My family recently returned from a trip to Mexico. In case you’ve never been there, Mexico is one of the most beautiful places on this planet. I know you’ve probably heard about crime-ridden cities and drug cartels, but have you also heard about the breathtaking scenery? The majestic cliffs?…

My teen son recently got his driver’s license. It’s been a complicated emotional adjustment for me. Author Elizabeth Stone says having a child “is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

What if I told you that you were “Made for more.” More of what? We are likely to intuitively have a nagging feeling that there has to be more to life than what we are experiencing. In fact, we have coined the phrase of “mid-life crisis” to describe what some experience when they approach the…

Not long enough ago, I was fighting rats in my garage. I wasn’t fighting them in hand-to-rodent-foot combat, but for the amount of effort and energy the problem was costing me, mixed martial arts with rats would have been more efficient.

It was a television show, of all things, that led Cache Valley resident James Peterson to his current interest in the Book of Mormon, traveling around the U.S. to try and discover the stories, places and artifacts behind it.

My record collection was partly destroyed a few years ago when my shop was flooded. They had been in storage for a couple decades because I no longer had a stereo system to play them on. On a couple occasions, I had connected a record player to my computer to make digital recordings, but I a…

LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has released its annual report for 2018, which shows that the Church and its more than 1,900 partners assisted with 2,885 projects in 141 countries last year.

Each of us have dreams that we are chasing; goals that we are straining to achieve. When we’re young, our dream may be to own our own home or to have a certain career. As we age, our goals can change to having financial security and better overall health. However, the pursuit of tomorrow’s g…

A renowned Salt Lake City pastor who knew and marched with the late Martin Luther King Jr. will give the keynote address at the Logan Tabernacle next week as part of Cache Valley’s annual celebration honoring the late civil rights leader.

ith the arrival of December at the end of the week, local churches are set to begin Advent with a variety of services spanning until Christmas.

If you listed the top things that you least like to do, I’m pretty sure that waiting would be on your list. I know that it’s on mine. It doesn’t matter if it is waiting at a red light or a line at the store, we would rather have an express lane option where we could skip the line.

A few years ago, my wife asked me to workout with her at a gym that had rows of exercise equipment. I signed up and joined her but it didn’t take long before I lost motivation to work out by myself on these machines. A short time later I canceled my membership.

You know the expression, “Can’t win for losing?” I felt this a while back. In fact, maybe like you, I feel it often. I’ve been a Type 1 Diabetic for over 30 years. This means that I need to take insulin to regulate my blood sugars throughout the day. The other evening, as I was headed toward…

Growing up in Northwestern Montana, Donald Woody didn’t attend church. It wasn’t until his junior year of high school that he would start reading the Bible and pursuing a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Every fall family and student’s routines must change with the start of a new school year. The number of new things can be daunting. From new schools to new teachers to new friends to new classes. New can be fun. It breaks up the tedium. But new can also be overwhelming.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Anna Quindlen, wrote, “Life is not so much about beginnings and endings as it is about going on and on and on. It is about muddling through the middle.” Possibly a better thought is that, “There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will re…

The Liberty Quartet, an Idaho-based Southern Gospel group, will perform at Emmanuel Baptist Church at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, July 22, in Hyrum.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Utah businessman is abandoning plans for a massive development in four rural Vermont towns based on the papers of Mormon founder Joseph Smith after fierce opposition to the project.

What comes to your mind when I mention a road trip? Is it positive or negative? I hope that it is positive, however, the reality is that many road trips either start or finish with bumps in the road.

At the Emmanuel Baptist Church’s annual Women’s Friendship Luncheon, women of the congregation gathered to support each other and recognize the blessings in the unexpected. Together, they explored the significance of the Bible verse Jeremiah 17:7 in their own lives: “But blessed is the one w…

With Utah State University graduations behind us and high school graduations approaching, many are stepping into uncharted territory. Obviously, graduates are looking to an undefined future, but graduation means changes for their families too. New beginnings, challenges, empty nests – maybe …

As a longtime fan of Fred Rogers, I am enthusiastically awaiting the release of this summer’s movie “You Are My Friend.” The film depicts the real-life tale of a reporter who is sent to interview Mr. Rogers for a feature story and finds his entire life changed for the better through his inte…

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An LDS Church member supervising young missionaries in Puerto Rico was removed from the post and kicked out of the religion after female missionaries reported behavior that was “immoral and sinful,” the church announced Thursday.

To the North Koreans gathered beneath a crucifix in an apartment in this northeastern Chinese border region, she is known as “mom.” She feeds them, gives them a place to stay and, on occasion, money.

This March we visited family in Kauai. If you’re from Cache Valley, it’s likely that the warm weather and beaches of Hawaii are the very things that defines paradise. But what happens when paradise doesn’t measure up to our expectations? It necessitates a redefinition of paradise.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The LDS Church came out against a medical marijuana ballot initiative in Utah on Tuesday as opposition mounts against the proposal that would allow people with certain medical conditions access to pot.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who says a former LDS Church missionary leader raped her in the 1980s and that the church failed to take her allegations seriously has filed a lawsuit, saying Thursday she wants the church to change the way it handles sexual abuse reports.

The twin-spired church in this southern Chinese village was packed with more than a thousand Catholics observing Good Friday, but the bishop who tends to the congregation was not among them. Just a day earlier, government agents had taken him away.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The LDS Church faced more criticism Monday about its approach to sexual abuse after a top leader praised the #MeToo movement but referred to sexual misconduct as “non-consensual immorality,” a remark that some say could be interpreted as victim blaming.

A historic weekend for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continued Sunday as LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson announced more changes to how the church will operate with regard to ministering to its members and announced the building of seven new temples.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — About 1,000 current and former Mormons marched to the church’s headquarters in Salt Lake City Friday to deliver petitions demanding an end to closed door, one-on-one interviews between youth and lay leaders where sexual questions sometimes arise.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The LDS Church is changing its guidelines for how local leaders handle sexual abuse reports and one-on-one meetings with youth a week after a former prominent missionary leader was accused of sexually assaulting two women in the 1980s.

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a letter and resource document Monday to LDS Church leaders in the United States and Canada. The resource document includes an updated version of guidelines first issued in 2008.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The LDS Church said Friday it is investigating a second accusation of sexual assault against a former missionary leader dating back to the 1980s and vowed to “bring accountability” for what has occurred.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former LDS Church missionary leader under investigation by church officials over sexual assault allegations said he asked the alleged victim to expose herself to him during a 1984 encounter but that he didn’t rape her, a police report reveals.

Surrounded by middle schoolers in the basement of First Presbyterian Church on Monday evening, Meg Vail had an opportunity to introduce herself to the youth as the new associate pastor of the church.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The LDS Church is investigating a former missionary training center president who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the 1980s, following the release this week of a secret audio recording where he is heard apologizing to her and citing a sex addiction.

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Four LGBT students at LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University spoke to about 600 students about what it’s like to reconcile their religious beliefs with sexual identities that don’t fit within the religion’s belief system.

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