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.
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.
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 Christand 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.