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FSY Decentralizes EFY, But Will High-Energy Faith Overwhelm Some?

By Karen Austin

When my children were between 14 and 18 years old, we sat down a few times and explored the possibility of sending them to a BYU sponsored Especially for Youth conference. Neither of my children attended for a variety of reasons (costs, logistics, apprehension about going without a close friend, seeing that the programming would …

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How can I help you? Using Home Centered Church to Boost Emotional Health

By Michelle Lehnardt

, I’d already drafted this post before I noticed the top story pushed to the newsfeed on my phone this morning: One Teenager Killed Himself. Six More Followed. It’s a haunting story from the Wall Street Journal about the epidemic of teen suicides in Utah. I’ll let you read the story and come to your own …

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Growing Up

By Megan Wilcox Goates

At what point does a person realize she is now more or less old? Is it when she personally finds the cold-shoulder trend in women’s clothing hideous? Or is it when her teenager inadvertently points out her agedness? (Asking for a friend.) Seventy-five percent of my children have special needs. This is not hyperbole, it’s …

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This Is Your Task. You Are Called To It

By Megan Wilcox Goates

It happened while I was doing my physical therapist-prescribed workout in front of the TV. That’s when God spoke to me. I’m not much of a TV-watcher, except for the occasional Masterpiece series, which I will devour in a matter of days. Please do not disturb. Muchas gracias. The end. But when I’m grunting and …

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I’m Not Writing About my Teenagers…

By Justine Dorton

My kids don’t want me to write/blog about them anymore. They’re older and ‘enphoned’, as it were. If I were to talk about them, they think I’d embarrass them by talking about their crushes, their Youth Conference dance moves, their drivers ed adventures, their A.C.T. Scores. I would absolutely talk about that stuff, it’s true, …

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The Other B Word

By Terresa Wellborn

Once upon a time two sisters moved to a new city. They were twelve and fourteen. Their new city was a land of foreign prairies and sprawling freeways, wide and open spaces. Being Mormon, they attended their new red brick church house, hoping to make friends. They were met with kindness from many, but from …

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