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Why libraries are good for more than just books

I’ve always been a self-pronounced book worm. My favorite part of summer vacation was getting to compete in the summer reading program at my local library. Even into college, I would spend my first few weeks of summer vacation glued to [...]

The best, the worst and the most underrated Christmas songs

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for music. I enjoy hearing Christmas songs on the radio and singing Christmas hymns in church. Some of the best music we have has to do with the holiday season. Unfortunately, it’s produced some of [...]

19 reasons we are grateful to live in Utah Valley

We’re thankful for Utah Valley. Some of our staff has lived in Utah Valley their entire lives while others are transplants from other states. Either way, Bennett Communications (the creators of Utah Valley Magazine, Utah Valley BusinessQ, [...]

One of the reasons why I choose to stand for the pledge of allegiance

Several years ago, Colin Kaepernick came to Provo as the starting quarterback for the University of Nevada. He helped beat BYU, 27–13, at LaVell Edwards Stadium that day. I was impressed with Kaepernick’s performance, as he completed [...]

10 reasons why it takes a village to raise a child

My family and I recently moved to Utah from Texas. After three years of living in Dallas, in the heat and humidity far away from family, there have been a few adjustments to make. But besides purchasing winter coats and introducing our children [...]

Stand with Sitake: Why I support BYU’s 2-point conversion decision against Utah

BYU took a leap of faith and stumbled in a 20–19 loss to Utah Saturday night. With less than a minute left in the game, BYU senior quarterback Taysom Hill ran the ball into the end zone, bringing the Cougars to within one point of Utah. [...]

Sandbagging on Sunday: How canceling church taught one young man about service

The bishop stood before the throng of men and boys in my ward and announced that we would not be holding priesthood meeting on that particular Sunday afternoon. There were some audible cheers and spontaneous clapping from some of the Aaronic [...]

Donny & Marie: Still a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll

One of the unofficial traditions in my family growing up in Utah happened pretty much every Friday night. My parents would buy or make pizza and we’d sit around the television set and watch the Donny & Marie Show that aired in the 1970s [...]

How rich is the LDS Church?

Faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pay one-tenth of their income as tithing, and often give more in the form of fast offerings and other donations. Church officials use these funds to support the Church’s [...]

Giving up on mom-perfection  

I wanted to be that mom. You know the one. She makes homemade fruit snacks. Her kids are always sporting the trendiest clothes and the cutest hairstyles. She sews skirts and headbands. She’s heavily involved in her kids’ classrooms. She [...]

Changing the night to day: Learning from rejection as a young missionary

While I enjoyed my two-month experience at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, I couldn’t wait to arrive in Chile to begin teaching the gospel. Along one of my first legs of my series of flights, I sat next to a bearded, 20-something [...]

A Mother’s Worth

Let’s say you’re seeking employment. What would you think if you came across the following job description? Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No vacation or holidays. Responsibilities: Fixing meals and doing dishes; paying [...]

What a dog taught me about the atonement

When I was a teenager, I had a dog named Butch — a springer spaniel-black labrador mix. My friend gave me Butch for free, and you know what they say, you get what you pay for. Butch had a strange yet endearing personality. When we would come [...]

A sports lover’s guide: How to make the most of general conference

Growing up, I found it vexing that LDS general conference coincided with some of the best times of the sports year — April and October. I’ve always been a man for all seasons — basketball, baseball and football. In April, there’s the [...]

From Boston Strong to Mason Strong: An insider’s look at how Elder Wells was built for survival

Reporter Jeff Call has known Elder Mason Wells and his family since before he survived the Boston Marathon bombing and now the bombing at the Brussels airport. Jeff explains why Elder Mason’s character is not only Boston Strong, but Mason [...]

A budding piece of wisdom: Buy your wife flowers for Valentine’s Day

There are a multitude of things I don’t understand when it comes to dating, romance and relationships between men and women, husbands and wives. But one of the things on the top of the list would have to be my lack of understanding regarding [...]

How First Presidency messages have changed over the last 10 years

This started out as a news story. I thought it would be fun to look through the last 10 years of First Presidency messages in the Ensign, making note of topics and paying attention to how their messages have changed over the last decade. I [...]

How BYU-Utah is more than a rivalry — it’s a family affair

State bragging rights are on the line as BYU and Utah meet this weekend in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. With how deep the rivalry runs between the neighboring universities, it’s no wonder ESPN ranked the BYU-Utah game the No. 7 most [...]

The 10 worst neighborhood gifts to receive 

Opening the door to a plate full of holiday treats in the weeks leading up to Christmas is a highlight of the holiday for our family. Delivering our own homemade treats is a family tradition that we look forward to and that brings us closer [...]

VIDEO: BYU’s Divine Comedy explains what it’s like to be a pedestrian in Provo in Queen parody

It’s hard to be a pedestrian in Provo. And a driver. And a bicyclist. At least, that’s the message BYU’s Divine Comedy is trying to share in its humorous new music video, “Provo Pedestrian,” a parody of Queen’s “Don’t [...]