  • Supporting LDS Church Salt Lake City, UT
    July 23, 2011 12:32 a.m.

    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.