Merry Christmas 2007! Merry Christmas 2007!

The story this week isn't breaking news even though it's good news. In fact, old or new don't really apply—it's timeless. I hope you'll have a quiet moment to relax and listen to The Christmas Story read from the New Testament, interwoven with some of my favorite Christmas music.

Simple, short, and sweet.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

Direct download: cs-christmas2007.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:05pm MDT

"Gordon B. Hinckley - Temple Builder, Up Front and Personal," with Scot and Maurine Proctor From their unique vantage point in front-row press seats, Meridian Magazine publisher and editor-in-chief Scot and Maurine Proctor have been close up witnesses to both the man and the mission.

"Gordon B. Hinckley - Temple Builder, Up Front and Personal," is a warm and fascinating documentary-style film focused on this remarkable latter-day prophet and his urgent push to bring the temples to the people, no matter where they live.

Along with beautiful photography, the Proctors share many personal moments and stories gathered from local Latter-day Saints impacted by the presence of a new temple in their midst in countries around the globe.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...
Direct download: cs-gbhtemplebuilder.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:18pm MDT

"Everything Speaks His Name" with Jessie Clark Funk Her first CD, "Clay in His Hands," won 4 Pearl Awards and brought her to the attention of LDS listeners everywhere. "Better Than I" continued in the same vein, and now her third release, "Everything Speaks His Name" lets the strength of Jessie Clark Funk's voice sparkle in a wider variety of styles and settings than ever.

Still, as you'll hear in this interview, the themes of atonement, grace, and seeing God's hand in the world around us are constants throughout. After all, "Everything Speaks His Name."

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...


Direct download: cs-everythingspeaks.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:44am MDT

"Heaven's Not That Far" with Joshua Creek Inspirational Country? No, that's not an oxymoron, it's just the genre singer/songwriters Jeff Hinton and Quint Randle use to describe what they do when they write and perform together as the duo Joshua Creek.

In their sophomore release, they show that there is much more material to mine where "I Love You Son" and other past favorites came from.

From the opening "Sacred Ground" to the bouncy "Honey Do List" (which husbands may or may not want their wives to hear!) the themes of faith and family come through loud and clear in these touching and sometimes humorous musical observations.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...
Direct download: cs-heavensnotthatfar.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:14pm MDT

Help us create "Conference Minute"! This week: Help us create “Conference Minute? a new radio feature on-air and online.

LDS General Conference always dusts things off and leaves us motivated and ready to move ahead in our spiritual journey. Soon after, however, the dust of life can begin to settle and even our best resolves can begin to fade from memory.
President Hinckley ended the October 2007 conference with an admonition to study and discuss the talks in our homes and with our families.

To help with this, Utah's AM 820, which features LDS music 24/7 both on-air and online, will soon be presenting a "Conference Minute" several times a day, rotating through all of the speakers and presenting minute-long reminders of the wisdom and spirit available in those inspired and inspiring conference addresses. And, of course, we'll have links on the station website showing how listeners can read or hear the entire address from the official Church website.

Let’s start with a few examples -- giving first place, of course to our Prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley...

PRESIDENT HINCKLEY

PRESIDENT PACKER

JULIE B. BECK

ELDER DIETER F. UCHTDORF

So, that’s the concept for “Conference Minute? coming soon to a radio near you if you live in Utah’s AM 820 listening area, or to a computer near you if you listen online.

Why not share with us your suggestions for more “Conference Minutes??  Which talk, paragraph, or even single sentence from the recent conference affected you, touched your heart, and influenced you the most for good?

Email your thoughts to SoftSundaySounds@utaham820.com. We can't wait to hear your comments!

Direct download: cs-conferenceminute.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:22pm MDT

"Spirit" with Alex Boyé London-born singer Alex Boyé may be the only member of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir to have had a record contract as a performer in a successful pop boy band in Europe, but one thing he shares with his fellow choir members is their passion for praising the Lord in song.

With his new solo release, "Spirit," Alex shares both originals and contemporary Christian favorites with a soulful style that shows why he just won Pearl Awards for Best Contemporary Recorded Song ("Build the World") and Performing Artist of the Year from the Faith Centered Music Association.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...
Direct download: cs-alexboye.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:41am MDT

"Let's Sing About Latter-day Prophets" by Janice Kapp Perry After raising a family, writing over 1,000 songs, releasing over 60 albums of original music, serving a full-time proselyting mission in Santiago, Chile, and surviving a debilitating stroke, you might think Janice Kapp Perry would take a vacation.

