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    How to deal with a crisis of faith

    Just like you, I’ve had a crisis or two of faith. And I’m sure neither you or I is done with having these crises. My first crisis was about Joseph Smith. My second was about revelation. My third was about the temple. My fourth was about non-prophet church leaders. My fifth was about Mormon culture and doctrine. You might be thinking to yourself, “Jesse, those are pretty big-topic issues you dealt with.” If you aren’t, that’s what I would’ve thought if I had read that list. Or maybe you’re thinking, “Yep, been there,” or “Yep, I am there.” I struggled, but I wanted to stay with my God. So how…

  • Science

    Disseminating Scientific Truth: Keeping Fake News Out of Science Writing

    Fake science news has been around for a long time. Let’s take a little stroll down memory lane, shall we? Remember when Dr. Andrew Wakefield published his infamous paper in 1998 that claimed a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism?[1] And then remember how Jenny McCarthy latched onto that study like nobody’s business? And she went on talk shows and advocated against autism—even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the UK National Health Service, the US National Academy of Science, the Cochrane Library, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all researched Dr. Wakefield’s study and found no connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. Dr. Wakefield’s paper…

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    The Key to Happiness is Within Your Reach

    If you’ve asked me if I’m okay in the past two months, I’ve probably started crying or said, “I’m okay.” But a good number of you have gotten an emphatic, “I’m doing good!” and a smile. Apparently heartbreak makes you cry (okay, I already knew that, just not to this extent). But somehow, I also have this outpouring of happiness. How the heck does that happen? One word: gratitude. Yeah, it’s probably a cliché at this point that gratitude leads to happiness. But let me explain myself for those of you who are curious enough to keep reading.   No experience is wasted if you learn something from it This…

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    How to stay active in your faith 

    We all have questions, and sometimes we want to leave the church. But here’s why you shouldn’t leave church attendance behind. #1: It’s not about what people believe; it’s about God. I’ve had a lot of issues with Mormon culture and people’s expectations. Even just recently, my sister told me that people perceive me as this perfect person, which I get annoyed by. And I have issues with people saying that I have to do things a certain way—when what they tell me isn’t doctrine. Rather, it’s based on personal opinion or something that someone said one time. But I don’t go to church for people; I go to church…

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    How Metallica Changed My Mind

    Today, I realized that metal music isn’t just noise. I know, I’m sorry to all the heavy metal lovers. For Christmas, I bought some matching Metallica shirts for me and a Metallica fan (because that’s what you do when you like someone, right?). But to be honest, I hadn’t ever really listened to any of Metallica’s music. So I figured I should know what I was supporting, and I listened to the “Ride the Lightning” album. The first time was a little rough, and I stopped listening to it in the middle of the last song on the album (But it was the deluxe version, so I basically heard all the songs).…

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    Seattle Grunge: Comfort and Flair

    This week I watched an interview with the former creative director of Elle magazine, Joe Zee. He mentioned each person’s “personal style,” which made me think again about what is considered “style.” And then it reminded me that I thought this chica was stylish even though she wasn’t wearing what typically catches my eye (bold colors and interesting shapes—a.k.a. Mindy Kaling’s wardrobe). But she’s hardcore rocking the Seattle grunge, and she isn’t even from Seattle (but she did live there for a little bit and loved it). Plaid is the first sign of a possible Seattle-ite outfit. I clearly remember a guy from my Washington high school that wore a red…

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    Dat Black In Da Heat Tho

    I know what you’re thinking. What has possessed this chico to wear black in the summer? He’s just pulling an Amy Winehouse and going back to black. What’s classier than the color black? When you think of sophistication and taking on an attitude of “cool,” you think of people walking around New York City in black or poetry beatniks sitting in a coffee shop snapping their fingers. But when it’s the time for swimsuits and rompers, should people be sweating in the sun? People actually say that wearing darker colors in the sun will decrease your chances of a sun burn. According to skincancer.org, dark colored clothing has a UPF (ultraviolet…

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    How To Make Friends (A.K.A. Don’t Bite People)

    I love the peoples, and I really love my friends. But they weren’t always my friends. We had to become friends first. So if you were wondering how to make friends, I got’choo (Translation: I got you). First, I’ll start by explaining how to NOT make friends. THE rule: Biting is not an appropriate tactic to use when trying to make friends. I was in a class that involved lots of human interaction, so I met quite a few people. For some reason I just wasn’t super social in this class (even though it was kind of forced upon us). I was just like that aloof girl who people may…

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    Love Is The Stories That Will Be Told

    “Once you get to know someone, you’ll love them.” That’s what my friend Sammi says, and she’s right. Homophobia is a real thing, and it’s not okay. Last weekend, 49 people were killed in a gay bar in Orlando, Florida. And it was really upsetting. So I asked myself, what can I do to make a difference? Last semester for a journalism research course I did, I interviewed 16 people about various topics related to the LGBT community. What really got to me was the stories of people who had experiences that I’d never had. It’s easy to categorize someone or assume that they are a certain way when we don’t…

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