A Little Bit of Love

A Little Bit of Love

By: Daniela Cota Dating can be great. I’m sure marriage can be even better. Don’t get me wrong though; if you’re single, take a moment and appreciate it. Recently, a few wonderful women in the church such as Sister Oaks have come out to share […]

Baby Name Horrors

Baby Name Horrors

By: Elizabeth Hansen Choosing a baby name can either be an easy baby checklist item or a daunting task! What really matters in this process is that mom and dad are both in love with the name and happy with their decision. However, that doesn’t […]

BYU Passover Seder

BYU Passover Seder

By: Kaytee Johnson

Did you know that BYU has held a Passover Seder service every year for over 40 years? And that it’s one of the biggest in the western United States?


Dr. Jeffrey Chadwick (a professor of Religious Education at BYU and the Jerusalem Center) directs the service, which includes a catered meal of unleavened bread, bitter herbs, and other traditional foods. The catering staff is even asked to prepare the meal in a “kosher” style. It is not an exact replica service, but a “simulated” service, as Chadwick calls it, because it is not on the calendar night of Passover and is altered slightly to help the­­ mostly Christian audience appreciate and connect with the service.


Why attend such an event? Gaining familiarity with and appreciation for people of other nations and faiths is an excellent experience for anyone. Further, this service may have implications in your own life and religion. Church manuals describe the Passover saying, “In addition to reminding Israel that God had protected them from the plague of death and delivered them from the Egyptians, the Passover also symbolized an important future event­—The atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, which delivers us from sin and death.” There are impactful symbols in the story and service that have deep meaning for Christians. These symbols include:


a first-born male lamb without blemish                                     the Savior

the blood of the lamb that saves them from death                   Christ’s shed blood that cleanses & saves the faithful

the removal of leaven                                                                      removal of sin through repentance

eating in haste                                                                                   responding eagerly to the deliverance the Savior offers


Speaking of this symbolism, Chadwick says, “Jesus was taking the Passover and using it for His own specific purposes.” He explained that Christ reminded His Jewish Apostles to remember the Passover Lamb—His sacrifice of body and blood—every time they ate the unleavened bread. “They would have understood that. Because we in the Christian community [often] don’t know very much about Judaism … we miss that symbolism. But it is there.”


Further, our sacrament meeting services continue as a type of “Passover” for us. Elder Howard W. Hunter said that just as the Passover was a covenant of protection for ancient Israel, the sacrament is a “new covenant of safety” for us (in Conference Report, Apr. 1974, 24; or Ensign, May 1974, 18).


Clearly, this is a remarkable event and is sure to be influential for anyone that attends. BYU’s service has attracted much attention in the last 4 years and was even mentioned in The Times of Israel.


Take a look at the information below and see if you can make it to a service this year!


  • Date: Fridays, March 15, March 22, and March 29, 2019
  • Time: Begins 6:00 p.m. (please arrive early)
  • Location: 3228 Wilkinson Student Center
  • Tickets: BYU students, faculty, and staff: $20 | General public: $30
  • The dinner lasts approximately 3 hours.
  • Attendees wear Sunday dress.
  • This service is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.
  • Dining service can accommodate most dietary restrictions.


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On The Same Page

On The Same Page

by: Mikaela Wilkins Growing up, my dad would sometimes say, “Do what I say, not what I do,” but as I’ve gotten older, I would say that statement only holds true some of the time. I got a mixed bag of information and examples from […]

Making Dinner Great Again: The Ingredients for a Politically Palatable Dinner Conversation

Making Dinner Great Again: The Ingredients for a Politically Palatable Dinner Conversation

by: Jamie Bjazevich Without any explanation needed, almost everyone knows the taboos of family dinner conversations.Eating together can be a bonding and unifying experience so naturally we avoid topics that could be sources of dispute—politics included. While we might still have a bad taste in […]

Dating Culture and the Taboo “No”

Dating Culture and the Taboo “No”

You know the drill.  You’ve just been asked out by someone that you don’t really know; and frankly, you’re not interested.  So, what do you say?  Dare you say, “no”?

