Monday Morning Boost: Change Your Thinking Change Your Life

Monday Morning Boost: Change Your Thinking Change Your Life

I was sorting through a cart full of books at a library several years ago when a few books haphazardly stacked on the top shelf fell over. As I restacked them onto the cart, one title grabbed my attention. “Change Your Thinking Change Your Life.” At the time I was struggling with a perpetual feeling of darkness and low self-worth and I was looking for something that would help raise my spirits. This self-help book by Brian Tracy ended up being exactly what the…

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Gain the Red Edge: Interregnum

Gain the Red Edge: Interregnum

Increasing our vocabulary is a great way to #GainTheRedEdge! Today’s new word: Interregnum (in·ter·reg·num) “a period when normal government is suspended, especially between successive reigns or regimes, an interval or pause.” Today’s word came to me in this Deseret News article referring to the time period between the death of President Monson and the next first presidency is officially in place. During this interim, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being led by the Quorum of the…

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Pressing Forward In Faith and Love

Pressing Forward In Faith and Love

There are some things in life worth putting forth the strong effort required to find out if they should be important in your life. For me, the reality of prophets is one of those. I recently shared the struggle I had to obtain my own personal answer President Thomas S. Monson was to be our prophet. It was a long struggle over several years with a very consistent effort to get that answer. Maybe that’s why my heart was so…

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POEM: Thinly Veiled Language

POEM: Thinly Veiled Language

THINLY VEILED LANGUAGE That which adorns Be it of little or great worth Speaks out loudly Vain or humble first impressions. But that which resides deep within Speaks most clearly Thinly veiled language of our heart Connecting us. Inspired by this beautiful and wonderful experience of Allison Hildebrandt Larsen.

POEM: To Fiddlers’ Green

POEM: To Fiddlers’ Green

To Fiddlers’ Green Go rest ye now ol’ Sergeant Low Though on the battle rages still Your artillerymen are fed Well supplied to shell yonder hill. Beyond Heaven’s Pearly Gates And ‘Halfway down the trail to hell’ To Fiddlers’ Green your soul departs Dip now your canteen in that well. This King of Battle quiet now Run well you have life’s mortal race Eternal life doth beckoned you Enter into His loving grace. Written in memoriam of Staff Sergeant Greg…

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Gain The Red Edge: How We Choose To Remember

Gain The Red Edge: How We Choose To Remember

My dad would have turned 78 today. As I think about him, I choose to remember the overall impact he had on my life. There were both difficult moments and beautiful times. Each influenced who I am. Through it all, I’m grateful for his incredible love and example of hard work and never giving up. I believe part of the gift of remembering someone who has passed away on special occasions, like their birthday, holidays, or the anniversary of their…

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Monday Morning Boost: RIP Staff Sergant Greg Low

Monday Morning Boost: RIP Staff Sergant Greg Low

Staff Sergeant Greg Low had a trademark mustache. White and bushy and never within Army regulations. SSgt. Low never let regulations get in the way of taking care of a soldier. He was one of the first men I met when I transferred to the Logan Army National Guard unit in 2000. He was the fulltime supply sergeant. There are two men you never wanted to get on the bad side of in the Army. Your first sergeant and your…

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To The Rescue

To The Rescue

I had the blessing as a young child to simply believe. When things were taught to me by my parents, I could believe. When things were taught to me by teachers and religious leaders, I could believe. It was really that simple. It was simple faith. It was also as a child I learned how to pray to God for confirmation of those things I simply believed. I discovered how seeking and pondering could lead to understanding. I discovered prayer…

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Tina Talks Truth About Healing After Suicide Loss

Tina Talks Truth About Healing After Suicide Loss

Healing after losing my brother Shane to suicide came in the form of a gift and process. Part of that healing process was choosing to share my experience. I believe #TalkingAboutItMatters. And talking about it helps me Gain the Red Edge. I was recently invited to share Shane’s story with a larger audience when I was interviewed by Tina Levene with the Tina Talks Truth radio program. Tina is an author, speaker, radio host and a respected voice in the worldwide…

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Monday Morning Boost: Finding My Smile

Monday Morning Boost: Finding My Smile

Smiling for the camera energizes me, lightens my stress load, is a lot of fun, and helps me Gain The Red Edge! I know what you’re thinking… Getting your picture taken isn’t really fun. But it can be. I promise you! We had our family pictures taken on Christmas Eve and it was fun. I mean, it was a LOT OF FUN!!! But I didn’t always think so. You see, there was a time I was too ugly for picture taking…

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