Instead, she and her husband, Doug, are church service missionaries in a Spanish-speaking ward in Provo, UT, and she's just recorded her latest project for children -- "Let's Sing About Latter-day Prophets," which celebrates the Lord's latter-day leaders from Joseph Smith, Jr. to our own Gordon B. Hinckley. Each prophet is honored with a song describing their lives and missions, as well as featuring a full-color montage of each prophet's life by LDS artist and illustrator Robert Barrett.

Janice discusses researching and writing the project, her philosophy of writing for children, and more.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...
Direct download: cs-latterdayprophets.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:27pm MDT

"Wake Up to a Happier Life" with Amanda Dickson If you'd had nearly 20 different jobs in your life and liked (almost) all of them, you might be an expert --an expert on finding joy in work.

Amanda Dickson is best-known as the co-host of Utah's Morning News with Grant and Amanda on KSL radio in Salt Lake City, but she put down the microphone and picked up the pen long enough to share a wealth of information and humor on the work we choose to do at home or in the workplace, attitudes, opportunities (like getting fired), and more.

Leave it to someone who starts every morning at 3:00 AM to know how to be excited to get up tomorrow and do it all with joy.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

Direct download: cs-amandadickson.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:55am MDT

LDS Church History tour with Alan McKay This week: Part 2 of our series on LDS Travel -- featuring Morris Murdock’s 10-day LDS Church History Tour with Yours Truly and Alan McKay.

In February of this year -- 2007 -- I visited with Morris Murdock travel host extraordinaire Alan McKay at a Salt Lake City travel expo about the questions most people have regarding LDS Church History travel;  Why a group tour instead of doing it on your own?  How old do my children need to be to get the most from experience?  How heavily scheduled are the tours, and what can make this trip to sites from Palmyra to Kirtland to Independence to Nauvoo and Winter Quarters, a spiritual journey as well.

With temperatures cooling and the leaves changing, Fall is the most beautiful time to tour in the Eastern and Mid-Western US.  We’ll also have information on how you can join Alan McKay and me for a 10-day tour of LDS Church History this Fall.

That’s this week on The Cricket and Seagull...
Direct download: cs-churchhistory.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:20pm MDT

"This Is the Christ" - in memorial to James E. Faust A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO PRESIDENT JAMES E. FAUST


Today, we remember James E. Faust, member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who passed away at the age of 87 early last Friday morning.  President Faust retired from his law practice when he was called as a General Authority of the Church thirty-five years ago and immediately introduced himself to the membership with his characteristic down-to-earth sense of humor.



James Faust was born on a farm in Delta, UT, served a mission to Brazil, served in the military, earned a law degree and was elected to the Utah state legislature, but he is best known and best loved for his spirit of service to all, and his powerful witness of the Savior.  We pay tribute to his memory now in his own words, and with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing the hymn text he wrote; "This Is the Christ."



We will miss you, President Faust.

 That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...


This Is the Christ
text by James E. Faust, music by Michael F. Moody Copyright © 1996 by the authors, used by permission

They heard His voice, a voice so mild;
It pierced them through and made their souls to quake;
They saw Him come, a man in white,
The Savior who had suffered for their sake.
They felt the woulds in hands and side,
And each could testify; This is the Christ;
This is the Christ, the holy Son of God,
Our Savior, Lord, Redeemer of mankind.
This is the Christ, the healer of our souls
Who ransomed us with love divine.

I read His words, the words He prayed
While bearing sorrow in Gethsemane;
I feel His love, the price He paid.
How many drops of blood were spilled for me?
With saints of old in joyful cry
I too can testify; This is the Christ;
This is the Christ, the holy Son of God,
Our Savior, Lord, Redeemer of mankind.
This is the Christ, the healer of our souls
Who ransomed us with love divine.




Direct download: cs-jamesefaust.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:26pm MDT

The Price We Paid - with Andrew D. Olsen I just dropped off my 16-year-old pioneer. Except for the burgundy tennis shoes, he looked like he might have stepped right out of the 19th century (including the haircut). I waved as he shouldered his burlap gunny sack and headed off to meet his "family" for the next three days of pulling a handcart through the Utah Rockies. I wonder what his 4th-great grandparents -- the ones who actually survived crossing half the US on foot -- would think.

It's trek season and Latter-day Saint youth around the world are re-enacting the remarkable experiences of the 1856 handcart pioneers.

