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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 the internet at "Sounds of Sunday (24/7)."

Special thanks to Ted and Kaylee Garling who created the service, and to Tory Parkin for assistance with the streaming computer and technical support.

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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” 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 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 carlwatkins@gmail.com or call him at 208-785-5940. - David Watkins, webmaster.

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OCTOBER, 2017

From sea to shining sea, Christians in America are smiling — because President Donald Trump is bringing back the saying, “Merry Christmas” to our country.

Atheists were furious when Trump assured a high-profile gathering of Christian conservatives on Friday that his administration will defend religious organizations and promised a return to traditional American values.

“How times have changed, but you know what, now they are changing back again, just remember that,” Trump told the cheering crowd.

Trump, the first sitting president to address the Values Voter Summit, ticked off the promises he’s fulfilled to evangelical Christians and other conservatives, pledging to turn back the clock in what he described as a nation that has drifted away from its religious roots.

He slammed the use of the phrase “Happy Holidays” as a secular seasonal greeting meant to appeal to atheists and vowed to return “Merry Christmas” to the national language.

He noted, as Christian conservatives often do, that there are four references to the “creator” in the Declaration of Independence, saying that “religious liberty is enshrined” in the nation’s founding documents.

“I pledged that in a Trump administration, our nation’s religious heritage would be cherished, protected and defended like you have never seen before,” Trump said. “Above all else in America, we don’t worship government. We worship God.”

Trump praised his repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which limited political activity or endorsements by religious groups that received tax exemptions, as well as his administration’s effort to expand the rights of employers to deny women insurance coverage for birth control.

... But Trump also struck several empathetic notes, offering condolences to the victims of Las Vegas mass shooting and pledging support to the people of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico which have been ravaged by recent hurricanes.

His kind words for Puerto Rico also moved the audience. The island remains largely without power weeks after the storm.

... “Our values will endure. Our nation will thrive. Our citizens will flourish. And our freedom will triumph,” Trump said.

Trump has appeared at the Values Voters summit twice before. In 2015, with questions surrounding whether he would appeal to evangelicals over conservative candidates like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Trump held a Bible aloft and declared, “I believe in God. I believe in the Bible. I’m a Christian.’” ...


Friends, relatives, associates, and admirers gathered in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Friday, October 6, 2017, for the funeral services of Elder Robert D. Hales—an Apostle they remembered as a beloved husband, father, and unassailable servant in God’s kingdom.

Flags flew at half-staff at LDS temples, Church buildings, and university campuses the week after Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles passed away.

Following his death on October 1, 2017, Church leaders and members reflected on the leadership and ministry of the beloved Church leader.

During the 187th Semiannual General Conference for the Church on October 1—the same day Elder Hales died—President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency shared tribute to his friend and colleague of many years.

“We will miss him,” President Eyring said. “His wisdom and goodness have blessed our lives for many years. We express our love to his sweet wife and caregiver, Mary, and extend our heartfelt condolences to the family.”

Local politicians expressed their appreciation for the LDS Church leader. On the Senate floor the morning after Elder Hales died, Senator Orrin Hatch said, “Yesterday afternoon after decades of dedicated service as a minister of Jesus Christ, he completed his mortal mission and returned with honor to our heavenly home. The challenge he leaves behind is for all of us to do the same. ...

“While millions of us grieve his passing, we take peace and comfort in knowing that his service continues on the other side. I knew him very well, played golf with him, thought he was one of the greatest men in my life and I want to pay tribute to him and his family here today in front of the whole United States Senate and the country. He was one of the most worthwhile people I’ve ever met and we’re going to miss him.”

Utah Governor Gary Herbert said, “Jeanette and I join millions of people around the world in mourning the passing, and celebrating the life, of my friend Elder Robert D. Hales. I will always remember the honor of working alongside Elder Hales in efforts to lift and enhance some of our local institutions. He was always friendly. He was a man with no guile. I consider him an extraordinarily humble and spiritual leader. The state of Utah and its citizens are better because of his example and his personal ministry. He will be missed but not forgotten. My prayers are with his loving wife, Mary, and the Hales family at this time.”

Church members around the world have turned to social media sites to honor their beloved leader. While many posted a thought on their personal profiles online after hearing the news, a video about his life and legacy shared on Elder Hales’s Facebook page has been shared more than 12,380 times and has had more than 584,000 views. Hundreds of comments have been posted sharing tributes and condolences.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement Monday: To all of those affected by the horrific events in Las Vegas, we offer our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers. We pray for those who are mourning the loss of loved ones and for those who are seeking to recover from the physical and emotional wounds they are suffering. May God bless them with the peace and comfort only He can provide in such tragic and heartbreaking moments.

Latter-day Saints in the Las Vegas area recoiled in horror Sunday after learning their city had become the site of the most deadly shooting spree in U.S. history.

