Monday Morning Boost: “More Worthy Than Their Own Tomorrows”

Monday Morning Boost: “More Worthy Than Their Own Tomorrows”

Is what you believe so important that other people would willingly sacrifice their tomorrows for your beliefs? On this Day of Independence, that is the powerful question asked of each of us by Army Staff Sgt. David G. Bellavia, our Nation’s first living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions that occurred during the Iraq War. The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest medal for valor in combat awarded to members of the Armed Forces. His official citation, reads,…

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Monday Morning Boost: What Is Love?

Monday Morning Boost: What Is Love?

Thoughts, words, and stories are synonymous for me. Each influences the other. And each influences our behavior and actions. The more intentional we are about each, the more intentional we will be about where we put our energy, and the more intentional the results we will create in every area of life. That’s why I use words like Greatness, Empowering, Success, Service, Intentional, Consistency, etc. Each word means something significant. And this is why I intentionally and consistently use the…

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Monday Morning Boost: Honoring Giant Dads

Monday Morning Boost: Honoring Giant Dads

Can a broken dad still be a great dad? This is a valid question, and one without an easy answer. Here’s my simple answer… You are a great dad even if part of you is broken. You are a great dad even if you’re not a great dad every day. You are a great dad even if you make mistakes and fall down. The greatness comes with the mending and the fixing, with trying to better tomorrow, with getting back…

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Monday Morning Boost: Flying Legends of Victory

Monday Morning Boost: Flying Legends of Victory

This week Lawrence Gallaher took his “final ride” on the first vehicle he ever “drove”…  a B-17 bomber… at the Logan Cache Airport, the same place he first stepped into the pilot’s seat seven decades earlier. We learned of Lawrence’s story (I hope I’m spelling his name correctly) from his son Richard (in the picture with Elisa and me) at an exhibit of the “Flying Legends of Victory Tour” featuring restored B-25 and B-17 bombers. Richard was one of the…

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SUNDAY REFLECTIONS: Our Country’s Amazing Grace

SUNDAY REFLECTIONS: Our Country’s Amazing Grace

As the sun gently disappeared over the desert horizon, a group of soldiers soon headed to war gathered to pray. Though we came from different faiths, including those with no faith traditions, we felt united in brotherhood. It was my duty as the Ministry Team Leader for our unit to lead and arrange these times we could gather in worship and prayer. That night it was also my honor to share a few words. Though I have long since forgotten…

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Monday Morning Boost: It’s Good To Celebrate My Birthday!

Monday Morning Boost: It’s Good To Celebrate My Birthday!

Our family has a longstanding birthday tradition where each member of the family shares something they like about the birthday person. We start with the youngest and work up to the oldest, which is always me… except when it’s my birthday! This birthday tradition started when our kiddos were quite young and continued pretty regularly until they left home. The tradition started to fizzle for those kids who have moved away from home, though we would easily pick it back…

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Sunday Reflections: I Am A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief

Sunday Reflections: I Am A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief

A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief is my most favorite hymn and is the first one I learned to play on the piano. It’s also the only one I still know how to play! It was also the favorite hymn of the Prophet Joseph Smith who was martyred on June 27, 1844, at the age of 38. I penned the following words today in tribute to each of us who have been both the “man of grief” and the one…

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Monday Morning Boost: Glen Ogden & The Miracle at Kapyeong

Monday Morning Boost: Glen Ogden & The Miracle at Kapyeong

On May 26, 1951, Glen Ogden was a young 19 year old soldier fighting in the Korean War during one of the most decisive victories in military history, the Battle of Kapyong. For those of us who know of the story, that day is better known as the Miracle at Kapyong. On that day in 1951, 240 soldiers of the Utah Army National Guard’s 213th Field Artillery Battalion engaged a brigade-size force of more than 4000 Chinese infantry. Trained as…

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Monday Morning Boost: Enjoy the Moment Esquire, Then Get Uncomfortable

Monday Morning Boost: Enjoy the Moment Esquire, Then Get Uncomfortable

After three years of law school at Marquette University in Milwaukee, our son-in-law Taylor walked across the stage Saturday and receive his diploma. The Honorable Elizabeth B. Prelogar, Solicitor General of the United States, was the commencement speaker. I jotted down the following 9 key points she shared as counsel for the graduates as they finish one journey and start the next. Work where you have people to learn from. Know that you will make mistakes, and that’s okay. What…

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Monday Morning Boost: The Magic of T.E.A.M.

Monday Morning Boost: The Magic of T.E.A.M.

A leader who creates magic is one to follow. A leader who empowers you to create your own magic is next level. A leader who empowers everyone to work together so we all achieve magic is truly a servant leader. This is the type of leader Cheryl Knowlton is. She will be stepping in as president of the Mountain West chapter of the National Speakers Association. We gathered in the beautiful Salt Lake Valley this past Saturday for our annual…

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