Andrew D. Olsen, author of "The Price We Paid, the Extraordinary Story of the Willie & Martin Handcart Pioneers," shares the stories and people of these best-known handcart companies in the most in-depth and complete retelling of their incredible saga ever published.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

Direct download: cs-pricewepaid.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:42am MDT

Meridian Publishing - with Scot Proctor Imagine ordering books online that are then printed, bound, and then popped in the mail to you in the same time it would take from major online publishers -- in fact, you can do it today!

Meridian publisher Scot Proctor unveils a 21st century publishing solution that knocks the socks off old-school warehouse publishers while providing a way to reach Latter-day Saints and other values-minded people world-wide (think "every nation, kindred, tongue, and people") on demand. Take a listen and catch the vision of Meridian Publishing.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

Direct download: cs-meridianpublishing.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:31pm MDT

"Songs of Praise" with Paul Cardall Best known for his contemporary instrumental work, pianist and composer Paul Cardall surprises his fans and unveils a new album full of, well, words. And not just any words -- "Songs of Praise" combines lyrics and the talents of Evangelical Christian rock singer Steele Croswhite to give voice to Paul's gratitute for life, for love and God's goodness in a way that bridges the gap between LDS and other Christians by celebrating the common ground.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

Direct download: cs-paulcardall.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:16am MDT

"And They Were Not Ashamed -- Strengthening Marriage Through Sexual Fulfillment" by Laura Brotherson President Spencer W. Kimball wrote that the marriage relationship could be "an exultant ecstasy," yet too often well-meaning couples who are working together in every other area of their relationship find themselves frustrated and at cross purposes in the area of sexual intimacy.

The success of Laura Brotherson's ground-breaking book "And They Were Not Ashamed" shows the hunger LDS couples have for accurate, yet gospel-compatible information to help them connect joyfully in this important part of every marriage relationship.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

Direct download: cs-laurabrotherson.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:20am MDT

Ahmad Corbitt, Director of Public and International Affairs for the LDS church in New York City For many people, New York City is The city -- the center of the world. But even those who most love the hustle and bustle also love Central Park, an unbelievably huge swath of nature and peace in the midst of the highest real estate value in the country.

Similarly, since 2004 the Manhattan LDS Temple has provided a different kind of oasis for the 14 stakes in the temple district.

From his office in the temple complex, Ahmad Corbitt, Director of International and Public Affairs for the LDS Church in New York discusses his conversion, common misconceptions he battles, the church in an urban setting, and much more.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...


Direct download: cs-ahmadcorbitt.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:08am MDT

"If God Loves Me, Why This?  Finding Peace in God's Plan for Us" with Kim A. Nelson

If God loves me, why _________?

Fill in the blank with your personal reason, says author and counsellor Kim Nelson in his new book, but the hard times all make more sense when we understand our basic relationship with God, his affection, and the nature of this mortal testing time.

Finding peace, learning the parental perspective, and much, much more this week on The Cricket and Seagull...


Direct download: cs-ifgodlovesme.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:10pm MDT

"I Am A Mother" with Jane Clayson Johnson In her new book, Jane Clayson Johnson, former co-host of The Early Show on CBS, pulls no punches with a stirring, entertaining, and thought-provoking call to arms in defense of the phrase "I Am a Mother."

She speaks from experience telling what makes values and standards "portable," how her own mother's voice still guides her, and, in a final chapter, how sisters can support, rather than judge one another.

You'll never say, "I'm just a mom," again.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

Direct download: cs-iamamother.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:27pm MDT

"Anytime, Anywhere" with Elder John H. Groberg For Elder and Sister Groberg, "anytime, anywhere" meant moving their family over a period of thirty years to various locations across the globe from Hawaii to South America to Hong Kong. In every circumstance they experienced miracles large and small as they helped move the work of the Church forward. Anytime, Anywhere shares many of the touching and meaningful lessons they learned.

Whether traveling the globe or serving right where you live, you'll enjoy Elder Groberg's insights on preparation, service, and finding your mission in life from his book, "Anytime, Anywhere."

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

Direct download: cs-anytimeanywhere.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:25pm MDT

"Sisters of Light - Music for the Sisters of the Church" with Jenny Phillips Daughter, wife, new mother (again), writer, singer; they all describe aspects of Jenny Phillips, but you can learn the most about her heart and soul from listening to her music. "Sisters of Light" is her new CD release with music for the sisters of the church; celebrating who they are, their mission, and their individual importance to Heavenly Father.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...


