UFI Blog

By Jackie Bowles Recently I have been reading about my ancestors, John and Priscella Alden. After experiencing persecutions for their religious beliefs in England, they decided to sail on the Mayflower, crossing the ocean to find a place where they could worship freely. They fought hard...

[caption id="attachment_11657" align="alignleft" width="150"] Little Girl Helping Father with His Tie ca. 2003[/caption] by Erin Weist I listened to a talk today by an apostle of my church about “the highest of masculine roles: husband and father.”  In a world that constantly pushes the normality of immorality,...

by Tashica Jacobson A favorite Buddha quote states “be where you are; otherwise you miss your life.” This can apply to many different things in our lives, but for now let’s look at it through the lens of technology and electronic devices. The advancements in these...

By Ally Fife In this fast paced world of digital dependency, finding ways to have meaningful family time without spending a fortune is rare indeed. To also find something to do that is worthwhile and provides skills to the participants is too much to hope for....

by Diane Robertson In a bold yet compassionate medically sound move, the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds), in eight clear statements, has proclaimed that modern gender ideology harms children. They affirmed that the chromosomal markers of gender, XY and XX, are genetic markers of health and...

By Jackie Bowles February 16, 2016 brought the unexpected death of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He was a well-respected and the longest serving Supreme Court Justice, being nominated in 1986 by Ronald Reagan. Justice Scalia became known for his outspoken comments on cases dealing...

by Keely Tanner Have you ever wondered how you could make your relationships better? Are there things that we, as individuals, can be doing to make our relationships stronger? One thing that we should consider is “What changes can I make?” Too often we think of what others are...

By Rebecca Mallory Isn’t it interesting how each generation thinks they have the corner on unrest, violence, and general mayhem?  That somehow there has never been a more frightening time and that America has finally lost its way? I stood in line for two hours to...

By Jackie Bowles Recently, I was asked to work on a project about abortion.  I hadn’t really put too much thought or attention to this subject before.  Nor had I considered the methods of abortion, the impact of this practice throughout the world, the effects it...

By Erin West Since registering to vote in the United States I have been unaffiliated with any party.  The two major political parties in the US, democratic & republican, dominate most of the scene, particularly in recent days over the contentious debates and elections as it...

By Tori Perez Numerous studies have told us that the number one cited cause of divorce is finances.   But why? Of all things in marriage to argue about, why is money the game changer? 1) It isn’t. Money isn’t actually the game changer. What’s really happening much of the...

by Christie Masters I had thirty seconds to tell a room full of delegates at our recent County convention why they should vote for me to be a delegate to the State Convention. Standing in line, nervously awaiting my turn, I had listened to those who...

by Mekelle Tenney On July 30th, 1956 President Eisenhower signed a law declaring “In God We Trust” as our national motto. In regards to that act he made the following statement, “In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future;...

by Diane Robertson The Innovation Group released survey results that compared responses of Generation Z (ages 13 to 20) to those of the Millennial generation (21-34) about gender and sexuality. The results suggest that fears parents and others have had about comprehensive sexuality education, sexually explicit...

by Jackie Bowles It may sound good at first, but do the research to really understand all facets.   We’ve all had to endure “Sex Ed” at one point in our lives with its embarrassing movies and uncomfortable topics. Back in the day, while there was still concern...

by Erin Weist I have recently been studying about the time of the American Revolution, the founding of the United States, the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the glorious creation of the United States Constitution.  I’m sure there are similar fascinating and eye-opening principles...

by Teralynn Nordgren I've come across this idea – that chastity is about controlling women – a few times in the past year. The first was last summer when ESPN's Bomani Jones said that chastity was stupid on the popular TV channel, and then on Twitter...

by Rebecca Mallory The government boasted unemployment at 4.9% last month which, if you did five minutes of factual research, would discover that 4.9% is probably unrealistically low. Experts say that with those who are now among the “I give up looking” crowd, numbers are actually much...

by Diane Robertson Two Community Crises Pregnancy Clinics in Florida are saving lives, changing lives, and helping communities one person at a time. These clinics offer pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, professional counseling, clothing and other material services, maternity homes, transition homes which teach personal disciplines and life skills,...

by Jackie Bowles Being a mother of young children, I know how hard it is to squeeze in that weekly date night. I definitely could use one every week, but the logistics of actually putting the plan into action is hard. It can be difficult to...

by Erin Weist “And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting,” (Holy Bible, Daniel 9:3).   Many nations around the world are tormented by wars.  Others are tormented by governmental policies from within.  Still others are tormented by...

by Tashica Jacobson “Now what do you say…” was a common phrase heard in my home growing up. With eight children somedays I’m sure my mom felt like she was always breaking up a fight or encouraging someone to apologize. It wasn’t just that my mom...

by Mekelle Tenney We are right in the middle of the Presidential primaries. The American people have a lot of decisions to make. We have to decide what issues are the most important to us. Trying to find a candidate who totally aligns with all of...