Sunday Reflections: It Is Well With My Soul

Sunday Reflections: It Is Well With My Soul

I was captivated the first time these soulful lyrics penetrated into my soul. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul. The enriching story flowed through my veins resonating with truth Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own…

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Monday Morning Boost: The Paradox of Stockdale

Monday Morning Boost: The Paradox of Stockdale

James Stockdale was a United States Navy vice admiral and aviator awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War. He was shot down over Vietnam and held captive for over seven years as the most senior naval officer in Hanoi, North Vietnam. Also of note, Stockdale was a candidate for Vice President of the United States in the 1992 presidential election, on Ross Perot’s independent ticket. Interviewed by Jim Collins for his landmark book “Good…

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Monday Morning Boost: Creating The Perfect S’More!

Monday Morning Boost: Creating The Perfect S’More!

One of the best ways to rejuvenate is to sit around a campfire and create the perfect S’More! That’s exactly what we are doing this Labor Day weekend, camping at Paris Spring on the Idaho side of Bear Lake, exploring the Ice Caves, and sitting around the campfire. We’ll hike a little, read a book or two, and sleep. We’ll listen to the creek gurgle and the birds call out to each other. Maybe we’ll even see some wildlife. Mostly,…

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Monday Morning Boost: Rising Through Struggle

Monday Morning Boost: Rising Through Struggle

Most people deal with struggle one way or the other in life. Trials will come our way, most likely quite often. Even those who from the outside seem like everything is going perfect for them, there’s high probability they are dealing with a personal struggle of some nature. Why do trials happen? Is there a reason? Or is it just life? Philosophers, pundits, and prophets have shared their collective wisdom. One such was Spencer W. Kimball, a prophet. I have…

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Sunday Reflections: A Worthless Speck In An Uncaring World

Sunday Reflections: A Worthless Speck In An Uncaring World

Have you ever felt like a “worthless speck in an uncaring world?” I know I have and it’s not a great feeling. Gratefully, I have been blessed by the incredible and beautiful greatness Elisa confidently sees in herself. Her love combined with the eternal love of our Heavenly Parents and our Savior Jesus Christ has helped me come to know there is no greater truth than the simple declaration: “I Am A Child Of God.” Have a beautiful Sunday! We…

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Monday Morning Boost: I Once Was A Fun Kid

Monday Morning Boost: I Once Was A Fun Kid

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso Children start out life with unabashed enthusiasm! They’ll try anything over and over and love it. They smile and laugh at the simplest things, get back up when they fall down, create masterpieces out of squiggles on the blank canvas of life. And, yes, they also cry pretty easily. I appreciate this thought from my friend Alyssa Ann who inspired…

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Sunday Reflections: Give, Said The Little Stream

Sunday Reflections: Give, Said The Little Stream

iIt’s the little things that really make a difference. Like being kind to others, lifting where you stand, and getting back up over and over. Mark Bennett is one who is a beautiful example of this. “Give,” said the little stream, “Give, oh! give, give, oh! give.” “Give,” said the little stream, As it hurried down the hill; “I’m small, I know, but wherever I go The fields grow greener still.” Mark is a neighbor, friend, and a church leader….

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Monday Morning Boost: See Past The Masks

Monday Morning Boost: See Past The Masks

I see past your mask. Not the face masks you may or not be wearing thanks to COVID19. I’m talking about the masks we wear throughout life, those that hide what we are really feeling. You know, the masks you wear that create the automated responses of “fine” when someone asks how you’re doing. The masks that hide your happiness and our sadness, that cover up your joy and heartache. Past your insecurities and your successes. Past your heartaches and…

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Sunday Reflections: Can’t Get Too Much Of A Good Thing!

Sunday Reflections: Can’t Get Too Much Of A Good Thing!

Journey with us back to the summer of 1988. On July 4th that year Elisa and I had our very first date. She asked me out after waiting several months for me to get the hint that she was interested. Our first date was a barbeque in “The Forest,” the wooded backyard of the McKinlay’s who lived next door to Elisa. We skipped out on the fireworks opting to watch the Sylvester Stalone arm wrestling movie, “Over the Top.” Something…

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Monday Morning Boost: My Personal Promise Proclamation

Monday Morning Boost: My Personal Promise Proclamation

“The Story I Most Consistently Create Will Be The Story To Most Consistently Come True. I Will Intentionally Create A Beautiful, Powerful, And Wonderful Story Of Greatness!” This you’ve just read is my┬áPersonal Promise Proclamation. You see it every week at the end of every Monday Morning Boost. Today, it’s time to bring it front and center. CREATING OUR STORY Creating our story is an intentional focus. It starts first with what consumes or occupies our thoughts. As Gandhi and…

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