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by Diane Robertson “In the absence of values, confusion reigns”  Bob Trent The new way to be enlightened, progressive, and well, completely mainstream is to believe and accept that gender is fluid, that some people are born with the physical manifestations of one gender but the brain...

By Jackie Bowles As young teenagers, my sisters and I started a babysitting service. We called ourselves “Three Sisters Three Sitters”. I remember babysitting all the time. Sometimes each of us had 3 different jobs on a given day. People knew they could always get one...

by Erin Weist Citizens in Australia have been dealing with a politically-motivated scheme trying to force its way into their schools.  The program, entitled “Safe Schools Coalition,” seems useful at first glance.  Its focus is on teaching anti-bullying messages.  However, as parents read more detail about...

by Ally Fife When I was pregnant with my third child, my in-laws sent me a 500 page, hardbound journal written by my husband’s great great grandmother. Her name was Hannah Jane, and I became obsessed with her over the course of my pregnancy. She was...

by Rebecca Mallory Much has been pontificated about charitable giving and whose responsibility it is to take care of the poor and less fortunate. Who is more effective at caring for the poor? Is it the private individual who feels compassion and a duty to give...

by Tori Perez It’s been a tough couple of weeks as a mother. When one person gets sick then everyone gets sick and when mom is sick it feels like everything gets thrown off. Or maybe I’m just thrown off because I’m sick. At any rate, it’s...

Your Children Need You to Speak Up Today HB 246, "Reproductive Health Amendments," is a Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE)  bill that would not be good for Utah students.  This bill will be presented in the Utah House Education Committee tomorrow, Tuesday at 4:10 p.m. Over the next...

by Erin Weist When I was a teenager I didn't think much of being a mom.  In fact, that thought process continued as I grew into a young adult, attended college, lived overseas, held full-time jobs and basically became an adult.  Looking back it’s silly that...

by Mekelle Tenney Last week Justice Antonin Scalia unexpectedly passed away. He was appointed to the U.S. Supreme court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. He was 50 years old and the youngest justice on the court at the time. He was well known for his...

by Diane Robertson Here at UFI, we are very saddened at the sudden passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He was a champion of both the U.S. Constitution and the family. As a husband to Maureen, father of 9, and grandfather to 28, Justice Scalia...

by Keely Tanner Everyone is different in their expressions of love. You might express your love and feel it in a different way than your significant other or others in your family. This is okay because everyone is different, even in expressing and feeling love for...

by Erin Weist I attended the wedding reception of my cousin’s daughter over the weekend.  She was a glowing bride, he was an ecstatic groom, everything was perfect.  It was about a dozen years ago when I enjoyed my wedding day.  Since then my husband and...

by Christie Masters Senator Bernie Sanders has undergirded his presidential campaign with the declaration that “Income inequality is the great moral issue of our time...

by Rebecca Mallory It’s not often that a UFI reader will ask me to write about a particular subject. I got a phone call from someone a few days ago who lamented that he was “trying to have an open mind about socialism but after doing some...

by Diane Robertson On March 2nd, the United States Supreme Court will hear a challenge to a 2013 Texas law requiring abortion clinics to maintain basic health and safety standards, and abortionists to maintain admitting privileges to nearby hospitals. The law also bans abortions beyond 20...

by Jackie Bowles A few weeks ago I attended a family reunion. Getting everyone together is very hard to accomplish. As the week progressed, it was interesting to see the interactions between various family members or should I say a lack of interaction. Most were endlessly...

by Erin Weist One legislator’s proposed resolution in Utah has been receiving national attention.  This resolution would declare pornography to be a public health hazard.  The summary of this resolution states  it “recognizes the need for education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and...

by Teralynn Nordgren The Zika virus has fueled the debate about abortion in some of the most pro-life countries in the world. I understand the fear that is behind this debate. The thought of life with a child who is likely never to gain independence and...

by Mekelle Tenney We can learn a lot about the American people from election results. Monday marked the start of the 2016 Presidential primary election. I have been listening to analysists discuss the results of the Iowa caucus all day. They have compared voter turnout to...

by Tashica Jacobson A common phrase heard over and over during my schooling was “married individuals are happier, healthier, and make more money.” This can seem hard to believe as my husband and I experience the struggle to pay bills and survive the tension of weekly...

by Erin Weist I attended a series of workshops this weekend designed for the women in my area.  We learned about the power of good music in our homes.  We learned about the power of serving other people.  We learned about the power of an educated...