2019 Fab 40: Elizabeth Benson Thayer

Age 39 City Orem Elizabeth’s brushstrokes prove the cliche “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Her carefully crafted portraits for the organization she co-founded, “Their Story is Our Story,” inspire viewers to reflect on the lives of refugees around the world. TSOS aims to end discrimination of refugees through art, social media, web videos […]

Utah County welcomes last refugee family before ban

Some parents took their kids out of school early on Thursday to give them a different sort of lesson. Utah families headed to the Salt Lake City International Airport to welcome Hassan Barat Ali Hassan, Fozia Ramazan Ali Qurban Ali, their two sons, ages 15 and 4, and their three daughters, ages 11, 8 and 6 — the […]

5 organizations you can work with to aid refugees — in Utah and beyond

They come to Utah after being forced to flee from Iraq, Burma, Somalia and Syria. Mostly women and children, they’ve been persecuted for their religion, race or nationality. In our state alone, there are 60,000 refugees from more than 20 countries. And according to top LDS Church leaders, they need our help. “These individuals have […]