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5 great local volunteer opportunities for teens

(Photo courtesy LDS.org Media Library) Teenagers are walking paradoxes — they can simultaneously be the most difficult children to get along with and the family members most capable of good. They can be angsty and moody or hardworking and [...]

When you need to send your missionary Christmas package

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — that magical month of family, shopping, snow, sleigh bells, Santa Claus and missionary phone calls. But if you want your missionary to open his or her gifts before you talk to him on Christmas [...]

More than winter blues: When to seek help for depression

Everyone experiences feelings of depression from time to time. But clinical depression is an illness caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain — as real an illness as cancer or diabetes. And that means Utah is very sick. According to the [...]
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5 Christ-centered Thanksgiving traditions

Thanksgiving — complete with food, football and festivities — is the unofficial kickoff to the American holiday season. A day of gratitude is just the ticket to starting off the merriest time of the year. But a spirit of gratitude shouldn’t [...]

4 money-saving tricks to get the most out of your paycheck this holiday season

In an effort to save her family money, Melea Johnson fell into a full-time job blogging about deals. Five years later not only has Freebies2Deals.com been voted the No. 1 Local Deals Site by the readers of Utah Valley Magazine and UtahValley360.com, [...]

Farm to fork: Utah Valley’s power picker in the fruit industry

Foodie Fact Want another healthy bite? Check out this Q&A with Scott Smith. Fruit costumers go crazy for… Our customers go nuts for a variety of cherry called Utah Giant.    Favorite Local Restaurant  Mama Chu’s or Magleby’s Family [...]
Community Action feature

Circles and Bridges helping people out of poverty with mentors

Getting people out of poverty is about getting back to our roots — before there were societal safety nets like food banks and shelters there were neighbors helping neighbors. And that’s the model Community Action is using in Utah County. Several [...]
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Survey: How clean is your house?

UtahValley360.com is trying to find out the cleaning habits of Utah Valley residents. Please take this anonymous survey — it shouldn’t take more than two minutes — and we’ll share the results with you in the next month. View [...]
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6 pieces of popular parental advice you should ignore

Today’s moms have plenty of opportunities to compare themselves to other seemingly perfect moms, both in person and on social media. Unfortunately, such comparisons leave many moms positive they are the only moms who feed their kids non-nutritious [...]
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BYU, BYU–I and BYU-H: A side-by-side comparison of Church schools

Thousands of college-age members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attend a church-owned university, and thousands more high school seniors are preparing to apply for admittance next fall. At every Church-owned university, [...]
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In the writing room with ‘Studio C’

BYUtv’s hit sketch comedy show “Studio C” is making millions of people laugh. But we wanted to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring an episode to the screen. Is it all fun and games? “That’s actually pretty [...]
Young women ages 12 and 13 in the Church are known as Beehives. Read below to find out why. (Photo courtesy LDS.org Media Library.)

A peculiar parlance: Origins of 13 unique Church terms

Unlike other Christians, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints call the ordinance of eating bread and water in remembrance of Christ the “sacrament,” not “communion.” We also call our local congregations [...]
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Reaching hearts: Utah County Christian minister helps others follow Jesus

There is no shortage of religion in Utah County. But Nathanial Wall, a Lehi resident and follower of Jesus, is considered a minority: He’s one of Utah Valley’s 0.5 percent who identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. Wall’s upbringing [...]
Petitt Airforce Feature

BYU fighter jet pilot shares how to honor our veterans and talks about flying upside-down

September 11th was a day of indescribable tragedy that affected Americans and the rest of the world. It was also the day Kyle Petitt decided he was going to join the United States Air Force. Both of Petitt’s parents served in the Air Force, [...]
UVU culinary feature

Turning up the heat: Peter Sproul cooks up experience at UVU

Want a little food for thought? Check out this Q&A with Peter Sproul. Food Roots I’m half French and half Sicilian, so I definitely grew up in a house where family time was centered around food. Best Meal You’ve Ever Eaten  A [...]

6 positive themes in Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6′

Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ came to theaters this week, bringing with it a cast of unlikely heroes, notorious villains and one adorable robot. But within the entertaining plot of “Big Hero 6″ lay uplifting themes and [...]
Scott Smith, owner of Smith Orchards, shared his family recipe for Peach Upside Down Cake. (Stock Photo)

Recipe: Utah Peach Upside Down Cake

Ingredients: 1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp. butter ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar 5 large freestone peaches, halved, pitted and peeled 4 eggs 1 tsp. almond extract 1 cup flour 1 tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. salt 1 cup sugar  Directions: 1. Preheat [...]
Chef Peter Sproul shared his Roast Butternut Squash and Fall Vegetable Soup recipe. (Photo courtesy Peter Sproul)

Recipe: Roast Butternut Squash & Fall Vegetable Soup

Ingredients: Yield 2 – 2 ½ Quarts Ingredients- Mise en Place 2 T                   Vegetable Oil 2 ea.                Onion, medium, cut into small dice 1 ea.                 Butternut Squash, large, [...]
June Williamson, who runs the blog happythaigirl.com and has a book coming out with Cedar Fort Press next year, gave us her recipe for Red Thai Curry. (Photo by Leah Aldous)

Recipe: Red Thai Curry

Ingredients: 1 lb chicken (skinless, boneless, sliced, approx. 1-2 breasts, can also use beef, pork) 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 2 Tbsp curry paste (red or green, hot: 3-4 tbsp) 1 can coconut cream 1 cup bamboo shoots (sliced) 1 cup green beans or [...]
Aqua Fresca is served at Masa in Lindon. This recipe comes from Vivian Delgado. (Photo by Leah Aldous)

Recipe: Agua Fresca

Ingredients: Agua Fresca 4 Pineapples 4 Mangoes or 6 Peaches Fresh Organic Mint Instructions: Slice the skin off of the Pineapple and core. Cube fruit. Peel Mango or peel Peaches & remove seeds. Place fruit into large Blendtec jar up to [...]