The New Mormon Battalion Historic Site a Hit With the Community and Visitors Alike

It was Brigham Young himself who said, "The Mormon Battalion will be held in honorable remembrance to the latest generation," and the newly refurbished and renamed Mormon Battalion Historic Site in Old Town San Diego is bound to keep that remembering alive for years to come.

Elder Evans, the current site Director, gives us an overview of the miracles of the Mormon Battalion and how the new site has become an integral part of historic Old Town for area 4th graders, and Sister Evans shows us the activites children and adults will experience when they visit this new state-of-the-art mixture of history and technology; talking pictures, movies, panning for gold, and feeling the earth shake during a stampede are just some of the exciting elements.  While you listen, why not Click Here to visit the website at http://historicmormonbattalion.net and explore?

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

 

 

Direct download: cs-mormonbattalion2010.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:28pm MDT

A Musical Christmas Card for 2010

A Musical Christmas Card for 2010

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 timeless Christmas music.

It's read by my neighbor, Myron Hassard, affectionately known as "Haz" by all the people in our ward, who think of him as our ward Grandpa.

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

Direct download: cs-christmas2010.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:54pm MDT

"This Is The Christ," by Paul Thomas Smith

In this engaging new book, author and historian Paul Thomas Smith has created my Christmas pick of the year--a text that is comfortingly familiar, yet filled with the bits of history and insight a life-long scholar can add to the narrative to make it vivid and alive in our minds and hearts; a book families and students of the scriptures can enjoy for years to come.  And the illustrations drawn from the religious paintings of Carl Bloch are the perfect accompaniment to the text throughout.

Why were shepherds despised in New Testament times?  Was there really no rooster that crowed three times for Peter?  Was Luke wrong about the census?  Listen as the author discusses all of this and more.

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

Direct download: cs-thisisthechrist2010.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm MDT

"The Master's Hand," a Once-in-a-Lifetime Exhibit of Carl Bloch Altar Paintings

It's been years in the making, but Dawn Pheysey, Curator of Religious Art for the BYU Museum of Art, can still hardly believe they are all displayed here together for the first time in history; five of the eight huge Carl Bloch masterpieces which have graced churches across Denmark and Sweden for over a hundred years.

In this walk-through of the exhibit we'll hear the history of the pieces, learn about the other Bloch paintings and etchings in the show which have been beloved by Latter-day Saints for half a century, and try to answer the question Danish priests have asked for years, "What is it the Utah Mormons see in these paintings?"  

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

Direct download: cs-carlblochexhibit2010.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:47pm MDT

"Promise Me" by Richard Paul Evans

If you've ever had a New Year's Eve where all you wanted to do was warm up some enchiladas for dinner and then go to bed, then you can relate to Beth, the protagonist of "Promise Me."  After a year when tragedy seems to have moved in as a permanent companion, an unusual meeting at a 7-Eleven starts a whole new relationship that will change everything in her life and present her with a choice she never could have imagined.

With 16 books in a row on the New York Times Best Seller lists, you could either play it safe and stick to a formula, or you could do what author Richard Paul Evans has done and take the risk of giving your readers something new and unexpected.  The fact that "Promise Me" is currently number four on the Best-seller list seems to show it was a risk worth taking.

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

Direct download: cs-promiseme.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58pm MDT

"My Christmas Wish," New Music from Alex Boye

Singer and entertainer Alex Boyé takes you back to your childhood (if you're old enough to remember music on vinyl) with crooner-style Christmas standards, plus puts his own stamp on "Go Tell it on the Mountain" and the original title track.

You'll love his smooth take on holiday favorites like "Christmas Time is Here" from the Charlie Brown Christmas special and the interview features the added bonus of Christmas remembrances and testimonies, including a remarkable "Christmas of Two-Hundred Haircuts."

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

Direct download: cs-alexboyechristmas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:46am MDT

Asher Ashkenazi - An Israeli guide talks about hosting LDS groups for 16 years

In this interview, recorded in Jerusalem, Asher Ashkenazi talks about the country he loves, why he became a tour guide, and why he thinks it's important for people of all faiths to visit the Holy Land.

