UFI Blog

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...

by Diane Robertson The truth about Planned Parenthood came out as Cecil Richards testified in front of Congress. She had to admit certain myths circulating, some for years, are false.   Myth 1: Abortion is only 3% of the business Planned Parenthood does. Cecil Richardson admitted that abortion...

By: Deborah Wene Families and cultures around the world have different views on cohabitation and there are some who do not see anything wrong with it. A couple of years ago, my older sister decided to cohabitate with her then boyfriend of 2 years. Prior to her...

by Erin Weist I read some wonderful advice a few weeks ago regarding marriage relationships.  (I wish I could find the reference but you know how fast information moves online...

by Jessica Westfall The allegations against Planned Parenthood have stirred up a frenzy of commentary online. I want to address one issue that has been gaining more and more of the spotlight. That is when an aborted baby lives. I had no idea this could happen or...

by Rebecca Mallory We hear it every four years. "This is the most important election of our lifetime!" I contend that that somewhat trite statement will never prove more true than in 2016. Never before has the very fabric of America been shredded and torn apart as...

By Diane Robertson Parental rights in the United States are under attack. Among imposing state and city laws, to federal regulations, to over-zealous social workers, many parents are finding that their right to educate, discipline, teach independence, and decide what is best for their children’s health...

by Mekelle Tenney   Did you know that 76% of Americans reported that they only read one book in 2014? Did you also know that currently Americans only spend 7 minutes of their leisure time each day reading? Now the important question, do you think these statistics...

By: Deborah Wene I was born in a very small town, in a small country with not many resources to help pregnant women. Many women gave birth along the road, on their way to the field or markets, most of which ended up dying because of...

  by Erin Weist Parenting is hard.  Anyone who disagrees has probably never been a parent.  But it is beautiful and worthwhile and honorable and gut-wrenchingly fulfilling at the same time.  Let me explain with an example.  This has been a tough week in our house, parenting-wise....

By Jessica Westfall Dr. John Van Epp puts an interesting twist on a well beloved and known fairy tale. Ellie was an orphan who was ignored and unloved by her step mother and sisters. She meets and marries a man in a very short time. This...

by Ally Fife   The ideal home is one in which we feel comfort when we enter; where we can let go of the problems of our day and feel safe and loved. Such is not the case for the 90,000 Burundi refugees who have left their...

by Annalise Jarman The other night I finished reading the book “Boundaries: When to Say Yes and How to Say No” by Doctors Henry Cloud and John Townsend. The book is about how to stand on your own, how to be separate and know what is...

by Tashica Jacobson The term, sexual revolution, can bring about many different positions, feelings, and arguments, but what can readily be agreed upon is that it has drastically changed society. With any dramatic change of norms it is easy for individuals to get swept away in...

by Diane Robertson The 10th under cover video detailing how Planned Parenthood has been illegally selling aborted baby parts came out on Tuesday. Barely any media picked it up. It was not a trending item on Facebook, twitter, or any other social media source because hardly...

By Jessica Westfall MacGyver was an 80s tv show that my parents introduced me to my Freshman year of high school. MacGyver was a jack-of-all trades, he could find a solution to any problem and was an all around helpful guy. I was impressed, and sometimes...

by Erin Weist In the last few week images such as these of Syrians fleeing their country have been circulating and dominating much media coverage.  People the world over are calling on their leaders to help and they are seeing a positive response.  I have an...