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The "Sounds of Sunday" (TM) is a weekly 5-hour radio program produced by Carl Watkins featuring inspirational LDS music, and stories from Glenn Rawson. The "Sounds of Sunday" airs each Sunday over 16 radio stations in Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico (see "Affiliates"). LISTEN ANYTIME over the internet from "Sounds of Sunday (24/7)."
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The "Sounds of Sunday" (TM) features the most inspirational music - new releases and classics from every decade - the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and 10s, and the "Glenn Rawson Stories".
The music and stories are truly amazing!

"For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads." - D&C 25:12

"He blessed us with this amazing new music of the latter days to help us hold on to the iron rod. Our mission is to penetrate hearts with the music and messages of the restored Gospel to prepare us to meet the Savior when He returns." - Carl Watkins

The "Sounds of Sunday" (TM) is a syndicated form of the "Sounds of Sunday," which has aired in Southeast Idaho since 1987. It is a free 1/2 hour to 5 hour radio program distributed via the internet.

The "Glenn Rawson Stories" were added in August 1997 as an hourly feature. Today over 477 stories have been produced and they continue to be a special part of the "Sounds of Sunday".

For more information, or to provide suggestions or a sponsorship, please email Carl Watkins at or call him at 208-785-5940. - David Watkins, webmaster.

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Ether 2:12: "Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage,
and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land,
who is Jesus Christ

During a historic live broadcast Tuesday, January 16, from the annex of the Salt Lake Temple to all members of the Church, newly ordained prophet President Russell M. Nelson reassured each member of the Church that “whatever your concerns, whatever your challenges, there is a place for you in this, the Lord’s Church.”

President Nelson said he and his counselors in the First Presidency, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring, chose to broadcast from the temple to emphasize their wish for members to be “endowed with power in a house of the Lord, sealed as families—faithful to covenants made in a temple,” which are key to “strengthening your life, your marriage and family, and your ability to resist the attacks of the adversary. Your worship in the temple and your service there for your ancestors will bless you with increased personal revelation and peace and will fortify your commitment to stay on the covenant path,” he said. [Download a PDF of the full transcript.]

Urging members to “keep on the covenant path,” President Nelson said, “Your commitment to follow the Savior by making covenants with Him and then keeping those covenants will open the door to every spiritual blessing and privilege available to men, women, and children everywhere,” he said.

Expressing thanks for parents who are serious about their commitment to righteous, intentional parenting,” President Nelson shared how a 4-year-old boy named Benson prayed that as the prophet he would “be brave and not scared that he’s new, and help him to grow up to be healthy and strong.”

He said he was thankful for every parent, teacher, and member who carries heavy burdens and yet serves so willingly.

Paying tribute to President Thomas S. Monson, who passed away January 2, President Nelson said that President Monson’s counselors, President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “have been totally capable, devoted, and inspired. … Each is willing to serve now where he is needed most.”

President Uchtdorf, who has resumed his place in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “has already received major assignments for which he is uniquely qualified.”

President Nelson referred to the Lord’s process of succession as “majestic” and “unique.”

“Words are inadequate to tell you what it felt like to have my Brethren—Brethren who hold all of the priesthood keys restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith in this dispensation—place their hands upon my head to ordain and set me apart as President of the Church. It was a sacred and humbling experience.”

The appointment of President Ballard as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve is “consistent with the order of the Church,” President Nelson said. “The First Presidency will work hand-in-hand with the Twelve to discern the will of the Lord and move His sacred work forward.”

In conclusion, President Nelson urged members to “look forward to the future with complete faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, whose Church this is.

“I declare my devotion to God our Eternal Father and to His Son, Jesus Christ. I know Them, love Them, and pledge to serve Them—and you—with every remaining breath of my life.”

Expressing his support for President Nelson, President Oaks said, “With all my heart I pledge my loyalty and support for President Nelson’s loving and inspired leadership.I rejoice in the opportunity to give my full efforts to bear witness of Jesus Christ and to proclaim the truth of His restored gospel.”

President Eyring assured members of good years ahead for the Church and gospel of Jesus Christ. “The growth in the number of members and their spread across nations, kindreds, tongues, and peoples are visible miracles, but the greater miracle—and the one which will accelerate—is the growth in faith in Jesus Christ. This is a great time in the history of the Church. And yes, the best is still to come.”