You'll discover right away why most LDS groups he works with quickly name themselves "The Tribe of Asher" as they come to love Israel, and you might be surprised to hear him quote Nephi and Orson Hyde about the fulfillment of prophecy that has gathered a people and made the desert "blossom as a rose."  Plus if you live in Utah, jot down the details of how you can meet Asher in person this coming January at the annual Travel Expo.

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

Direct download: cs-asher.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:40pm MDT

"A Celebration of Family History," new on DVD

You've got a choir, you've got an orchestra, you've got inspiring live speakers and film segments to touch any feeling heart; sounds like a celebration, and it is! 

Shipley Munson, the Global Marketing Director for the LDS Church's Family History Department, shares stories from this new DVD and how it can be used in many different settings. In addition, I hope you'll listen to his final comments on the 5 main reasons people of all faiths get involved in family history research; what do you think they are?

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

Direct download: cs-celebrationdvd.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:35pm MDT

"Holy Lands - A History of the Latter-day Saints in the Near East," with Blair Van Dyke

Blair Van Dyke, one of the authors of "Holy Lands," shares some of the inspiring events and key moments in the amazing, but mostly unknown history of the church in the lands at the center of human and religious history.

From dedicatory prayers to missionaries sent across the miles to reach a single person, we just begin to scratch the surface of the stories which show the hand of the Lord moving powerfully in modern times in these ancient places still so relevant to our lives today, and to the future of the whole human race.

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

Direct download: cs-holylands.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:36pm MDT

"Gethsemane - Peace & Hope Amidst Trials" by Todd McCabe & April Moriarty

This fourth in a series of moving, meditative hymns by violinist April Moriarty and pianist Todd McCabe completes the arc of the Savior's life begun with their previous albums "Bethlehem," "Galilee," and "Calvary."

Todd & April talk about their hymn choices, why they feel this "Gethsemane" is hopeful, rather than sorrowful, and about the amazing gift of communicating through instrumental music in general.

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

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:02am MDT

In this 8th annual Book of Mormon Lands Conference in Salt Lake City, to be held Saturday, Oct 23, 2010, scholars and researchers will discuss topics from DNA, the "Heartland Model" vs. the "Mesoamerica Model," and comparisons between the Olmecs and the Jaredites.


See the full day's schedule online at BMAF.org and listen to hear Dr. Stephen Carr discuss the various presentations and the presenters, including keynote speaker Richard Bushman on "The Gold Plates in Mormon thought and Culture," and DNA expert Ugo Perego.


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

Direct download: cs-bmaf2010.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:43pm MDT

"Day of Rest," a New Album of Hymns from Jericho Road

Their live performances and previous recordings have made them best know for their dancing and boy-band harmonies, but Abe, Justin, Bret, and Dave--the guys of Jericho Road--have always felt there was a missing album in their discography; a collection of hymns.

With "Day of Rest," you'll hear more solo pieces than usual, learn how a college performing group set them on their current path as a group, find out who has the best/worst golf swing, and most importantly, discover why every song chosen for this new CD is a testimony of Jesus.

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

Direct download: cs-dayofrest.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:47pm MDT

"Escape From Rwanda," by John Yves Bizimana

John Yves Bizimana may have been one of thousands who graduated from BYU this year, but his story of survival through genocide in Rwanda, through refugee camps and orphanages in Zaire and Zimbabwe, adoption to Belgium, and finally fulfilling his dream of going to the US, is unquestionably unique.

Even through the unthinkable extremes of violence and loss of his parents, John Bizimana's story is one to inspire readers to trust the all-knowing love of God, even through discouragement and apparent loss of dreams, to work for the good of each of his children.

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

Direct download: cs-escapefromrwanda.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:05am MDT

Live Summer's End Concert with Sam Payne and Cherie Call

We know you couldn't all just hop in the car and head over to the recent Sam Payne/Cherie Call concert, so we decided to record it live and bring you some excerpts of the stories and songs, no matter where you live!

While they've recorded and performed on their own to great success through the years, there is a little extra something good in this concert where instead of trading off numbers, they played and sang together on nearly every song.  Take a listen, you'll be glad you did.

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

Direct download: cs-samandcherie2010.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:51pm MDT

"From Heartache to Healing" with Colleen and Philip Harrison

Written from real-life experience both painful and joyful, this new book by husband and wife writing team Colleen and Phil Harrison fills a gaping need as a resource for spouses and other loved ones of those dealing with sexual addiction.  In a frank and conversational style, the authors write together and then separately from their differing perspectives as man and woman, husband and wife, addict and spouse.