Disclaimer:  I realize that not everyone adheres to the trends that I’ll discuss in this article and want only to call attention to a trend that is quite prevalent throughout what I’ve seen of the BYU cultural bubble.  I’ll also be speaking from a feminine perspective, but I believe that the exact same phenomenon exists on all ends of the romantic spectrum.

Growing up on the East Coast, I was always taught that honesty is the best policy.  If someone isn’t interested in something (anything—not just a potential partner), it’s best to just say so.  This way no one is confused, and everyone knows what’s going on in the other’s head.  There are no strange mind games to work through.

When I started attending BYU in the fall of 2015, I found myself immersed in a strange culture of “yes.”  My beloved “no” was practically a social taboo.

“You have to give him at least one chance,” I was taught and re-taught by friends and classmates. “You don’t really know until the second or third date if you like him or not!  Don’t be judgmental.  You have to get to know him!  Everyone is awkward on the first date!”

“Okay,” I thought. “I guess that’s how things work around here.  Free dinner for me!”

So I began to say “yes.”  Yes to the countless random boys who asked me out at the library. Yes to the other random friends of friends that found me on Instagram. Yes to the random guy who asked me out as I was sitting on a bench in the entryway of DI on my first week back to school after my mission.  And where did all of these yesses get me?  Did all of my “yesses” make anyone happier?  Did they benefit me or the guys that asked me out?  No, they didn’t.  Because here’s the thing—call me judgmental, but I think that many of us know within a few moments whether we are or are not attracted to a potential partner.  And if we aren’t attracted to him now, will we ever be attracted to him later?  Chew on it.  I say we won’t be.

My friends from freshman year weren’t wrong.  People are awkward on the first date, and you shouldn’t be judgmental.  I think that the second and third dates are fundamental if you’re on the fence about a guy.  That said, there’s something to be said for recognizing and admitting when you’re simply not attracted to a person—unattracted, I might say.  Plenty of guys that I’m simply not at all attracted to have asked me on dates, and I’ve said “yes” simply because of the social pressure.  On each of these dates, I ended up doing nothing but waste the boys’ time money on a date that I knew would never go anywhere.  I’ve tried several times to logic myself into liking boys because I’ve become so terrified of being judgmental that I ignore the basic laws of human attraction.  And it’s never once worked out well.

Obviously, we have to say “yes” sometimes.  If not, no one would ever find their happy ending and humanity would probably go extinct.  That said, I believe that it’s perfectly acceptable—wise, even—to say “no” when we know fairly well that we simply are not attracted to the opposite party.  Save the guy his money and save yourself the emotional trauma of ghosting him.  We all know that ghosting is terrible anyway, but how else do we get rid of these dates that we were never interested in to begin with?

Every single girl is not meant for every single guy, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  I love and appreciate the loving and open culture here at BYU that encourages us to get out of our bubbles and meet new people.  That said, I hope that when we accept dates, we do so because of a genuine interest in a person—not because of a derogatory, destructive social stigma.

Book of Mormon Challenge

Book of Mormon Challenge

By: Elizabeth Hansen For all the women who were able to watch, read, or hear about General Women’s Conference this past October, probably heard  President Nelson’s Book of Mormon challenge. He challenged all the women to read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover […]

Parenting for All

Parenting for All

By: Elizabeth Hansen Whether you are single, married and not ready for kids, don’t want children, struggling with infertility, or more, you can still be a parent—mother or father—in many ways. There are many relationships we have in our lives where we can step into […]

Use Your Words!

Use Your Words!

“I’ll come play with you really soon!”

Yeah, we’ve heard that one before.

I’m currently studying the English language in one of my classes, and we discussed a property of language known as cultural transmission. This means you learn and define words as you hear them; language is taught culturally. Well, the example my professor described for this principle is the word soon. Its original meaning was “without delay, forthwith, straightway,” whereas it has come to mean, in layman’s terms, “relatively quickly but not right now.” If it’s true that language is learned based on how it is heard being used, can’t you see how easily this shift in meaning could have occurred? One generation of parents uses the word “soon” to describe when they will play with their kids or when their next trip to Disneyland will be, and just like that the word the child learned has a different meaning than the one the parents thought they were using.

