For Christians across the United States, Easter services on Sunday will reflect an extra measure of joy as the nation experiences rising optimism after a year of pandemic. Even if still observing restrictions, many churches may draw the largest numbers of in-person worshippers in months.

This week I went to Salt Lake to see a pulmonary specialist for a chronic cough that I have had for well over a year. Having already exhausted the possible causes with respiratory tests, chest x-rays and even a CT scan, the decision was to pass me and my symptoms onto a specialist.

All adult women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are included as members of the Relief Society, the church’s women’s organization. Formally organized in 1842, women in the church originally wanted to form a charitable society to meet the needs in their community by caring f…

Asian American Christian leaders said Thursday their congregations are saddened and outraged after a white gunman killed eight people — most of them women of Asian descent — at three Atlanta-area massage parlors. And they’re calling for action beyond prayers.

Recently, I was at the car wash vacuuming the crumbs and gathering random rubbish out of my vehicle. I was appalled at the mess that had built up, creating a layer of broken toy, winter glove, and granola bar wrapper rubble that had become a geographical layer of debris.

Yesterday, Jan. 22, was National Sanctity of Human Life Day; this day marks the historic 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. When President Reagan decreed the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day on Jan. 13, 1984, he wrote, “The values and freedoms we cherish as Americans rest on our fundamental…

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Inside hospital rooms across America, where the sick are alone without family to comfort them, the grim task of offering solace falls to overworked and emotionally drained hospital chaplains who are dealing with more death than they’ve ever seen.

What are you looking forward to in the New Year? The common answer that I hear is for things to return to how they were. As attractive as this may sound, I wonder if this is really what we want. My guess is that we are simply wanting to leave the troubles of 2020 behind.

For five Cache Valley residents, discovering family ties to the original Pilgrims on the Mayflower has been an exciting process — and their research revealed they are descendants of not just one, but several of the settlers as a result of marital relationships begun on the ship.

A couple weeks ago, I indulged my children by buying them breakfast at the McDonald’s drive-thru window. As we pulled away, hot biscuit sandwiches in hand, we noticed a homeless man holding a sign near the stoplight.

The word “waiting” describes what most of us have felt in 2020. From weddings to travel, it seems that our lives have been put on hold either waiting for something to end or waiting for the other shoe to drop. If that describes you, maybe you are waiting for change in 2021.

I have a complicated relationship with the principle of obedience. I want to do the right thing, but it’s hard for me to invest in the “right thing” if I don’t understand or appreciate the reasons behind it.

As Halloween and Election Day converge upon us, it’s hard to discern which will be the bigger fright night! For some, the election causes greater fear than the fright house down the street. Have you considered why? Why are the elections eliciting fear and anxiety in us?

This past weekend I went climbing with a friend at City of Rocks National Reserve in Southern Idaho. The National Park Service promotes it saying, “There’s inspirational scenery, exceptional opportunities for geologic study, and remnants of the Old West awaiting your discovery.” But of cours…

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the patience of some religious leaders across Africa who worry they will lose followers, and funding, as restrictions on gatherings continue. Some evangelical Christian leaders in Uganda have launched a campaign with the now-universal p…

JERUSALEM (AP) — Eating apples dipped in honey on Rosh Hashana is a Jewish tradition to symbolize a sweet start of the New Year. But in Israel, bitterness prevails on the eve of the holiday as the country faces a second nationwide lockdown to stem a raging coronavirus outbreak.

A few years back a friend told me about the verse that I had shared with him that brought him to faith. I was surprised by the verse that had impacted him. The primary verse that I had wanted him to understand was 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering…

The man stood in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in a hazmat suit, gloves, respirator and goggles. Two soldiers wearing face masks bowed their heads solemnly. Over a dozen more in full-body gear paused from disinfecting the popular tourist site overlooking Rio de Janeiro’s skyline an…

I should be helping my oldest son pack for college, but instead, I am making lists of what I ought to be doing while compulsively eating through another son’s bag of Hi-Chew candy.

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — While many conservative-leaning religious voters warmed to him long ago, Trump has struggled to win over Latter-day Saints. His penchant for foul language clashes with the church’s culture teaching modesty and self-restraint, and his isolationist foreign policy is anathema…

As I was thinking about the times and season that we are living in, I remembered the words written in the 10th century BC by the Preacher in Ecclesiastes: “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a tim…

I recently visited Zion and Yosemite National Parks for the first time. What a joy it was to hike through them both! While at Yosemite, a friend offered me a quote from author John Piper: “Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and contemplating your own greatness is pathological.” Isn’t t…

(AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday formally reconverted Istanbul’s sixth-century iconic Hagia Sophia into a mosque and declared it open to Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had turned it into a museum.

What are you longing for at this time? While peace may not top your list, I’m certain that it’s somewhere on everyone’s list. Peace encompasses many of the things that we feel a lack of today; everything from relational peace to civil peace to spiritual peace. Maybe you have a longing for on…

With Governor Herbert’s directive allowing churches to meet while observing certain social distancing requirements, many of Cache Valley’s churches have or will soon resume services. A number of churches like ours will meet this Sunday for the first time in 2 months. For better or worse, it …

Remotely read Hindu prayers containing verses from the world’s oldest known scriptures will open the meetings of eight city councils and two county commissions in Northern Utah during the next two weeks.

One of Charles Dickens’ better known quotes is from The Tale Of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the seaso…

Today is Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter — we might say, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” The darkness of Good Friday when Jesus was crucified and died was replaced by the light of the resurrection remembered at Easter. On Holy Saturday between the two, I want to …

In a throwback to the time of drive-in movies, Mt. Logan Baptist Church in North Logan is planning a drive-in church service Sunday in its parking lot at 1601 N. 400 East.

COVID-19 has upended all of our lives. With local schools shuttered and parents left scrambling to find daycare so they can work, both employees and employers are feeling the impact of the uncertainty that is gripping our community. With each day bringing a new and deeper reason for concern …

When in college, I left the church denominational affiliation I had grown up in. There were many reasons, but the primary one was that it did not proclaim the biblical message of the salvation that brings us hope. Instead it preached a humanistic message of what we are to do.

The stores are stocked with cards and candy to observe Valentine’s Day, but it was a recent trip to the veterinarian’s office that left me feeling better prepared to celebrate love.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In Midwestern boots or bare feet in sandals, the faithful walked in procession down a snow-covered street here, keeping the rhythm of festive music and carrying paintings of St. Paul, the patron saint of their hometown of Axochiapan, Mexico.

The local non-profit the Center for Pregnancy Choices (The Center) is celebrating 11 years of caring for women facing unplanned pregnancies. The community is invited to a meet and greet Ice Cream Social at Cache Valley Bible Fellowship on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 6:30. The mission of The Center …

Every December, against my better judgment and any wisdom learned from past experience, I attempt to create precious Christmas traditions with my children.

U.S. cardinals needed someone who was willing, in the spring of 2002, to face waves of microphones and cameras and answer questions about a clergy sexual abuse crisis that kept growing more and more intense.

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