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Monday Morning Boost: 33 Years of Valentine’s Love

Monday Morning Boost: 33 Years of Valentine’s Love

The love I feel on Valentine’s Day starts with the love of my life. It will be 33 years this Thursday, February 17, when we officially started this journey of love. Through this journey we’ve added more Valentine’s into our life, more balloons to carry us forward with determination and upward with love. The balloons of love expanded as our family grew, with experiences and trials, and through the generous gifts of life. Sometimes balloons may deflate or pop, yet…

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Monday Moring Boost: My Greatest Fear…

Monday Moring Boost: My Greatest Fear…

I have been granted the gift of life. My heart that tried to stop working daily for seven weeks has been repaired and is functioning well. My lungs that did stop working when a blood clot showed up are healing as my blood flows as it should. My greatest fear is that I will forget this miraculous gift. History is full of proof, from individuals to complete civilizations, we are quick to forget such miraculous experiences. The gift of life…

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Get To Know Les Time!

Get To Know Les Time!

HI, I’M LES PATTERSON. I’m a storyteller and a poet, a leader, a connector, and a business owner. I’m a veteran. I’m a husband, father, and grandfather. Those are some of the important roles in my life. As for me… Well, I’m a person of greatness who strives to make a difference in life. I strive to live my Power of Three personal promises to 1) create a new story, 2) to get back up every time, no matter what,…

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Monday Morning Boost: Honoring Our Gold Star Families

Monday Morning Boost: Honoring Our Gold Star Families

As we approach Independence Day, I pause to honor the families of the “heroes proved,” they who sacrificed their all for the liberties and freedom we hold most dear. We call those families “Gold Star Families.” GOLD STAR FAMILIES These are the Gold Star families I am most closely connected with. Brett & Zell Allred, parents of Michael Allred Ron & Jody Wood, parents of Ronald Tanner Wood Colette Orchard, widow ofย Clyde Kramme Jennie Taylor, widow of Brent Taylor I…

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Honoring Those Who Stood To Defend ~ North Logan Memorial Day Program

Honoring Those Who Stood To Defend ~ North Logan Memorial Day Program

Nestled throughout the sacred grounds of the North Logan Memorial Park are several military veterans who lie at rest. Vern Russell James and Norman Ray Sunderland are two of them, both veterans of the Korea War. Frank Boyer Salisbury is a veteran of World War II. And Army Sergeant First Class Hughby F. Barker is a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Each of these veterans is the reason we are here today. We honor and remember each…

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Red Edge Perspective: We Must Have The Uncomfortable Conversations

Red Edge Perspective: We Must Have The Uncomfortable Conversations

Over the years I have come to realize it’s crucial we learn how to confidently talk about the uncomfortable, especially those things which make us different… Race and sexual orientation, politics and religion, mistakes of the past and of the present. Asking sincere and respectful questions, listening with a strong desire to understand, and having real conversations will create real understanding, build real connections, and foster real relationships. Such conversations are needed now in Cache Valley. I’m grateful for those…

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Red Edge Insight: Utah Is ‘The Place’ Once Again

Red Edge Insight: Utah Is ‘The Place’ Once Again

Rumors are starting to circulate alleging the reason Utah housing prices are skyrocketing is that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is attempting to control who lives here. It may be easy to believe such hyperbole in our current state of hyper conspiracy theories where we seek only to spew forth vitriol against anything we disagree with rather than validate claims or do our own research. Fortunately, even a cursory look at market activity will show the reality…

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For The Gold Star Families

For The Gold Star Families

FOR THE GOLD STAR FAMILIES By Les Patterson Upon the altars of Freedom Their lives young and Old Willingly given as a lasting Sacrifice By the courageous and the Bold In honor and eternal Memory May we forever never Forget If not for their sworn Allegiance Each of us would face the Threat We stand today in solemn Honor In frigid weather or sweltering Heat Even in pristine and ideal Conditions Our circumstances can not be Beat We live today…

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Sunday Reflections: Beautiful Savior Our Easter Gift

Sunday Reflections: Beautiful Savior Our Easter Gift

From the darkness of Golgotha on Good Friday, to the miraculous triumph of Resurrection Sunday, we celebrate with you the gift of Easter, the gift of hope and everlasting peace brought to each of us through the Atonement and Resurrection of our Beautiful Savior Jesus Christ. ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽผ Fair is the sunshine, Fairer the moonlight And all the stars in heav’n above; Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer And brings to all the world his love. ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽผ When the sting of…

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An Empty Nesters Christmas

An Empty Nesters Christmas

Elisa and I are experiencing our first Christmas in 30 years sleeping in with no kids jumping on the bed (or softly knocking on the door as they got older). Even our very first Christmas morning we were blessed to already have our first child, our son Cody who was born on December 23rd. We brought home on Christmas Eve in a stocking large enough to swaddle him. As empty nesters we experience a range of emotions, missing our kiddos…

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