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Why I was wrong not to add my voice sooner to ‘me too’

Monday I woke up to an onslaught of messages pasted across social media: “Me too.” If you had taken a break from social media on Sunday like myself, you spent part of the morning googling “me too” and learning about [...]

Lessons in Christ-like love from Ghana

One summer, I traveled to Ghana, in West Africa, for a work assignment. It was a life-changing experience. I was struck by the humility and spirituality of the people in general. Many Ghanaians live in abject poverty, but they are a happy, [...]

What I learned when the Spirit took me on a detour

As a writer, I’ve learned that some stories must be told. I’ve also learned that some stories are maddeningly difficult to tell. The story of Katherine Love Paxman was, for me, both. I’d spent the better part of a day in the [...]

10 lessons I wish I’d learned in Young Women

It’s been more than a decade since I graduated from Young Women into Relief Society. I remember fondly the pre-“Come Follow Me” lessons that referenced dance halls and that mostly quoted apostles and prophets from the 1970s. [...]

The Utah Jazz you may not know (or remember)

The zenith of the Utah Jazz franchise occurred 20 years ago, when it played in the first of two consecutive NBA championship series against the Chicago Bulls during the summers of 1997 and 1998. As great as those moments were for the state [...]

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 [...]