Direct download: cs-sistersoflight.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:19am MDT

"Hilary Weeks: The Collection" After charming and uplifting hundreds of thousands of listeners for the past 15 years, Hilary Weeks finally releases "Hilary Weeks: The Collection." This new CD includes 15 best-known songs from her 5 solo albums, but also features two new recordings unavailable anywhere.

In this edition Hilary talks about life, 15 years of music making, finding strength to face fears and challenges, her first-ever concert premiere on April 6th in Salt Lake City, and much more. 

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...


Direct download: cs-hwcollection.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:13pm MDT

"Songs From My Heart - the Stories Behind the Songs" with Janice Kapp Perry From "As Sisters in Zion" to "I Walk By Faith" and "We'll Bring the World His Truth (Army of Helaman)," Janice Kapp Perry has written for every age group in the church. Now, in her book "Songs From My Heart," she shares the insights and stories behind 100 of her best-known and best-loved compositions.

Listen as Janice shares her music and her thoughts about these stories, songs and tests, and those too-rare moments of "spiritual dictation" when the music just seems to flow.

All this and much more this week on the Cricket and Seagull...

(Plus get a 40% discount on the book through April 2007 at JaniceKappPerry.com)

Direct download: cs-songsfrommyheart.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:28pm MDT

"Cruise Lady" LDS travel with Diane Lovell It started with an Alaskan cruise she organized for LDS stake members in Washington State and has grown into its own building, staff, and happy clientele; she's Cruise Lady to everyone she knows and that will include you after you hear Diane Lovell's sponteneous enthusiasm for gathering the saints and sending them somewhere wonderful -- together!

In this edition, we'll hear what's available for escorted LDS tours from US Church History to walking where the Savior and the apostles walked, along with tips for booking, spiritual aspects of traveling as an LDS group, and life-changing destinations.

Check it out online at CruiseLady.com. All this and much more this week on the Cricket and Seagull...

Direct download: cs-cruiselady.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:01am MDT

You asked for it! The newest recording from the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square features the most-requested songs from stage and screen, based on a survey sent to thousands of Choir fans. Included are Broadway tunes such as "Bring Him Home," from Les Miserables, and "Neverland," from Peter Pan, along with Hollywood hits such as "The Circle of Life," from The Lion King, and "In Dreams," from Lord of the Rings. 

In this edition, Tabernacle Choir director Craig Jessop talks about music both timeless and new, the pressure of broadcasting 52 weeks a year, adding the orchestra to the choir, and why he still gets chills directing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."  Also, why he considers LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley the "patron saint" of the choir.

All this and much more this week on the Cricket and Seagull...
Direct download: cs-showtime.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:40pm MDT

LDS.org -- The 2007 Redesign The first version appeared online in 1994, followed by an update in 2000. Now LDS.org -- the official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- unveils an all-new design in 2007.

In this edition we talked with Larry Richman, Director of Internet Coordination for the website. You'll learn what the most-used part of the site is, how to be informed of updates, why the redesign, and what's new at LDS.org.

That's this week on the Cricket and Seagull...

Direct download: cs-ldsorg.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:12pm MDT

"I'll Follow Him in Faith," songs from the 2007 Primary program with Clive Romney It's his 16th CD of Primary Childrens' songs, but multi-talented composer and arranger Clive Romney still looks forward to this yearly gig. Today we'll talk about creating a children's song on the atonement, the story behind "Love Is Spoken Here," a perennial childrens' favorite, and much more.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

Direct download: cs-primarysongs2007.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:12pm MDT

"Tip-A-Day Guide for Healthy Living" with Melanie Douglass New Year's resolutions aside, your health is worth thinking about every day; now Nutritionist, Dietitian and Trainer Melanie Douglass helps simplify it down to the daily level with her new book "Tip-A-Day Guide for Healthy Living: 365 Simple Ways to Improve Your Health, One Day at a Time."

We'll talk about negotiating the hazards of restaurant and gas station goodies, a simple way to measure servings anywhere anytime, one truly evil food (and no, it's not Devil's Food cake), helping kids and grownups think "healthy" and "Word of Wisdom" instead of "skinny," and much more. Grab a pencil, you may want to take some notes.

(This audio program contains one full serving of helpful insights, all natural, reusable, with no added sugars or preservatives. Actual health may vary according to genetic predisposition and strict adherence to common sense and Dr's orders.)

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

Direct download: cs-healthyliving.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:11pm MDT



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