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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"), and plays continuously over internet station "SOUNDS OF SUNDAY" (24/7) created by Ted and Kaylee Garling. Thanks to Tory Parkin for assisting with the streaming computer and computer technical support.

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The "Sounds of Sunday" 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” is a syndicated form of the "Sounds of Sunday" program, 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 400 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 or call Carl Watkins at & 208-785-5940. - David Watkins, webmaster - Read Our History


In the last "Saturday Night Live" episode of the year, Alec Baldwin’s faux-Donald Trump is handed a list of all the performers willing to participate at the presidential inauguration.

“They’re both great,” Baldwin says, as he looks at the tiny scrap of paper on which the names are written.

In contrast, the list of acts unwilling to appear would likely fill up a lengthy scroll, which is why the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s acceptance of President-elect Trump’s invitation has generated a great deal of controversy. When the news broke, my Facebook feed erupted with indignation, as many of my friends saw this as a de facto Mormon endorsement of Trump's controversial campaign.

I found the news somewhat depressing, not because I agree with that assessment, but rather because I recognize that this is how the choir’s performance will be interpreted by many. It shouldn’t be, as the choir has performed at five other inaugurations for presidents of both parties, beginning with Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson’s inauguration in 1965, according to a news release from the choir. If the choir had turned down Trump, that would be a partisan decision. It would also open the door to every appearance of the choir being viewed through a political lens, which would add an unnecessary complication to an organization that is committed to spreading goodwill across the globe, regardless of political affiliations.

Consider the choir’s appearance in Berlin in 1955, which required it to travel through Russian territory during the height of the Cold War. The performance took place roughly six years prior to the construction of the Berlin Wall, which means that many in attendance were ardent communists. Back then, it’s unlikely that anyone would have presumed that the choir’s visit behind the Iron Curtain should be interpreted as an endorsement of the Soviet Union or communism in general.

When the choir arrived at the Berlin train station, it was greeted by a German choir singing “For the Strength of the Hills” and “Let the Mountains Shout for Joy,” according to a blog post at The Berlin choir director turned to everyone in the station, and the crowd all joined in the singing. It was a memorable emotional outpouring that had a profound impact on all those present.

“I stood in the midst of that throng,” said Herold L. Gregory, who was serving as the East German LDS Mission president at the time, according to the blog post, “and I want you to know the tears would not be held back. I have never had a more glorious experience in my life. Here we were, these people of vastly different background and tradition, looking questioningly into the eyes of each other. … The singing was in two languages, yet there can be no doubt that the music was in one language, the language of the heart. To me, those few minutes at the station were as important and glorious as the concerts themselves.”

That kind of unity is evidence that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has a unique mission and purpose, which transcends the day-to-day mundanity of politics. That’s a kind of unity that our country sorely needs right now, particularly in light of a deeply divisive election season. Like it or not, Donald Trump is going to be the president of the United States and whether or not we agree with him, we need to find a way to come together as a nation and look for those things that can bring us together rather than tear us apart. If the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s appearance at the inauguration can help in that process, then it will be well worth it.

Marie Osmond is more than willing to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration -- he just needs to ask.

"I think when it comes to our country we need to unite," she told Yahoo. "I think we should all support our president whether we’re happy or sad. This is America."

Nicole Kidman says the country needs to get behind President Trump

[Marie], who has performed at previous presidential inaugurations including for Ronald Reagan in 1981, said she wants to set an example for her eight children.

"We should come together, and I think an inauguration should be a time to unite, it really should," she added.

Osmond's offer to perform comes in as reports continue about entertainers who have turned down the President-elect's request to perform at the inauguration on January 20.

Confirmed entertainers include 2010 "America's Got Talent" runner-up Jackie Evancho, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Radio City Rockettes.

The First Presidency has assigned Elder D. Todd Christofferson and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to represent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the U.S. presidential inauguration January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Their presence continues a tradition, going back more than a century, of Mormon leadership supporting and celebrating the process that makes possible the peaceful transfer of power.

“A presidential inauguration is a civic ceremony that transcends the person being inaugurated,” Elder Christofferson says. “It is an act of state, not of politics. Its primary purpose is for the president-elect to take the constitutionally required oath of office, and for the people by witnessing it to bind him to that oath. It is a time to reaffirm collectively the enduring principles that have sustained this country for over 200 years, including the peaceful transfer of power, which remains a remarkable event even in this modern world.”

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