In chapters ranging from "What Is Addiction" and "I Didn't Ask for This!" to "Rebuilding," spouses will find spiritual advice on how to turn to the only one who can heal their hearts, how not to take on responsibility that isn't theirs, and how to know if the addict is moving forward in recovery.  It's a book full of hope for those who may be feeling both helpless and hopeless.

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

Direct download: cs-heartachetohealing.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:41pm MDT

Behind the Scenes at yourLDSradio.com with David Dalley

It only launched in November of 2008, but yourLDSradio.com has been shooting up the ratings charts for online stations since the day it went live, including reaching it's one-millionth stream. 

And that's not the only surprising thing about the station; the Lord must move in mysterious ways--that's the only way production manager David Dalley can explain how a choral conducting degree, a stint as a producer for Glenn Beck, and a case of ADD all coalesced into the perfect job for him behind the scenes at yourLDSradio.com

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

Direct download: cs-daviddalley.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:51pm MDT

Stories from St. George with Doug Alder

Ever wondered how St. George, Utah, got its name?  Heard the story of the "stumpy steeple" and wondered if Brother Brigham really used lightning to get his way?  And just how did they use a cannon of mysterious origin to help build the temple?

You'll get the scoop on all of these stories and more, including a remarkable vision of the US founding fathers and a revelation on tithing, from historian, author, storyteller, and former Dixie College president Doug Alder.

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

Direct download: cs-stgeorgestories.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:35am MDT

"Road Less Traveled" with David Osmond

While he's sung everything from boy band to musical theater and pop since he first became the lead singer of The Osmond Boys at age four, this is David Osmond's first inspirational album release.  And what's more, it's full of contemporary Christian songs he's co-written from his own life experience.

In this interview you'll hear the background of the songs, some of the hymns from the 5-song bonus CD included in the new release, and some lessons learned from a difficult period after a diagnosis of MS seemed like it would sideline his musical plans. Plus, there's a cameo vocal appearance on one of the tracks by David's father, Alan, on a remake of a favorite Osmond song David grew up hearing.

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

 

 

Direct download: cs-davidosmond.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:53am MDT

LDS 12-Step Conference at UVU - with Phil and Colleen Harrison

LDS Twelve-Step Conference to be Held at UVU in Orem, UT, Next Week

What is addiction?  What are the Twelve Steps?  How do they fit together with the gospel?

As authors of books on using the Twelve-Step process to receive healing and recovery through the atonement of Jesus Christ, and as recovering addicts themselves, Phil and Colleen Harrison are the perfect guides to share the hope available to sufferers of addiction everywhere.  In a candid and informative interview, you'll learn about the free Twelve-Step Conference to be held at UVU on August 13th and 14th of this year, plus find out about ongoing resources at Heart-t-Heart.org.  That's where you can for a .pdf flier of the conference schedule and topics.

Whether you're interested for yourself or a loved one, whether you struggle with an addiction or compulsion or not, there is much here to learn about humility, about how closely the Lord walks with us in our weaknesses, and what it really means to have "weak things become strong," as the Lord promises in the book of Ether.
 
That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

Direct download: cs-hearttheart2010.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22am MDT

"Meridian 3.0" with the Publisher and Editor, Scot and Maurine Proctor

Looking at the world-wide reach of Meridian Magazine today, it's hard to imagine that the publishers were initially disappointed to be an online rather than a print publication, but "the times, they are a changin'" and today they couldn't be happier to be a premier online source for news and inspiration for Latter-day Saints around the globe.

From more space devoted to photography, new mini-blogs, to sections and author pages, the new Meridian has a way to be more useful and appealing to you than ever.  You'll hear the excitement in their voices as Scot and Maurine Proctor unveil the new features and share their passion for posting pictures and stories from Saints around the world in all cultures and walks of life, helping us all feel that we are united in a cause greater than ourselves and our own little worlds.

