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Red Edge Perspective: Lace Together Like A Rope

Red Edge Perspective: Lace Together Like A Rope

Today in church we explored a talk given recently by Elder David A. Bednar, “Gather Together in One All Things in Christ.” Elder Bednar, an apostle for the Chuch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shared the illustration of a rope as an essential tool with which all of us are familiar. “Ropes are made from strands of fabric, plants, wire, or other materials that are each individually twisted or braided together. Interestingly, substances that may be quite unexceptional can…

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Our Perfectly Imperfect Crew

Our Perfectly Imperfect Crew

I am most grateful on this Thanksgiving Day for the perfectly imperfect crew I call family. OUR PERFECTLY IMPERFECT CREW By Les Patterson Giggles, grins, and goof offs Sometimes even a scowl or two They are who we call family Our perfectly imperfect crew. Pictures are never perfect Nor are family meals Sometimes we fight and argue It’s all part of the deal. We signed up before we were born Getting what we knew not But change we never would Not…

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Patriotic Voices of the Next Generation

Patriotic Voices of the Next Generation

I wrap up this Veterans Day with gratitude for the voices of the next generation as expressed by the students at Sky View High School and North Park Elementary. Each group of students, from the youngest to the oldest, showed respect and appreciation for the group of veterans assembled. I was quite touched by this kind letter I received from one of the 5th-grade students at North Park. Note the wisdom expressed by this 5th grader! It will be my…

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As The Sun Doth Set

As The Sun Doth Set

Tonight’s gift from Cache Valley… AS THE SUN DOTH SET By Les Patterson Tonight’s fading sun Framed by dying leaves Echoes quietly Peace for those who grieve. As the sun doth set Closing out each day Though we bide for more Night won’t hold at bay. Same is true of life An ending doth come At some point for each No matter where from. Yet peace we can take Assurance be true The Son doth rise For me and for…

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What Do We Truly See?

What Do We Truly See?

What is it we truly see When we look upon others When we look upon ourselves? TO TRULY SEE By Les Patterson Be it the selfie Shining light on the moment Or a lifetime of moments Shining light on the true self. From each we choose What we wish to see And that which we see Is what we truly choose. Though others may observe Something not really there That which is really there Is what you will truly observe….

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Don’t Make It Too Hard

Don’t Make It Too Hard

A hymn we sang today in church reminded me of a backyard conversation I had several years ago with a neighbor. I was feeling a little overwhelmed that day by all the things I felt I was supposed to be doing to live my faith. My neighbor kindly listened then gently reminded me that the gospel is actually pretty simple. Don’t make it too hard he was telling me. That was the confirmation I felt today as we sang the hymn,…

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Favorite Fall

Favorite Fall

FAVORITE FALL By Les Patterson Fading sun Falling leaves Frosty morns Frigid eves. Friday night Football games Friendly fans Festive fame. Finger gloves Flannel shirts Flowing scarfs Fashion perks. Friendly kids Folksy shawls Feisty felines Favorite fall. Base Photo by Anshu A on Unsplash. Thoughts of inspiration come in many forms, and may be expressed in many ways. The collection of stories, essays, and poetry shared under Red Edge Perspective represents some of my personal efforts to Gain The Red Edge through creative expression. Thanks for letting me share.

Hopeful in Tragedy, United in Diversity

Hopeful in Tragedy, United in Diversity

How has your life changed because of the events of 9/11? Some of you weren’t old enough to remember that day. Others have since married, started families, changed careers, or moved homes. Life has moved forward, as it should. While we are concerned about the normal worries of everyday life, today we have the opportunity to pause for a moment of reflection. Perhaps you’ll connect with a few of my moments. MICHAEL ALLRED & RON WOOD Michael Allred was a…

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Introducing The Overcomers Magazine

Introducing The Overcomers Magazine

I’m excited to announce I was selected to have an article published in the inaugural edition of The Overcomers Magazine. The mission of The Overcomers Magazine, led by Jessica Sellers, is to “share key principles that will allow a person to overcome any hardship by following in the footsteps of those who have been through similar trials. None of these experiences are easy, but we desire to communicate hope in solutions.” To that end, of communicating in hope of solutions,…

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Separating Families is Bad Policy, Wrong, and Cruel

Separating Families is Bad Policy, Wrong, and Cruel

Separating families is bad policy, plainly wrong, and cruel. On the surface, it could seem “staying away” from the wall is the answer. Unfortunately, or perhaps, fortunately, it’s much more complicated than simply staying away from the wall. If I was a dad living in Mexico, and faced with a severely corrupt government, extreme poverty, violence on the street, sickness and disease, and no future, I would do everything I could to find something better. I would even walk across…

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