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Church members can answer Elder Bednar's call to "Share Goodness" using readily available resources. (Photo courtesy LDS.org Media Library.)

8 resources to help you #ShareGoodness

When Elder David A. Bednar invited Church members to flood the earth with positive messages on the Internet, he put it this way: “Beginning at this place on this day, I exhort you to sweep the earth with messages filled with righteousness [...]
Participants in the Obstacles of Obesity Fun Run will wear inflatable suits like these pictured.

Provo race to show obstacles of obesity

It’s hard to run a five-kilometer obstacle-course race in an inflatable suit. But, then again, it’s supposed to be. Organizers of the Obstacles of Obesity Fun Run want to give participants a sense of how difficult everyday tasks and physical [...]
Those taking medication need to be cautious about the greater effect heat will have on them. (Stock Photo)

How a young Utah father overcame his addiction to pain killers

A motorcycle accident on June 12, 2007, left Eric Jensen in bad shape. His body was covered in deep road rashes, his spine had two herniated discs and he had nerve damage in his left arm. Jensen’s wife, Brittany, felt fortunate her [...]
"The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis includes many Christian themes.

10 inspiring books by non-LDS writers

The LDS book market is a publishing force to be reckoned with, with hundreds of new titles by LDS authors being published every year. Elder Orson F. Whitney said in 1888, “We will yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own. … [...]
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More U.S. adults single than married; Utah bucks trend

More are Americans are single instead of married for the first time since the U.S. government began tracking such things in 1976. According to data collected by CityLab and the Martin Prosperity Institute, 27 states states now have populations [...]
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Birth mom finds peace in decision to give daughter up for adoption

Fourteen years ago, Gina Crotts placed a beautiful baby girl for adoption. As her daughter has grown, so has Gina. This Spanish Fork mother uses her heartbreak as a platform to support birth moms.  Gina Crotts was an unmarried, 19-year-old [...]
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12 languages you might hear at general conference

LDS Church spokesman Dale Jones announced Monday that general conference speakers “whose primary language is not English now have the choice to deliver their talks in their native tongue.” If speakers elect to do so, English subtitles [...]
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Lookalikes: Seeing Stars in Utah Valley

Listen up lookalike lovers — we’ve got a collection of not-so-evil twins who are carbon copies of their celebrity counterparts. From Matt Damon to Ferris Bueller, these separated-at-birth local lookalikes will leave you starstruck.  Tami [...]
Broadway star Sutton Foster will kick off the 50th anniversary season of BYU's BRAVO! Professional Performing Arts Series Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5-6, at the de Jong Concert Hall in BYU's Harris Fine Arts Center. (Photo courtesy of BYU Arts)

Broadway star Sutton Foster to shine in BYU concert

For a singer who’s performed in Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, BYU’s de Jong Concert Hall might seem like small potatoes — but for Broadway star Sutton Foster, college campuses provide a breath of fresh air. “It’s one of my [...]
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Helping kids love the temple at every age

It is a time of unprecedented temple building, and Utah has more temples than any other state. Utah is home to 17 temples — 10 more than California, which has the second-most—and is home to the only two cities in the world with two temples [...]
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3 Utah Valley musicians that should make your playlist

“Cool” might not be the word people outside Utah Valley use for cities like Provo, Orem, Lehi and the like, but it’s the word they use for some of the music from the area. As the birth place of artists such as Neon Trees, [...]
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5 ways to spiritually charge your family for back to school

School supplies? Check. Fall sports fundraiser? Done. School clothes? Purchased. Utah County families are gearing up for back to school next week, which means that never-ending to-do list might actually be shrinking. But there are a few important [...]
Lori Ruth has been deaf since age 3, but a cochlear implant changed her life a few years ago. It enabled her to hear her newly born fourth child breathing — something that initially had her thinking Darth Vader was in the room.

Hear and Now: Lori Ruth finds meaning and purpose in her life’s challenges

Pleasant Grove’s Lori Ruth works as an early intervention specialist for families with children who have hearing loss. She understands those she works with in a way others cannot — she herself has been deaf since age 3. Whether it’s teaching [...]
As a member of Utah County law enforcement for almost 16 years, Karalee Tracy is familiar with fear. But give her the choice between a crime scene and photo shoot and she knows where she’ll be. “I’m more afraid of having my photo taken than going into a firefight,” she laughs. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

On patrol: One of Utah County’s few female police officers

There’s never a typical workday in law enforcement: one day it’s a headline-worthy trauma and the next it’s a noisy neighborhood dog. Between the extremes, Karalee Tracy comes to work ready to face the day fearlessly as one of two women [...]
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13 well-known Mormons who accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge

Over the past few weeks the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been sweeping the nation with buckets of ice-cold water. The Ice Bucket Challenge began as a way to raise money for ALS Association. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative [...]
Elder Bednar speaks at a BYU Devotional in the Marriott Center. He taught Church members to use social media to share uplifting messages. (Screen shot photo.)

VIDEO: Elder Bednar calls Saints to ‘flood the earth’ using social media

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles invited members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to share “authentic, edifying and praiseworthy” messages on social media websites today at a BYU Education [...]
Orem’s Rhonna Farrer is more well-known by her app name — Rhonna Designs. She took her scrapbook layouts and turned them digital, and Instagram hasn’t been the same since. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

Creative app-titude: Rhonna Designs

If you haven’t heard of the app Rhonna Designs, ask your wife, friend, or daughter — someone you know has it on her phone. And she’s no doubt using it to put your Instagram photos to shame. Rhonna Designs — started by Orem mother-of-three [...]
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Medications and heat don’t mix

It’s been a hot one, and the heat doesn’t seem to be cooling down anytime soon in Utah Valley. Most people can get by with drinking a little extra water, but those who take certain medications are at a greater health risk because [...]
The Family Home Storage Starter Kit is a useful and compact gift for newlyweds. (Photo courtesy store.lds.org.)

10 great wedding gifts from the LDS Distribution Center

The wedding season is a busy time, especially in communities where many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints live. Weddings are exciting, joyful and can be — for Church members who attend several celebrations every [...]
Thomas S. Monson poses with two of his pigeons. (Photo courtesy LDS.org.)

Hidden talents and surprising hobbies of modern-day prophets

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sometimes feel as if they know everything about their church leaders. And why not? With General Conference addresses twice every year and dozens more devotionals and speeches scattered [...]