UFI Blog

by Erin Weist The World Congress of Families was held in Salt Lake City last week.  Amid mild protests from pro-LGBT groups, over 3,000 attendees from around the world gathered to support pro-family speech and activism.  Rather than being “anti-LGBT” the conference focused on what has...

by Brittany Stohlton Our day-to-day actions are preceded by choices, and those choice-based actions are always followed by consequences. Each day in the news there are reports of child abuse, abandonment and death. When the life of a child is at stake, parents, doctors and child...

by Teralynn Nordgren If any of you are fans of J.R. Tolkien, then you are likely familiar with The Hobbit. My husband loves The Hobbit – the book and the movies. While I am not as avid a fan as he is, I have seen the...

With World Congress of families in full swing this week, this is a subject that was researched two years ago.  Things have not changed...

by Jessica Westfall This summer, Laura, a healthy 24-year-old Belgian woman used euthanasia to end her life. Since childhood she has believed, “Life, that's not for me” and has wanted to die. Other treatments, like counseling, could help her but since a doctor mentioned euthanasia, that...

by Erin Weist Despite local and national opposition the 9th World Congress of Families (WCF) will be held this week in Salt Lake City, Utah, the first time a meeting of this group has been held in the United States since it began in 1997.  Gatherings...

By Patrick Williams Are we overly-available to the rest of the world?  Think for a moment.  How hard is it for someone to get a hold of you?  How quick are you to drop everything to respond to a text or check on an update someone...

by Tashica Jacobson Studies, opinions, social science, commonly known facts, and psychology have all shown and continue to show that the single most influential factor in an individual’s life is the family structure that they grew up in. It affects their behavior, education, career choices, relationships,...

by Mekelle Tenney Human nature never fails to produce threats to freedom. Strong convictions are a necessary defense against governments, groups, institutions, and individuals who seek dominance over others. Conviction is merely a firmly held belief or opinion. I believe some of the strongest convictions are...

by Jessica Westfall It is interesting to be look at views supporting decriminalization verses tough drug laws. I am encouraged by the views Mr. Hari's shared in his TED talk. It has better helped me see a drug addict as a person, a person in need...

by Christie Masters When my children were very young, I answered questions like “Mommy, where do babies come from?” with a comfortably undetailed, “They are a gift from God”. This worked until one of my young daughters wanted to know if she would be given a...

by Ally Fife Earlier this month, under the cover of darkness, the statue of the Ten Commandments on  Oklahoma Capitol grounds was removed quickly and without fanfare. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that it must be removed because it violated religious rights of those who don’t...

by Rachel Mallory Remember that sweet song most of us learned when we were young that stated "Kindness Begins with Me"? Well, through lots of personal experience, I've learned that the opposite is also true. Contention also begins with me, even when it doesn't. Realizing this has...

By Jessica Westfall Last week Johann Hari's views on drug legalization and human connections were explored, let's look at an opposing side. Addiction psychiatrist from Arizona, Dr. Ed Gogek, has written a book titled, Marijuana Debunked. While Gogek focuses on marijuana he asserts this is the start to...

by Erin Weist Recently, a leader for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints spoke out in plea to women everywhere to stand strong in their faith and their calling as women.  President Russell M. Nelson spoke in Salt Lake City, Utah in a worldwide...

In the wake of the shooting in Oregon where a gunman asked his victims about their faith before shooting them, many Americans are examining the issue of religious freedom.  What is religious freedom?  What is is worth? In today’s UFI alert, Dawn Frandsen reviews the integral...

By Beckie Mann Remember kindergarten?  The bright sunny classroom full of toys with a piano in the corner, naptime on little mats, the cute furry classroom mascot, and memorizing the Gettysburg’s address for the school’s President’s Day  picnic.  Oh, wait.  That was a movie, (Kindergarten Cop). ...

by Becky Mann Most Saturday afternoons you will find my youngest son and me at the laundromat. While the machines are doing the heavy work, you will hear me reading to my son. You may recognize Jules Verne, Louis L’amour, or J.K. Rowling. My fifteen year-old...

by Diane Robertson All of the videos about Planned Parenthood have come out publically. Many people have seen them. Congress has investigated. Some states took Medicaid funding away from Planned Parenthood because of this illegal practice. And now, judges are stepping in. After some states defunded Planned...

by Jessica Westfall Part 1 This is the first of a three part series exploring the debate around legalization of marijuana and decriminalization of all drugs. “Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong” is a TED talk by Johann Hari. It has become pretty popular, it's...

by JaKell Sullivan The federal government has absolutely no constitutional right to control curriculum, but they’re doing it anyway. In a 2011 video for the Whitehouse’s Learning Registry, Steve Midgley, the Deputy Director of Education Technology for the US Department of Education, says that the Learning...

by Mekelle Tenney I recently became an official stay at home mom. My husband and I had our first child three months ago. About three weeks before our daughter was born I clocked out for my last day of work…well my last day of work at...

By Deborah Wene Have you ever looked at a couple and wanted to be them because they seem to have the perfect marriage? Many teens experience this. Growing up, I had this perfect marriage in mind and hoped that I would someday find the right person...