Suicide was the leading cause of death among 10 to 17-year-old children in Utah again last year and experts believe children who regularly attend religious services or eat meals with their family are at lower risk of committing the act.
"Last year we were over 600 (suicides)," Dr. Todd Grey, chief medical examiner for Utah told Fox 13 about suicides in the state. "We're certainly on track for being over 600 this year. So that means every day, on average, we're going to see at least one to possibly two suicides."
In less than a decade, according to The Associated Press, suicide rates among Utah's youth has tripled. A state report released this month shows Utah's youth suicides was 8.5 per 100,000 people in 2014, the most recent data available. In 2007, the rate was just 3.0 per 100,000. more >>
A pastor and single mother "by choice" with a son battling cancer is now asking for help as she struggles to pay mounting medical bills and fight being evicted from her home.
The Reverend Brandee Jasmine Mimitzraiem of Embry Chapel A.M.E Church in Utah, who declares on her bio page on the church's website that she is a "proud single mother by choice of two wonderful sons," revealed in a Good4Utah report Wednesday that she is overwhelmed with trying to care for her family and the church at the same time.
"I want stability for my sons...," Mimitzraiem told Good4Utah. "I'm stuck between doing what's right for my congregation and doing what's right for my kids. And I'm here, and I'm just – I'm torn – and it hurts, and I'm afraid, and I really don't know what's going to happen or what to do." more >>
Republican Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert is expected to sign legislation Tuesday declaring pornography a "public health hazard" and punish computer technicians who fail to report finding child pornography during their work.
The legislation comes some seven years after a Harvard Business School study found that Utah, despite the state's reputation for wholesomeness, had the highest per capita purchasers of online adult entertainment in the U.S.
For decades former NASA contractor Bob Ebeling was haunted by his failed effort to stop the 1986 launch of the space shuttle Challenger after discovering defective O-rings that caused the spacecraft to disintegrate in flight, claiming the lives of seven astronauts. Just weeks before his death on Monday, however, the 89-year-old man had found peace.
Following a story commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Challenger tragedy, in which Ebeling said he still suffered from feelings of regret, NPR reports that many of its readers and listeners reached out to Ebeling to express their support.
"Ebeling heard from hundreds of NPR readers and listeners, who responded to our January story," the news agency reported. more >>
Megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress is hitting back against conservative radio host Glenn Beck's accusation that evangelicals voting for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are "not listening to their God," by stating that Beck does not know God's mind.
After Beck commented at a Utah rally for Sen. Ted Cruz that "all throughout the South the evangelicals are not listening to their God," Jeffress, who leads the 12,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, said that "Beck's wacko comment speaks for itself."
"However, by using the phrase 'their God' to refer to the God we evangelical Christians worship, Beck is finally admitting that the true God of the Bible is different than the god of the Book of Mormon. I congratulate Beck for his honesty in differentiating between the two," Jeffress told Breitbart News. more >>
At a campaign rally for Sen. Ted Cruz in Utah Saturday, popular radio host Glenn Beck accused evangelical Christians who are supporting Republican frontrunner Donald Trump of "not listening to their God."
"Utah has an incredible opportunity. So many Christians have been standing up. But all throughout the South the evangelicals are not listening to their God. Let us raise a standard in Utah," Beck said in support of Trump's Republican rival.
Addressing Mormon voters directly, Beck then asked: "Where the hell are the priesthood holders? Where are you? Thank you. It's time to stand up. It's time to stand up. You know what time it is. The priesthood is supposed to rise up and restore the Constitution. Now is that time. Period." more >>