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Diane Robertson With marriage and natural family relationships in decline, Pope Francis invited leaders from different faiths around the world to gather at the Vatican this week. This historical interfaith conference titled, The Complementarity of Man and Woman brought religious leaders from 23 nations, and representing...

Nathalie Bowman “Mom, can I crack the eggs? Now can I stir it?” asked my 6 year old with eager anticipation. We were making yummy pecan tarts, and my son couldn’t wait to get them done so he could eat them. With the holidays right around...

Maddi Gillel Beverly was six or seven when her parents divorced. She had a brother just 2-3 years older and 2 sisters older than that. Her mother, of course, had to go to work, and just as important, find a new man in her life. So...

    Rebecca Mallory We thought there was pressure raising our four girls during the 80's. All four girls are now very busy wives and mothers but believe me, my life was cake compared to theirs.  In the 80's my diaper bag said "Safeway" on it....

Diane Robertson New Research being conducted on the differences between mothering and fathering has found that children need to the complimentary parenting styles from both genders. Jenet Erickson, research sociologist and author for the Deseret News, presented research that is being conducted, and not yet published, during...

Nathalie Bowman “Dad, wanna play catch?” The morning was beautiful, the mountain air was crisp and clean, and playing catch with dad was the order of the day. We grabbed our mitts & ball from the camp trailer and off we went to throw the ball...

What happens to a marriage when a spouse finds out their partner is involved in pornography? By Brianna Hawke Experts tells us that “…upon discovering their partner uses pornography, many women question whether their partner loves them or is still committed to them and the relationship, that...

Contemporary sex education prepares young men and women not for the fullness of friendship, intimacy and love, but for casual relationships and recreational sex. A 1962 fantasy novel, later made into a Disney movie, borrowed its title from Shakespeare’s Macbeth:  “Something Wicked This Way Comes.”  It...

Mekelle Tenney Over the last 50 years the fertility rate among Americans has dropped from 3.65 to 1.89. The rate of households with one child or more under the age of 18 has also made a significant drop from 48.8% to 32.3%. In 2010 only 30% of...

by Samantha Shelley Happiness researcher, Kate Bratskeir lists 10 things that are proven (BY SCIENCE, GUYS!) to make us happier: 1. Happy people surround themselves with other happy people. Joy is contagious. People are four times more likely to be happy in the future with happy people...

Diane Robertson New Research being conducted on the differences between mothering and fathering has found that children need to the complimentary parenting styles from both genders. Jenet Erickson, research sociologist and author for the Deseret News, presented research that is being conducted, and not yet published, during...

Nathalie Bowman Over the past few days, there has been an uproar among conservative Americans surrounding President Obama’s speech on October 31 at Rhode Island College. After he opened with a few jokes, mentioned going trick-or-treating with Michelle because his girls “are too old” and spent...

Maddi Gillel Have you ever heard of this phrase? This is one of the most important phrases in a person’s life and in our culture – it would make a huge difference in a person’s life and in our culture if it were present in ‘both.’...

Rebecca Mallory What makes me qualified to write about Ebola? Not a thing. But, I've listened to the news ad nauseam. Does that count? So here's my take. I know it's a deadly disease that is highly contagious and that mortality rates are reported between 50-70%....

Diane Robertson This is part one of a three part series on parenting. I have been reading through some new and very interesting research that is being conducted on mothering and fathering. I am going to start from a personal view as a mother of ten...

Nathalie Bowman As same-sex marriage becomes legal across the country, same sex parenting is entering the picture now more than ever. What is the long term effect on children raised in the LGBT world? What of the women who are used to grow babies and sell...

Each life matters and the loss of any human life diminishes our own. By Kristin Wahlquist It is impossible to calculate the value of a life; things learned, people touched, and memories created. Each life is both incredible and irreplaceable. Every life begins when two microscopic cells...

By Rachel Allison Several years ago my husband traveled through France where he met a family who had just recently moved ten miles out of town.  This meant that the family’s two teenage daughters had to be driven to town each morning for school, and then...

Mekelle Tenney Contained within the First Amendment are two religion clauses, the establishment clause and the exercise clause. The establishment clause ensures that Congress will not establish a federal religion and that Congress will not enact legislation that effects just one sect of religion. The exercise...

Diane Robertson Yesterday I had the unique opportunity of attending a 4 hour long conference hosted by the Wheately Institute and titled: Family is Crucial: Views from Law and Social Science. Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, Mark Regnerus, and Jenet Erickson spoke. These speakers have all...

Nathalie Bowman We live in a world in which thousands of years of traditional, assumed gender roles are being turned upside down. Many questions about human sexuality and gender are being asked that have never been asked before, and new vocabulary is being developed by those...

Maddi Gillel If everyone were the kind of citizen you are, would the country be better or worse? Does it make any difference? YES !!!! When we stand up for our country and defend it in word and deed, it inspires others to do so and...

 Rebecca Mallory "Truth is stranger than fiction" is alive and well in our destructive PC culture. Just when you think you've heard every ridiculous edict relating to political correctness, some other insane story rears it's ugly head to top it. Has it made America safer and...

By Kelli Houghton and Teresa Kearl It isn’t uncommon to see a headline at the local grocery store magazine rack encouraging readers to question how satisfied they are in their marriage, or to watch a TV show that glamorizes one “finding themselves” only to quickly abandon...

Diane Robertson I turned 39 today! Yup, that’s right. Today is my 39th birthday. Next year, I will be the big 4-0. A lot has happened in my almost forty years. I remember how in the fourth grade I was asked to draw a picture depicting...