This is just one rather nerdy, but kind of fun, example of the influence the words you say have on those around you, especially in the case of your children. I knew a mother who over and over again, when talking about hard times or difficult situations, would say, “Yeah, it’s tricky!” She said this to her children and everyone who knew her when talking about problems. I loved it! For this mother, and the children she taught, nothing was ever so hard that it was impossible! It was only “tricky.” Tricks can be solved. Things that are “tricky” will go away and get better. I think this wonderful woman taught her children and all of us a thing or two about trials, just by using that one little word “tricky” in place of so many others she could have used.

As in every aspect of parenting, there’s not just one right way to speak to your children. There’s not a set vocabulary for good parents and bad ones. Just pay a little bit of attention to the things you say! Are you using words in a way that could distort their meaning for your children? Are you using words that teach your children something about the way you view the world? Your actions might speak louder than your words do, but your words still speak! You can use words many ways to communicate all those things you so desire your children to know.

Here’s a fun word to try (and to teach your kiddos) for when you don’t have the words!
Ineffable: too great for words; transcending expression


[1] “soon, adv.” OED Online, Oxford University Press, July 2018, Accessed 15 November 2018.

[1] “ineffable, adj. and n.” OED Online, Oxford University Press, July 2018, Accessed 15 November 2018.

Home Improvement – Interior Design Beginners Tips

Home Improvement – Interior Design Beginners Tips

As college students, newly weds, young parents, or even veterans in the marriage arena, your home can be a place of refuge that you can call your own and also personalize to your own tastes and desires. However, it can sometimes be tricky to know […]

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As college students, newly weds, young parents, or even veterans in the marriage arena, your home can be a place of refuge that you can call your own and also personalize to your own tastes and desires. However, it can sometimes be tricky to know how to arrange or decorate your house, especially if you can’t afford an interior designer or decorator.

While an interior designer or decorator might be wonderful to hire at some point in our lives, here are some beginner tips on how to arrange and manage the interior design of your own home. They are easy to follow and also give you a sense of power and understanding surrounding your own home.

First of all, lets get the definition straight of an interior designer versus an interior decorator. An interior designer understands how and why people behave so they can create a functional space specific to an individual or commercial business. An interior decorator, on the other hand, furnishes a space with items that are in fashion, beautiful, etc. While an interior designer can design and decorate, a decorator can decorate but cannot design.

Now, a few starter tips to improving the space of your home:

  1. Scale vs. Proportion: Scale is the actual size of an object while proportion is how big or small an object feels in relation to another object or to the room as a whole. So, have you ever felt like your space just isn’t big enough? Maybe its not the size of the room, but rather the scale and proportion of your furniture. Recently I felt the same way about my living room, but after removing our rather large scaled coffee table, the room seemed to double in size.
  2. Balance: Having balance, whether it be symmetrical, asymmetrical, or radial, can help a room feel bigger, smaller, more calming and familiar, and more! Symmetry can help you understand, organize, and control your space better.
  3. Emphasis: A common feature of emphasis is having a focal point in your space. Do you feel like there is so much going on in your space that you don’t even know where to start organizing, cleaning, or decorating? You might be having an emphasis problem. Creating a focal point can help your space feel less chaotic. This can be done through adding some color, a focal piece of furniture, etc. If you have too much of one color or too many demanding pieces of furniture, you will lose this sense of emphasis.
  4. Harmony: Harmony includes variety and unity. You want your space to have some variety to it, so as not to be overly boring, but it also needs unity so the space and all its elements go together. A good rule of thumb, is that if you are going to add a new element to your space (e.g., a new color), you need to add it at least three times so that the space maintains a sense of unity and not too much variety.

Of course, there are many more factors and details that go into making a good design, but hopefully these few will put you on the right path to evaluating your home and creating a more perfect space for you and your family.

All of these facts and principles came from the textbook, Interior Design by Stephanie A. Clemons and published through The Goodheart-Willcox Company, Inc. This is a great place to start to learn more.