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

Direct download: cs-meridianmagazine30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:51pm MDT

"Stories From the Life of Porter Rockwell" by John W. Rockwell & Jerry Borrowman

Some called him a Guardian Angel, others (mostly those who'd looked down the barrel of his gun) called him The Angel of Death.  He was blessed by the prophet that he'd never be killed by bullet or blade and as a token of that promise he was told never to cut his hair.  Word of that promise made him a Western legend, and plenty of outlaws put it to the test, but none successfully.

In the annals of LDS church history, perhaps no one but Joseph Smith himself has been cause for so much speculation and so many fascinating stories, but authors Jerry Borrowman and John W. Rockwell (Porter's great-great-grandson) sift through the legends for the facts—which even without embellishment somehow still leave us scratching our heads wondering who this boyhood friend of Joseph's, from the neighboring farm in Palmyra, really was.

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

Direct download: cs-porterrockwell.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:28pm MDT

BYU Virtual Tours - with John Starrs and John Livingstone

BYU Church History professor John Livingstone had long had a vision of sharing the history and sites of the Restoration with people everywhere on the globe, and when videographer John Starrs moved into his ward it seemed that both the right people and the right technologies were coming together to make it happen.

Along with their well-known co-writers Jeffrey Marsh, Lloyd Newell, Craig James Ostler, and David Whitchurch, they've now released "Salt Lake City, Ensign to the Nations" in book form, on DVD, have a walking-tour guidebook for Salt Lake City, and perhaps most far-reaching, the new BYU Virtual Tours website with new information added each week.  You can even go online and visit http://virtualtours.byu.edu while you hear our guests explain the origins and challenges of the project, tell of the prestigious award their creation recently won, and, most importantly, talk about the church history we are each called to be part of today.

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

Direct download: cs-byuvirtualtours.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm MDT

Arnold Friberg's Book of Mormon Paintings Legacy

 

Richard G. Oman's enthusiasm for and understanding of Arnold Friberg's now-iconic Book of Mormon paintings makes him the perfect person to walk us through these larger-than-life images most of us have grown up with.  They are now on permanent display in the LDS Church Conference Center in Salt Lake City, meaning you can see them for free year 'round and even line up your own little stripling warriors for a photo op in front of Captain Moroni--at least that's what one family was doing the morning I visited the gallery.

In addition, brother Oman speaks about how art can teach us through our eyes, what Friberg was trying to say with the moments he chose to illustrate, the impact these dozen-or-so images have had around the world since being published in many versions of the Book of Mormon, and why, in spite of his other acclaim, these might be Friberg's most lasting legacy.

Click Here to view the images as you listen.  Please be reminded that they are owned by the LDS Church, appear here as a courtesy, and may only be used for non-commerical, personal purposes.

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

 

Direct download: cs-fribergbofmpaintings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:41am MDT

RootsMagicEssentials - The free family history program certified for FamilySearch ‚ÄčLots of folks who want to get started on their family history have the same hold up; how do they choose between computer software options they've never tried? Now Bruce Buzbee, President of RootsMagic, has made it easy to discover--for free--if their family history program is right for you.

Bruce tells how you can download RootsMagic Essentials for free.  After that, you can use it for an unlimited time, it has unlimited space for names and information, and there are free blogs, user groups, and podcasts to help get you going and get you unstuck when you think you've hit one of those unsolvable family history mysteries.

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

Direct download: cs-rootsmagicessentials.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:21pm MDT

Mormons and Yoga with LeAnne Tolley In 1 Thessalonians 5, the same chapter where Paul calls us to be "children of the light," he tells us to "prove all things; hold fast that which is good."  For many in today's stressful, get-it-all-done Western society, the practice of Yoga is proving to be a good thing.

LeAnne Tolley, a Latter-day Saint and Certified Yoga Teacher, talks about the benefits of developing the mind-body-spirit connection, why many modern girls and women are taught hatred of their bodies, and how the practice of Yoga can be compatible with the principles of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...
Direct download: cs-mormonsandyoga.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:20pm MDT

"The Life of Christ" - Paintings by James Tissot
Though he didn't begin his biblical works until the last 10 years of his life, French painter James Tissot managed to complete more than 700 paintings of the New Testament and the Old Testament--a project he was still engaged in at the time of his death.

