UFI Blog

by Erin Weist Yesterday at church my congregation sang the well-loved American patriotic hymn, “America the Beautiful.”  (For those not familiar with the song the words are posted below.)  A few of the lines stood out to me as incongruous with current events, both in this...

By Candice LeSueur   It has been said that if you want to see where our society currently stands on the social spectrum, look to the popular TV shows that are being aired. I haven’t watched very much television at all the past few years, so I...

by Diane Robertson    A nation can never be better than its families. For much of the history of the United States beginning with the founding of the colonies, families devoted their lives to God. They did not all have the same religious beliefs, but...

by Tashica Jacobson There are many benefits that come from marriage. The couple, the children and even society is influenced by marriage. In a study of unhappily married couples, those who stayed together were happily married five years later. (Waite, 2002). While there may be difficult...

By Candice LeSueur I once heard a story about a girl who became pregnant and could not understand why. When she discussed her situation with her therapist, she said, “I didn’t even kiss him. So how could this have happened to me?” It was learned that...

by Diane Robertson This week has been a blow to Constitutional rights as the Supreme Court has handed out rulings on several cases. The first, second, and tenth amendment have all been ignored, as justices tossed aside the documents they pledged to uphold in favor of...

By Cinthia Jahnsen Is sugar really as harmful as some make it sound? The answer is "yes." Agave nectar, brown rice syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, glucose, lactose, malt syrup, molasses, sucrose. Do any of these sound familiar? Sometimes sugar is disguised as...

By Erin Weist The state of Mississippi is preparing to enact a notable bill passed earlier this year by the state legislature.  This “Religious Liberty Bill,” as it is described, was written as a result of certain events throughout the United States.  Those events are described...

Diane Robertson It’s hard to figure out liberal logic. Liberals will say that disagreeing with someone can tragically cause them to want to commit suicide, and therefore speech must be regulated. On the other hand, if the person who wants to commit suicide asks a doctor...

Erin Weist As a woman in today’s world I often feel that there are certain principles I am supposed to embrace. One of those ideas I feel pressured to adopt is to say that fairy tales are ridiculous because the basis for most of the stories...

Cinthia Jahnsen “We gain control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”                                            - The Giver, Lois Lowry. Released: to be set free;...

by Annalise Jarman Father's Day is Sunday, and I'd like to take this opportunity to write about my own father. My dad is quiet, studious, and detail-oriented. He can come across as pretty serious and stern. He likes things a certain way. So he might not...

by Mekelle Tenney I’m from a small town in Southern Utah, population 300. The 4th of July celebration is a big deal and something that everyone looks forward to. The day starts with the flag raising and the national anthem. We then have the traditional hot...

by Diane Robertson When I was a child, I wanted to be just like my dad. If he asked for mustard on his sandwich, I asked for mustard on mine. If he liked watching Star Trek, then so did I. It really didn’t matter what it...

by Candice LeSueur All of us on the train huddled together in the middle section away from the windows hoping to not be discovered by whoever was putting us in danger. My friend and I desperately embraced each other in silence as we horrifyingly awaited our...

by Erin Weist Trying to write an article this weekend was difficult.  I attended a funeral for a sweet 2-year old, mourning with her family and friends trying to grasp some meaning in this tragedy.  I woke Sunday to news of a mass shooting in Orlando,...

by Christie Masters The understandable and warranted outrage against a California judge who recently gave a rapist a lenient six month sentence has brought the terminology “Rape Culture” to the headlines of news articles. There has been a public outcry and a petition circulating to have...

by Rebecca Mallory “Everyone should be required to take economics and civics!” If I had a dime for every time my dad said that to one of his 9 children, I’d be rich. My dad was an economics and math major in college which unfortunately, didn’t...

by Diane Robertson Early on the morning on Jan. 18 two men riding bikes on the Stanford University campus spotted a man raping an unconscious woman. The man later identified as Brock Allen Turner, a student and swimmer at Stanford University, ran away when he saw...

by Cinthia Jahnsen I live in sunny southern CA where pool and beach season can be anytime from March through October, depending on mother natures temperament. As I drive around I always see signs out (huge signs) that say “Prevent Drowning, Alway Watch the Water.”   Well,...

By Candice LeSueur It is common for heterosexual parents to feel disappointment, anger, shock, or guilt when their child “comes out.” All other family members may initially have feelings of disbelief or denial as they come to terms with a new reality that becomes a significant...

by Tashica Jacobson The small town of Dietrich, Idaho is in shock over the recent events that transpired between football team members. Last October three boys shoved a coat hanger up another team member’s rectum. This instance was not isolated and came after a long series...