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Author: Les Patterson

Monday Morning Boost: Why We Take Pictures

Monday Morning Boost: Why We Take Pictures

Sometimes pictures are just pictures. Then sometimes, pictures piece together a story of family, generations, special occasions, and love. Such was the story Saturday when our family gathered to celebrate a baby to come for Rebecca and Taylor. Baby Boy Call, due to arrive July 16th, will be the first grandchild for Taylor’s parents Todd and Anita Call and the second grandchild for Elisa and me. Sometimes pictures capture important moments, like when soon-to-be new mother Rebecca opened a gift…

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Monday Morning Boost: Perfectly Imperfect Miraculous Mothers

Monday Morning Boost: Perfectly Imperfect Miraculous Mothers

Nature is full of miraculous examples of mother animals caring for their young. Orangutan mothers, for example, watch over their young for six to seven years, creating one of the strongest motherly bonds found in nature. Polar bear mothers also generally spend two years with their offspring, even digging dens into deep snow drifts to keep their cubs protected from the harsh winters. African baby elephants are raised in a matriarchal society where other females help a calf get up…

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Monday Morning Boost: Baghdad to Beijing to Rio

Monday Morning Boost: Baghdad to Beijing to Rio

Melissa Stockwell’s journey to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2016 Olympics in Rio began in Baghdad on April 13, 2004. A first lieutenant in the US Army, Stockwell was just three weeks into her deployment when a roadside bomb blew up her Humvee while she was leading a convoy in Baghdad. The explosion caused her to lose her left leg which gave her the infamous honor of being the first female soldier to lose a limb in the…

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Every Soul Is Free

Every Soul Is Free

Though our journey through life feels much like an uncharted course on a storm-tossed sea, I strive to tap into several aspects of the beautiful, multi-dimensional concept called faith. I have faith in a God who I connect to as a loving Father who’s guidance and strength I rely on. I have faith in a religion which helps me draw closer to a God I see as my Heavenly Father. I have faith in the goodness of people, those in…

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Monday Morning Boost: Return to Hope, Find Peace

Monday Morning Boost: Return to Hope, Find Peace

I gently held her hand which was no longer warm. I kissed her forehead now rigid to the touch. My tears softly dripped onto her cold cheeks. Heaven received its newest angelThe day we lost our loveI guess they must have needed herTo watch us from above My heart broke as I said goodbye to my cousin Kenzie, the young girl I wrote about last week who died after giving birth to her baby boy. This beautiful girl, who I…

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Monday Morning Boost: O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?

Monday Morning Boost: O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?

A beautiful mother brought a beautiful baby into this beautiful world. Then not long thereafter, that beautiful mother departed this beautiful world. Kenzie Schear is my cousin. Technically, she’s my first cousin once removed. Her dad Gordy Patterson and I were best cousins and best friends growing up. When Kenzie came into this world it was my honor to hold her in my arms and give her a name and blessing, a tradition in my faith similar to a christening….

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Monday Morning Boost: The Return of Tiger!

Monday Morning Boost: The Return of Tiger!

Tiger Woods performance yesterday at The Masters demonstrated what it means to get back up when you have been knocked down by adversity, failed in the face of pressure, and tripped and fallen all on your own. And in doing so, he made history with his first major championship since 2008 and his fifth Green Jacket for winning at the Masters. THE BACK STORY Tiger Woods’ story is one for the books. Many have been written, along with a plethora…

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Monday Morning Boost: “Mister! Mister! Chocolatte! Chocolatte!”

Monday Morning Boost: “Mister! Mister! Chocolatte! Chocolatte!”

A military trip to Iraq helped me understand when we know WHY we do something, things will always work better. It was 2004 and I was headed to Iraq with Utah Army National Guard. While preparing to deploy, our battalion chaplain Major John Worster, a Catholic Priest from Idaho, encouraged us to find out our reason for going. “Uncle Sam has ordered you to go,” he said. “But you need to find your own reason.” His purpose became the hope…

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Monday Morning Boost: Spring Break Rejuvenation

Monday Morning Boost: Spring Break Rejuvenation

It’s Spring Break here in Cache Valley. Flocks of people tired of the cold (we had snow last week) are flying the coop headed for the warmer turfs of St. George, Vegas, Disneyland, and Hawaii. Of course, there are plenty of us sticking with the herd content to graze upon whatever Mother Nature dishes out. WHAT ARE YOUR SPRING BREAK PLANS? Are you traveling by car, plane, or maybe train or boat? Are you enjoying a staycation at home? Or,…

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Monday Morning Boost: Rise With a Smile

Monday Morning Boost: Rise With a Smile

I used to wonder how much more get-up-and-go I had. But not anymore. Every time I think I can’t get up again, I find energy comes from within that allows me to get up and do incredible things. Like getting up when knocked down by doubt and discouragement. Like rising when I trip over the same obstacles again and again. Like falling flat on my face when my energetic enthusiasm runs faster than my legs have strength. That’s an incredible…

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