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Chelsea Merkley
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Look well to this day. Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day. - Francis Scott Gray I love Teaching children of all ages. In 1999 traveled to Israel and Jordan with the International Children's Choir on tour. Learned about the History of the Jews and Palestinians. Performed at the BYU Jerusalem Center and for the Prince of Jordan.Study Abroad through Weber State University Summer of 1998Visited; Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, Liechtenstein and England.Completed Reports and questions regarding each countries history. Returned to the same lands for a European Tour with Family in 2004.Has a personal Goal to Audition for and Sing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.Enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures. Has visited; Belize, The Cayman Islands, Mexico, Jamaica, The Bahamas, The U.S. Virgin Islands ( St. Thomas & St. John), Haiti and Hawai'i. Deeply enjoys; Choral Performance, Solo Vocal Performance, Writing Poetry & Creative Writing, & Digital Scrapbooking.Education Wise: I'd like to obtain a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and become a Teacher.
Look well to this day. Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day. - Francis Scott Gray I love Teaching children of all ages. In 1999 traveled to Israel and Jordan with the International Children's Choir on tour. Learned about the History of the Jews and Palestinians. Performed at the BYU Jerusalem Center and for the Prince of Jordan.Study Abroad through Weber State University Summer of 1998Visited; Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, Liechtenstein and England.Completed Reports and questions regarding each countries history. Returned to the same lands for a European Tour with Family in 2004.Has a personal Goal to Audition for and Sing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.Enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures. Has visited; Belize, The Cayman Islands, Mexico, Jamaica, The Bahamas, The U.S. Virgin Islands ( St. Thomas & St. John), Haiti and Hawai'i. Deeply enjoys; Choral Performance, Solo Vocal Performance, Writing Poetry & Creative Writing, & Digital Scrapbooking.Education Wise: I'd like to obtain a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and become a Teacher.

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I'm not on here often. But, I just got a notification that someone tried to login to my google account a few hours ago. Not cool people. Not cool. I figured out how to fix it, and we carved pumpkins tonight!

In other funny news. My son keeps singing da da bass da da bass no treble. Meagan Trainor song. I have no idea where he heard it.

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Happy Anniversary to my husband today! 8 years!!!
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Last night at about 5 pm, my Maternal Grandfather passed away. He was so smart, and probably the most intelligent and funniest man I knew in this life.
He taught me the joy of wit & good and humor.

He taught me stories about Jocko and Jinko Monkey that he made up. They each had life lessons in them. He taught me about compassion and faith. He taught me by example, to sing my heart out and share the message of joyful music to help lift others up. He taught me about service and love. I stayed with Grandaddy and Grammy on their mission in 2005 in The Belmont Boston Massachusetts area. They both taught me about their extreme faith and kindness, charity, towards me and others. They taught me about forgiveness and hope. I miss you Grandad so much.

I am glad you are no longer in pain from your Blood Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer. You have probably already greeted your parents and Grammy's Parents with joy and rejoicing. I am so thankful for the Plan of Salvation. It truly is a Plan of Happiness.

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Recently I thought back to an experience from my boyhood—an experience I have related on another occasion or two. I was just 11. Our Primary president, Melissa, was an older and loving gray-haired lady. One day at Primary, Melissa asked me to stay behind and visit with her. There the two of us sat in the otherwise empty chapel. She placed her arm about my shoulder and began to cry. Surprised, I asked her why she was crying.

She replied, “I can’t seem to get the Trail Builder boys to be reverent during the opening exercises of Primary. Would you be willing to help me, Tommy?”

I promised Melissa that I would. Strangely to me, but not to Melissa, that ended any problem of reverence in Primary. She had gone to the source of the problem—me. The solution was love.

The years flew by. Marvelous Melissa, now in her 90s, lived in a nursing facility in the northwest part of Salt Lake City. Just before Christmas I determined to visit my beloved Primary president. Over the car radio I heard the song “Hark! The herald angels sing glory to the newborn King!” I reflected on the visit made by wise men those long years ago. They brought gifts of gold, of frankincense, and of myrrh. I brought only the gift of love and a desire to say thank you.

I found Melissa in the lunchroom. She was staring at her plate of food, teasing it with the fork she held in her aged hand. Not a bite did she eat. As I spoke to her, my words were met by a benign but blank stare. I took the fork in hand and began to feed Melissa, talking all the time I did so about her service to boys and girls as a Primary worker. There wasn’t so much as a glimmer of recognition, far less a spoken word. Two other residents of the nursing home gazed at me with puzzled expressions. At last one of them spoke, saying, “Don’t talk to her. She doesn’t know anyone—even her own family. She hasn’t said a word in all the time she’s been here.”

Luncheon ended. My one-sided conversation wound down. I stood to leave. I held her frail hand in mine, gazed into her wrinkled but beautiful countenance, and said, “God bless you, Melissa. Merry Christmas.” Without warning, she spoke the words, “I know you. You’re Tommy Monson, my Primary boy. How I love you.” She pressed my hand to her lips and bestowed on it a sweet kiss filled with love. Tears coursed down her cheeks and bathed our clasped hands. Those hands that day were hallowed by heaven and graced by God. The herald angels did sing.

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The thought that never fails to stir my soul is the simple and sage advice: “Men should take care not to make women weep, for God counts their tears.”

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If you live in or near Salt Lake City, Utah, and you need a Christmas Concert to come to I have 2 of them for you! First head up to Ogden On December 18 to hear Utah Voices perform with the amazing Gentri (The Gentleman's Trio) Group. Dr. Michael Huff is fantastic and you should not miss this concert! Bring your friends and family! Gentri is wonderful, my High School Class Mate Casey Elliot sings in that group and they are phenomenal. Do not miss out!

Thursday, December 18, 2014
7:00pm
Weber State University Browning Center, Ogden Utah

Purchase Tickets here; http://intermountainhealthcare.org/hospitals/mckaydee/givingvolunteering/mckay-dee-foundation/events/jaynie-memorial/Pages/tickets.aspx


Also please come here my Choir The Salt Lake Choral Artists Concert Choir Performing under the Direction of the Great Dr. Brady Allred and The Men's & Women's Choirs under the Direction of Jane Fjelstead. 

O Magnum Mysterium Concert is at 7:30 pm Friday the 19 and Sat. the 20 at 7:30 PM in the Saint Ambrose Catholic Church 
1975 South 2300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

General Admission in $20 for Adults
Student Tickets with I.D. are $10 each
If you go to our website; http://www.eventbrite.com/e/o-magnum-mysterium-advent-and-christmas-music-through-the-ages-tickets-11665815769?aff=eorg
and type in the PROMO CODE; JOY you can receive a $5 discount on tickets.
If you purchase 5 tickets the 6th is free. 

Today I wrote Gratitude e-mails, or letters of Love to my Older Brother and his Family, to my Father and my Step-Mother and their Family, to my Mother, and to my Baby Brother and His beautiful Wife. I already feel like today has been extremely fulfilling.

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Please Come to My Concert for The Salt Lake Choral Artists Concert Choir on Dec 19 or 20 at 7:30 pm in Saint Ambrose Church in Salt Lake City. If you go to www.saltlakechoralartists.org and click on this event you can put in a Promo code of JOY to get a discount of 5 dollars. Student Discounts, student tickets are only $10, a pretty great deal! Normal Adult price is $20 per person. If you buy the tickets through me, you can get a discount as well.
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