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Tara Holladay It was just another day.  My daughter was at preschool, my mother was watching my toddler son, and I was sitting in a clean, generic waiting room, hoping that when it was my turn in the dentist chair I wouldn’t be hearing any expensive...

Rachel Allison Just over three years ago I was given an assignment that was overwhelming.  It was a forced “New Year’s Resolution” that was placed squarely on my shoulders, and I had no choice but to dig in, learn my responsibilities, rearrange my time commitments, and...

Casey Reeve shares how his father helped to instill in him the true meaning of Christmas. Every Christmas Eve, we would lie under the Christmas tree, listening intently to my father. He would get down next to us and gaze up at the lights on the...

Alicia Johnson and Hailey Welch Over the past 85 years, millions of individuals and families have had the opportunity to watch shows on television and have experienced the rapid growth of many forms of media. Many individuals have experienced the excitement of watching a favorite TV...

Rachel Allison I don’t know if UFI readers remember my writing about a group of women who, experiencing the heartache caused by their own abortions, have dedicated themselves to educating, influencing and hopefully inspiring others to choose life.  One of these good women shared this story with...

Ann Bailey Evidently I was living under a rock until this past summer when some family members sat me down and insisted I view an episode of “Duck Dynasty.”  Honestly, I didn’t know what to make of it.  Having grown up in VERY rural eastern Idaho,...

Diane Robertson Around the holidays I usually don’t want to think about politics, laws, or policies. But lawsuits, bad laws, and general bad ideas meant to damage the family, do not take a Christmas vacation. This Christmas the family is being attacked on many fronts. Belgium is...

Janalee Marriott shares how her parents encouraged a spirit of giving and intentionally thinking of others. Their family tradition gave each family member an opportunity to secretly focus on someone else for the month of December—to gain a greater sense of selflessness and love. The...

Christina Toliver and Emily Dewitt The rise in sexually transmitted diseases should make us question what is being taught today about sex.  It is very unfortunate that in this 21st century, where there is vast medical knowledge and new technology literally at our fingertips, there is...

Maddi Gillel The Navy Seals are one of my favorite subjects to read about, hear about and talk about.  I admire this group of men more than words can express.  I’m reading a book now by Marcus Lutrell – “LONE SURVIVOR-THE EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF OPERATION REDWING...

Rachel Allison What do I have in common with Vladimir Putin?  Apparently more than I formerly realized. In September, 2014 the World Congress of Families Conference is being held in Moscow, Russia. The Conference focus:  “Every Child a Gift:  Large Families—The Future of Humanity.”  Take note:  The...

William C. Duncan In a 52-48 vote on November 21 the majority Democrats in the Senate repealed a provision that allowed a Senator to filibuster an executive branch nominee unless a vote of at least sixty Senators could be mustered to end that filibuster. This change...

Kristi Kane One of my favorite poems is this: I have wept in the night for the shortness of sight that to somebody's need I was blind. But I never have yet felt a twinge of regret for being a little too kind. ~anon. There are so many issues in today's society...

Carol Soelberg Flannel had become a popular new trend in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  My mother had spent hours and hours making all of us children matching pajamas to open on Christmas Eve out of this trendy plaid, flannel material.  As I look back...

As in previous years, a nondiscrimination bill was presented during the 2013 Utah Legislative session. It gained unprecedented momentum by passing a Senate Committee, before dying on the Senate Floor.  It will be back in the 2014 Legislative session.[i] Nondiscrimination laws sound like a good idea....

Meghan Hofhiens For much of my high school experience I attended a private international school in Bangkok, Thailand. The expectations to succeed were high. My classmates were driven and my teachers were inspired. The work was rigorous, but not beyond my capabilities. It was my experiences...

Rebecca Mallory Currier and Ives and Norman Rockwell… Remember those guys? I’m old enough to remember the days when “happy holidays” referred to Halloween, July 4th, St. Patrick’s Day and Groundhog Day all rolled together. All of those holidays were… happy!  And December 25th was strictly...

Those who favor turning our sovereignty over to the United Nations system are at it again!  By Ann Bailey There is once again a strong push to move the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities  to the U.S. senate floor for a ratification vote...

Diane Robertson Is religion an important part of society? One Supreme Court Justice in Britain thinks so. Lord Sumption, has blamed a need for more laws on the decline in religion and traditional moral values. From 1997 to 2007 Britain added 3000 new laws in the...

David Jenks Same gender parenting is a controversial subject. Many people believe that a same gender couple could raise a child just as well as a heterosexual couple. This is an attack on the structure of the family and could have detrimental effects in the long...

  Rachel Allison The Thanksgiving Holiday offers us a specific season each year to reflect on our blessings. These past few days my thoughts have focused on my childhood and the impact my parents made on me during my formative years.  Their words, their priorities, their expressions...

by Kristi Kane During my last year of college, a young man in one of my creative writing classes wrote a story about a young woman who had been raped. I still remember the opening line of his story written in first person, in which the...

Monica Nicholas & Taylor Evans “Living apart from natural fathers can be associated with poverty and negative outcomes for children.”  Lisa Calderwood, London University, Institute of Education Scotty was a happy little four year old boy when his parents were divorced.  He stayed with his mom in...

Ann Bailey Gay advocacy groups continue to beat the drum that gays suffer from employment discrimination, but it seems that the problem is exactly the opposite.  Homosexuals actually enjoy a “wage premium.”  They earn 2.5% more than a similarly-situated heterosexual earner.   Yep, what you might have...

Diane Robertson There are many laws put in place to protect children—seat belt and car seat laws, laws that allow driving, drinking, and smoking only after children reach a certain age, and many more. Why? Because these laws protect children and are good for society. Seat...