Rita Wright from the BYU Museum of Art is passionate about these paintings and points out highlights from the New Testament collection opening today at the Museum and running through January 9, 2011, sprinkling in observations about Tissot's life, way of working, details of the paintings themselves, and the surprising reaction to their Paris premiere among both the clergy and the elite.  Plus, an unexpected "prophetic" connection to an edition of Tissot's illustrated bible used by two different LDS Church presidents.

Don't forget to Click Here to view the paintings discussed!

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...
Direct download: cs-tissotexhibit.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm MDT

Gospel Library - New iPhone App from the LDS Church It works now for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, but soon users of many different mobile devices will have Gospel Library, an official application from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in their pocket and at their finger tips; letting them choose and download their own library of gospel resources as well as mark and annotate them.


Joel Dehlin, the Chief Information Officer of the LDS Church and John Edwards, over Emerging Technologies and Social Networking for the Church, talk about the new features in this study app, the new LDS.org website (which you can try online now), and Mobile Member--a new application coming out very soon.  Plus, finding the proper place for technology in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and how best to serve the needs of church members world-wide.

 

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


Direct download: cs-gospellibraryapp.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:23pm MDT

"Song of Redeeming Love," by Dallyn Vail Bayles Whether he's toured with "Les Mis" or his current gig in "Phantom of the Opera," Dallyn Bayles always seems to find a connection with redemption in his characters.  It isn't much of a stretch at all though to find the themes of love and redemption in the life of the Savior, or in this album celebrating his atonement and the effect he has on each of us personally.

On a paternity break from "Phantom," (he and his wife Rachel just welcomed their fourth child) Dallyn talks about new versions of traditional favorites like "Come Thou Fount" and "Amazing Grace," and the more contemporary pieces he's sprinkled in, like "He'll Find a Way" and "Come Harvest Time."  It's great listening for fans of rich orchestration and a trained voice.

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


Direct download: cs-songofredeeminglove.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59pm MDT

"Take the Mountain Down" now on CD, DVD, and on BYU-TV

The idea for this show began over 40 years ago when Don Oscarson (writer of the original Nauvoo Pageant) was driving through Cajun country in Louisiana listening to the blues, and it finally made it onstage when he matched it up with writers Marvin Payne and Steven Kapp Perry.  


This engaging, new retelling of the timeless parable of the Prodigal Son is set in Kentucky coal country and features an imaginative staging of the classic tale featuring 6 show-stopping performers who seamlessly trade off roles and instruments like they were born to do it.  "Take The Mountain Down" premiered live at BYU Education Week two years ago which led to a recent taping by BYU Broadcasting.  Don't miss it on BYU-TV Tues, May 25th, at 8 PM Mountain Time, and the following Saturday, the 29th, at 9 PM.  Also available now on CD and DVD at MarvinPayne.com


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

Direct download: cs-takethemountaindown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08am MDT

"Light in the Wilderness - Explorations in the Spiritual Life" by M. Catherine Thomas
Because the gospel is a constant in so many of our lives, we may hear certain words and concepts mentioned so frequently that we think we "get them," or have a complete understanding.  One of the beauties of "Light in the Wilderness, Explorations in the Spiritual Life" is the way it strips away that "veil of familiarity" and beckons us to new dimensions of enlightenment concerning even the most basic concepts of God, nature, and what we are made of.

In this wide-ranging discussion, Catherine Thomas invites fellow seekers to search behind familiar gospel words and concepts to find the spiritual realities they represent.  From sacrifice to joy, this is a journey of increasing peace and faith in the God who made us and invites us to expand our minds and spirits and become like him.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...
 
Direct download: cs-catherinethomas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:58pm MDT

"Beautiful Dawn" by Mercy River

"Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" in 5/4 time?  Yes, and it works.  Originals, hymns, and even a primary song all mixed together?  yes, and it works.  What really works is the 3-part of blend of the voices and personalities of Soni, Brooke, and Whitney, the three young mothers who make up Mercy River.


Coming into their own on their second album release, you'll hear about choosing songs, the impact of meeting LDS sisters at Time Out for Women events around the country, and why this particular kind of music feels just right for Mercy River.


That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull... 
Direct download: cs-mercyriver.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40pm MDT

"Wondrous Love," from the BYU Women's Chorus
From folk to love song, from praise of nature to praise of the God who made it, "Wondrous Love," the first album release by the BYU Women's Chorus is full of delights and surprises.  There's a bit of Irish, a bit of Americana, and several beautiful hymn arrangements, including some familiar religious lyrics set to the tune of a very recognizable folk song.