Hear the remarks of President Russell M. Nelson, and his councilors Dallin H. Oaks and Henry B. Eyring.

Who is President Russell M. Nelson? - prophet .............. heart surgeon .............. wife Dantzel White Nelson died in 2005.

In the fall of 1965, Russell M. Nelson - a surgeon and Salt Lake City stake president - made several trips to Illinois to look into an attractive and generous offer to head cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the University of Chicago.

He and his wife, Dantzel, selected a neighborhood where they could raise their nine daughters. The Nelson’s 10th child was a son who was born later. They contemplated the professional and research opportunities the job would afford. One evening they enjoyed dinner with a young University of Chicago law professor, Dallin H. Oaks, and his wife, June. As the couples ate dinner in the Oaks’ home and spoke about the Church in Chicago, a lasting friendship formed.

“Of course we did everything we could to persuade him to accept an offer that we knew was being extended,” recalled President Oaks at the November 21, 1965 dinner, then a counselor in the Chicago stake presidency, now 1st Councilor in the new Church Presidency.

Before accepting the position, however, Dr. Nelson sought and received advice from one additional source. He met with then - Church President David O. McKay.

“He was recruited very aggressively” by the University of Chicago, explained Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “He would be made head of the department. He would have a salary through the roof. They would pay for all of his children’s education, wherever those children went on the face of the earth.” But he turned the offer down.

“President McKay just said, ‘I don’t think you should go,’” explained Elder Holland.

“Like that, Russell Nelson made the decision on the spot. He was not going to go.”

The experience illustrates “the childlike humility and simplicity of Russell Nelson’s faith.”

President Nelson, 93, was set apart as the 17th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on January 14 after serving 34 years in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

A man of perfect pitch, President Nelson plays the organ during quorum meetings.

President Thomas Spencer Monson, 16th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Tuesday, January 2, 2018, in his home in Salt Lake City. He turned 90 on August 21, 2017, (the day of the solar eclipse).

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 12, 2018 at 12:00 Noon Mountain Time in the Conference Center on Temple Square. The funeral will be open to the public ages 8 and older. A public viewing open to all ages will take place Thursday, January 11, from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center.

President Monson was well acquainted with the governance of the Church, not only through knowledge gleaned through written histories but also through personal experience.

Called to the Quorum of the Twelve at age 36, he spent 54 years as a General Authority —including 32 years in the First Presidency and … almost 10 years as Church President. He served as Second Counselor to Church presidents President Ezra Taft Benson and President Howard W. Hunter, and First Counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley for nearly 13 years.

President Monson was set apart on February 3, 2008, as President of the Church.

Even before the era of his ministry as a General Authority, he spent his life on the Lord’s errand, from serving as president of his ward’s deacons quorum as a young man, to serving as a bishop in his early 20s, to presiding over a mission in his early 30s. President Monson had all the hallmarks of an unassuming servant of the Lord.

In 1997, he was asked to describe what it had been like to be called as an Apostle of the Lord. He didn’t answer the inquiry directly, but spoke of “being called of God” in more general terms, in a manner every member with a calling could understand. He spoke of being called as a bishop of a ward of 1,080 members at age 22. He said, “I had a heavy responsibility for welfare, … About a third of the ward was represented by old-time families and two-thirds by a transient population. Why I was selected, I can’t tell you that”

I had a fairly close working association with President Monson [working at Deseret News since 1972]. [I interviewed him many times, I went on trips with him and Sister Monson].

Many times I witnessed his “bishop’s heart” in action as he took time to visit the bereaved, comfort the dying, cheer up someone who was feeling sad or lonely, and just be a friend to someone who needed a little bit of extra attention and care.

In 1997, when he was about to turn 70, the Church News asked President Monson how he would like to be remembered. He replied with a brief phrase that aptly captured the essence of his life: “I tried my best.” – Gerry Avant., Church News

Ether 8:23-24: "And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not. Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be."

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I-10 from Houston to Beaumont - before and after Hurricane Harvey.

Meridian, Idaho near Boise received 99% of the solar eclipse - viewed at the top of the Meridian Temple - Jim Harmer.
The Meridian Temple was dedicated on Sunday, November 19, 2017.


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