Their second response? Let’s get busy and help.

Just hours after the tragedy, Mormons across Nevada’s Clark County and beyond were mobilizing to do all they could to offer relief and a bit of hope to shooting victims, their families, first responders, and hospital workers.

The Church members who spoke to the Church News were hesitant to draw attention to themselves. Their ongoing efforts, they said, are simply part of a much larger, unified relief effort that’s come to define Las Vegas in the hours and days following the shooting.

“There have been so many people stepping forward to help all across Las Vegas,” said Dee Moody.

On the morning after the shooting, Moody was perusing social media and found a request for nonperishable food items at the local Ronald McDonald House. The charitable organization was delivering sack lunches to shooting victims and their loved ones at area hospitals. They needed food immediately.

Utilizing texts, phone calls, and her own social media channels, Moody began asking folks in her Mormon congregation to contribute to the Ronald McDonald House food effort.

“By 3 p.m., we had raised about $900,” she said.

One of the Relief Society sisters from her ward rushed to a nearby Sam’s Club with the donated cash and stocked up on food, filling her Suburban. A short time later, the donated goods were being unloaded at the Ronald McDonald House, ready for distribution at the hospitals.

“We have six wards in our stake, and I know each of those units were doing something,” she added.

Las Vegas resident Whitney Walker had trouble sleeping Sunday after hearing initial reports of the mass violence in her city. “I had gone to a concert on the Strip the night before with two of my children, so it really hit home.”

On Monday morning she learned there was a need for blood donations. She hustled to a blood bank operating in North Las Vegas. What she witnessed there offered a sliver of hope at an otherwise miserable moment.

“There were people lined up around buildings; they were all there just to try and save a life,” she said.

Walker is the Relief Society president of the Waterfall Ward in Las Vegas. She recognized several fellow Mormons waiting in the blood donation line that was made up of people from many racial, religious, and social backgrounds.

“There were all types of people, but we were together for the same purpose. We just wanted to try and help.”

To pass the time, people waiting in line took turns decorating lunch sacks with bright, hopeful images. The colorful customized sacks were used later that day for the Ronald McDonald House sack lunches.

By late afternoon Monday, the blood bank coordinators announced they had received all the blood they needed.


September 20, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. MDT - The Church issued the following statement on the Mexico City earthquake: We have confirmed that all missionaries in the region affected by Tuesday's earthquake in Mexico have been contacted and are safe. Mission presidents have been in contact with families to let them know they are well. Missionary apartments in several missions sustained damage, including a few that are now uninhabitable. Missionaries are eager to participate in the cleanup efforts and will do so as they are able to safely engage. Several Latter-day Saint chapels were also impacted, and teams are assessing the extent of the damage. We continue to pray for the people of Mexico as they recover from this serious earthquake.

In the Aftermath of Hurricane Irma, President Henry B. Eyring visited residents of San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas September 15, 2017.

In San Juan, an area less damaged than St. Thomas, debris was noticeably less visible thanks to pre-storm preparation.

“Our driver thought it was a Puerto Rico miracle,” President Eyring said. “He said they had the thing cleaned up immediately. Really amazing.”

“I was with some people [today] who lost a great deal,” he said. “I looked in their eyes and I could see that these apparently ordinary people were on the rock of the Lord Jesus Christ. They saw the light even in the darkness. And so, things for them will work out. Whatever it takes, they will rebuild. And they will not just rebuild their houses and their businesses. What they will build is a love of the Lord Jesus Christ and a feeling that no matter what comes, they will feel cheerful and confident."

President Eyring and other Church leaders continued their travels Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, 2017, offering love and support in Florida to those hit hard by Hurricane Irma.


A week after Hurricane Irma cut a devastating southwest-to-northeast swath through the state of Florida, President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, followed a similar direction, spreading a message of love, appreciation, and hope through his words and his presence.

“That’s why you come,” President Eyring told the Church News while stopping to salute a crew of volunteers sporting the bright-yellow Mormon Helping Hands T-shirts while removing fallen trees and limbs and debris enveloping a Naples, Florida, residence Saturday afternoon, September 16.

The intent, he explained, is to try and extend the feeling that the Lord is with them and appreciates and admires them. “I think the people here feel that,” he said. “And so by coming, I think I helped them feel it.”


If you live in the area surrounding the Houston disaster and feel you have skills or resources that would be helpful for the relief effort in Houston, you may register as a volunteer in the LDS Charities—Hurricane Harvey Disaster Recovery project on JustServe.org. You may also email HarveyRelief@ldschurch.org, or call (832) 736-4655.

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


The National Solar Eclipse - August 21, 2017

Idaho Falls, Rigby, Rexburg, and St. Anthony, Idaho received 100% of the solar eclipse.

Meridian, Idaho near Boise received 99% of the solar eclipse - viewed at the top of the Meridian Temple - Jim Harmer.



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