In this edition, Jean Applonie, BYU music professor and the director of the group, talks about choosing voices, choosing the music, and the mission of the BYU Women's Chorus.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...
 
Direct download: cs-byuwomenschorus.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:11am MDT

"Masterpiece: The Best of Julie de Azevedo"
Over the past 25 years, Julie de Azevedo has written, produced, and performed some of the most popular songs in the LDS music industry. Masterpiece, her new best-of collection, features the favorites which have connected with people around the world, plus a couple of new tunes, including "God's Signature," which are sure to bring a smile to anyone who has some life experience under their belt.

In this edition Julie talks about integrating and finding balance between the different parts of her life, why she writes what she does, and the common theme she's discovered between being a wife, a mother, a musician, a therapist, and how she's finally bringing it all together.

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

Direct download: cs-masterpiece.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10am MDT

Mormons and the New Media

Like lots of the people on the planet, Latter-day Saints find themselves swimming in more and more new technology every year.  Just consider whether you send hand-written letters or use email these days?  Do you post family pictures on Picasa or Flickr and send links to your family?  Do you update your Facebook or MySpace page when someone gets a mission call, has a new baby, or just wants to post video of little Hannah's first violin recital?
Twenty years ago if someone had talked to me about Podcasting, Blogging, and YouTube, I might have thought they were talking about farming, bodily functions, and my own personal cryogenic chamber.  These days, those words have not only become a daily part of how many of us communicate, get our news and entertainment and share what we think is important, they've also shown up in addresses by General Authorities.  And of course there are also some technologies useful to the Saints in particular; like the new Gospel Library app for iPhone, the FamilySearch website, and streaming General Conference on-demand, when it's most convenient for us to listen.
In this edition, we're asking about the technologies YOU use and HOW you use them.  In the future we'll be delving deeper into how these can both help us and hurt us, and where to draw the line.  For today though, please just take a listen, think about the new technologies which have become part of your everyday life, then send us an email to help direct where this podcast (there's one of those words again) starts exploring.  Or, just leave a comment right here on this blog.
That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

 

Direct download: cs-newmedia.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:24pm MDT

"The Eternal Christ, Truman Madsen in the Holy Land

Truman Madsen knew the scriptural history of the Holy Land as few knew it, and for his final visit before his death in 2009, he stood in the places he loved and taught from his heart, sharing a lifetime of scholarship and testimony.  Now released on DVD, this series of 8 lectures on 4 DVDs is a spiritual marvel, giving a wider audience access to his invaluable and intimate teaching.
In this edition, Truman's wife Ann--herself a lecturer on Isaiah and other subjects at BYU--tells of creating this new resource for teachers and families everywhere, of favorite moments in places both sacred and secular, and of Truman's powerful final testimony of Jesus Christ, permeating every moment of this lecture series of a lifetime.
That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

 

Direct download: cs-theeternalchrist.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:53pm MDT

"I Need Thee Every Hour" by David P. Vandagriff

"The Atonement of Jesus Christ is not only a gift for our last breath or the last day of our lives, it is also for every day of our lives, and breath of our lives."  So says author and former LDS bishop David Vandagriff.
With vivid examples and specific experiences, the writer tells of learning to apply the Atonement not only to the effects of sin, but to undeserved suffering, prayer, despair, and ev en the good times in life.
That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...
Direct download: cs-ineedtheeeveryhour.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:16am MDT

"Then Sings My Soul," by Jenny Oaks Baker

She got her Masters at Juilliard and has played everything from the classics as first violinist with the National Symphony to her impressive solo recordings of great movie themes, but Jenny Oaks Baker feels closest to her Heavenly Father when performing and listening to sacred music.
While on a concert visit to Salt Lake City, this virtuoso violinist talks about her new collaboration with Emmy Award-winning composer Sam Cardon, and her search for both the peaceful and the epic in timeless themes and hymns like "How Great Thou Art,"  "All Creatures of Our God and King," and "Finlandia."
That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

 

Direct download: cs-jennyoaksbaker.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:49pm MDT

