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Sunday Reflections: “God Bless The U.S.A.”

Sunday Reflections: “God Bless The U.S.A.”

Few words echo the united feeling we have as Americans more than Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The U.S.A.” Especially in times of tragedy. Written and released in 1983, the patriotic anthem has found new meaning over the last nearly forty years. “It keeps having a different kind of life,” Lee Greenwood said of his signature song. “I mean during the Gulf War, it was a song of the war for General Schwarzkopf. After Hurricane Katrina, it was a song for…

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Sunday Reflections: Remembering Julia, Our Beautiful Lower Light

Sunday Reflections: Remembering Julia, Our Beautiful Lower Light

Elisa’s mother Julia, who finished her mortal journey four years ago tomorrow, loved lighthouses. She had several throughout her home including paintings and figurines. The chorus of one of her most favorite hymns, “Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy,” includes the line, “let the lower lights be burning”. Let the lower lights be burning; Send a gleam across the wave. Some poor fainting, struggling seaman You may rescue, you may save. I have sung this hymn for years without knowing, until a few…

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Sunday Reflections: Fighting The Voices In Your Mind

Sunday Reflections: Fighting The Voices In Your Mind

Who do you turn to when the voices in your mind keep saying you are not enough? How do you find strength when the lies of the world create ugly truths for your reality? Who is your source of hope and light during the darkest of days? “I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up Am I more than just the sum of every high and…

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SUNDAY REFLECTIONS: HOW ARE YOU A PIONEER OF FAITH?

SUNDAY REFLECTIONS: HOW ARE YOU A PIONEER OF FAITH?

Pioneer Day is a holiday celebrated here in Utah to commemorate the arrival of the Mormon Pioneers to what was a desert land in 1847. Those Pioneers made the arduous journey at great sacrifice traveling mostly by wagons and handcarts. We honor their journey of faith and devotion. Their incredible effort to live their faith prompts the question of what it takes to be a pioneer of faith today. As a primary song of our youth teaches… You don’t have to…

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Sunday Reflections: Who We Surround Ourselves With Matters

Sunday Reflections: Who We Surround Ourselves With Matters

We spend a significant portion of our adult life surrounded by the people we work with and those we associate with through our professional pursuits. You most likely spend a lot of time with your coworkers, maybe even more time than with your own family and friends. These connections and the environment within which you work will directly impact the way you feel about yourself. From Proverbs we learn, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a…

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Sunday Reflections: Honoring Heroes Proved

Sunday Reflections: Honoring Heroes Proved

As we honor those heroes proved They who liberate from strife They who more than self Their country loved We honor also those heroes proved They who liberate from turmoil Our hearts and souls in strife They who loved us enough We honor those with pilgrim feet Who chart the path of freedom For those bound by repression Shackled by the vices of life We honor those who dare to dream Who see beyond their limitations They who create majestic…

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Sunday Reflections – A Memorial Day Special From The Hyde Park, Utah, Cemetery

Sunday Reflections – A Memorial Day Special From The Hyde Park, Utah, Cemetery

Nestled on the east side of the cemetery in Hyde Park, Utah, lies the little-known grave of Civil War veteran Joseph Cain. According to his headstone, Cain was a private in Company B of the 50th Regiment in the Illinois Infantry. He was born September 30, 1841, and died February 16, 1907. I first learned of Private Cain through Hyde Park neighbor Dorothy Cook Izatt. Cain was a friend of her grandfather when her father was a kid. Click here…

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Sunday Reflections: Easter, He Is Risen

Sunday Reflections: Easter, He Is Risen

He who was crucified on the cruel cross of Calvary, whose lifeless body was then laid in a borrowed sepulcher, is also He who rose on the third day. He is risen! He is risen! Tell it out with joyful voice. He has burst his three days’ prison; Let the whole wide earth rejoice. Death is conquered; man is free. Christ has won the victory. Apostles and disciples of old proclaimed Christ had won the victory over the sting of death….

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Sunday Reflections: Faith In Every Footstep

Sunday Reflections: Faith In Every Footstep

What does it mean to you to have “Faith In Every Footstep”? For the pioneers crossing the plains, it meant exercising their faith to literally put one foot in front of the other, mile after mile, day after day. They faced horrible conditions, often were separated from loved ones, suffered illness and even death. Our footsteps today may be different, but the faith our journey requires to walk those footsteps is just as important. Especially this past year. Quarantine, sickness,…

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