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Mormon Service Advocates Launch New Faith-Themed Website, Podcast

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 7:46 PM


SALT LAKE CITY--"No Poor Among Them" is more than a passage of LDS scripture. For a handful of Mormon humanitarians, it's the name of an organization -- one dedicated to finding and applying LDS approaches to eradicating global poverty. That organization, started more...

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The Definitive Top Ten Renditions of 'O Holy Night'

(11) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 5:12 PM

In the annals of Christmas music, one song stands out. In the holiday cannon, it is the carol of carols. It's also the benchmark of aspiring vocalists, and the end all of so many singers.

This Holy Grail of vocal gravitas is really just about one note. And while listening...

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InterAction's Development Forum: Reflections and Anticipations

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 6:45 PM


It's that time of year again where some of the biggest personalities in international development head to Washington, D.C., for the preeminent conference of international charities and humanitarian professionals known as the InterAction Forum.

The dust has long settled since last year's...

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Utah's First, Legal Same-Sex Wedding Starts Marriage Snowball

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 4:24 PM

Upon hearing of the news, Michael Adam Ferguson and J. Seth Anderson rushed to the Salt Lake County Clerk's office on Friday and requested a legal and binding license to be married.

Likely the first same-sex couple to legally wed in the state of Utah, the couple's Facebook posts...

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Black Friday: Lessons Learned

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 5:17 PM

A few years ago, when big retail giants started the troubling trend of opening earlier and earlier on Black Friday, daring to begin on the first minute of the day (where have those good days gone?), I admit I was caught up in the glint and anticipatory glimmer of a...

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Can Storytelling Affect Social Change?

(3) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 1:27 PM


The power of storytelling is indisputable. Stories make us laugh, cry, hope, love and feel compassion. Stories can inspire action as they're shared across dinner tables and computer screens around the world. And particularly in the realm of social enterprise, this sharing of stories...

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5 Ways to Avoid Airline Fees

(3) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 5:35 PM

It's summer, and this much is known: It's expensive to fly. Add the mounting surcharges of new or unexpected fees and the overall cost of a ticket becomes a punch-in-the-gut punishment for travelling by air. To this end, savvy travelers with tricks of their own, combat airline fees in myriad...

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5 Reasons You Should Attend #NCVS

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 11:37 AM

The National Conference on Volunteering and Service (#NCVS) is the annual, massive gathering of volunteering and community service individuals, professionals and advocates convened by the Atlanta-based Points of Light service organization. And in just over a week, thousands of individuals will descend on the nation's capital...

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Immigration, Equality and the Public Opinions of Mormons

(11) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 6:43 PM

Disclosure: The author is Mormon.

When it comes to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's involvement in the public sphere of social policy, a question I have is this: Why is it OK to disagree with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's stance and policies...

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From Aurora to Sandy Hook, and the Character of America's Lawmakers

(8) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 1:27 PM

The Initial Processing:

July 20th, 2012: It's not really a shock, unfortunately, that someone would plan in advance a mass killing of unsuspecting strangers in a public place. American society has seen these events only increase in popularity within the past decade, and not just in movies.

Ergo, after seeing...

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World Malaria Day and 3 Things You Can Do to Help

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 5:20 PM

It's World Malaria Day and this year, we can't let the sun set without taking one simple action for Malaria eradication efforts across the world. There are many great organizations fighting to stop Malaria, and you can make a difference right now that you'll feel good about before falling into...

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Turning Points: A Personal Essay On Service and Answering the Call to Volunteer

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 11:00 PM

When I contemplate how my life has pivoted from what was just a comfortable apathy to now a determined activism, it's hard to pinpoint the singular moments of change. I think for many who are engaged in the culture of service, there is probably some part of them that has...

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