"The Time-Starved Family," by DeAnne Flynn

As a mother of seven, DeAnne Flynn knows well the challenge of staying balanced in a world where busier seems to be equated with better. In her book, The Time-Starved Family, Helping Overloaded Families Focus on What Matters Most, the author shares 16 practical ideas for breaking out of the hectic, stressful, over-scheduled way of living.
From dumping the guilt and comparing to learning when to say "no," DeAnne shares ways to increase and improve the time your family has together by focusing on what's most important.
That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

 

Direct download: cs-timestarvedfamily.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:48pm MDT

"Trust God No Matter What!" by Darla Isackson

Darla Isackson knows her topic by heart because she has lived it—those moments which surprise us, frustrate us, break our hearts, and leave us reeling, wondering if everything we believe is really true.
Organized by topic and experience, the author shares her personal experience and a wealth of comfort from scripture and modern prophets to testify that God is trustworthy in all things whether we are dealing with divorce, depression, death, anger, the need to forgive, or any of the other mortal experiences which can be our opportunity to truly take the Lord's hand in a new and stronger way.
That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

 

Direct download: cs-trustgod.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:17pm MDT

"Sunday Morning Classics" with Ted Hinckley

How to expose your family—and yourself—to the classics of the Western musical tradition?  One way is the new "Sunday Morning Classics" series featuring inspired music from some of the world's greatest composers.  Including Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Handel, and Scarlatti (and the list--or should I say "Liszt?"--goes on) you'll hear everything from solo piano and string quartet to full-blown orchestral pieces, all carefully chosen to fit the peaceful mood of a Sunday morning.
In this edition, long-time film music producer Ted Hinckley talks about choosing the pieces, creating the state-of-the-art High Definition recordings in Prague, and the reactions he's received to the initial releases of this new series.
That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

 

Direct download: cs-sundaymorningclassics.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:35pm MDT

"Mercyville," New Release from Afterglow

Long-time favorite duo Afterglow returns with Mercyville, a collection of new original songs written to celebrate the joys and challenges of life. Messages including serving others, dealing with loss, experiencing joy and finding our way through life's trials. 

In this edition Joel McCausland and Kevin Peay talk about 30 years of singing, the songs they wrote for this first new studio album in a decade, and—their voices strong as ever—show why Afterglow is the #1 LDS vocal group of all time.
That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

 

Direct download: cs-mercyville.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

"Heavensong" with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Mack Wilberg

 

The Buffalo News review says, "Anyone in need of a breather might like to give this a try. It's the real deal."

Heavensong features beloved classical selections that will lift and transport you through a journey of light and hope. From new Mack Wilberg compositions to familiar melodies to “The Prayer,” this music is perfect for quiet contemplation.

In this edition, choir director Mack Wilberg takes us on an audio tour of these peaceful classics, along with several new choir favorites, shares the story behind recording "The Prayer" with David Foster, and much more.

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

 

 

Direct download: cs-heavensong.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:39pm MDT

Healing Hands for Haiti -- How You Can Help

It began with an online plea for 150 Latter-day Saint volunteers with expertise in medicine, construction, and the French/Creole languages, all to fly to Haiti and help with relief and rebuilding after the massive earthquake.  Within hours emails and applications began pouring in by the thousands.
In this edition you'll hear interviews and excerpts from the pre-flight meeting with Haitians, returned missionaries, Steve Studdert—the operation director, and other LDS members who will be reporting the efforts of this non-official group of church members giving their best to be anxiously engaged in helping the orphans, the injured, and the hungry in Haiti.
That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

 

Direct download: cs-healinghandsforhaiti.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:15pm MDT

LDSmusicnow.com with Greg Hansen and Jade Hansen You hear the song and want it, but not the whole CD; the answer? Downloadble .mp3 files of individual songs. You want your choir to sing the song but can't wait two weeks for shipping; the answer? Downloadable printable .pdf files of copyright-legal sheet music.

Composer/Arranger/Producer Greg Hansen and his tech-savvy son Jade have combined the .mp3s and the .pdfs into LDSmusicnow.com, a site which sends out a free download a week, has a 24/7 radio option, and more. Plus, you'll thrill to hear about the how-to elements of President Kimball's gospel vision of the arts beginning to come to pass through new technology.

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

Direct download: cs-ldsmusicnow.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:09pm MDT



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