9/11 and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Even now it seems strange that America’s worst day in my lifetime turned out to be one of the most spiritual — a day that is remembered with a deep sense of reverence by thousands in my profession from all across the country, most of whom are not members of the LDS Church. Added to the indelible imprint left by the horrors of 9/11 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.

Even today, people from distant cities light up when they find out I’m from Utah, almost always starting with, “Were you …” and I know that they’re going to ask about the concert. Here’s how it happened.

For the past 33 years, I have worked in financial services and life insurance — mostly as a trainer and home office support person, but also as an agent. I love my career and the financial security our efforts provide for families and businesses. One of the ways we work to maintain the integrity of our craft is to belong to the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers (NAIFA). This year, I will serve as the president of the Salt Lake affiliate.

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