Author: McKenzie Stauffer

Understanding perfectionism: It’s not unique to Mormon culture 

Perfectionistic ideals within the Mormon culture come from misunderstandings of church doctrine, according to both Kris Doty, a former professor of social work at UVU, and Matthew Draper, psychologist and professor of behavioral science. It’s not necessarily that the doctrine is wrong, it’s just that a person’s interpretation of the doctrine is inaccurate. Deter F. Uchtdorf addressed this issue during a session of the LDS General Conference in 2015. “It is a most wondrous thing, this grace of God. Yet it is often misunderstood. Even so, we should know about God’s grace if we intend to inherit what has...

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Students on London Study Abroad share what they learned in a foreign country

There is no better way to learn about Shakespeare than reading his plays in London, then going to see the play performed at The Globe Theatre according to Annika Clark, UVU English graduate and former participant in the London Study Abroad. “[The program] allowed me to be immersed in literature even more and encourage me to pursue higher education. To be able to experience what I was learning directly allowed me to gain a new level of understanding and curiosity,” Clark said. The study abroad trip to London, led by Rick McDonald, professor of English, and Phil Gordon, associate...

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The Geomatics program embraces new technology as nine students are set to graduate 

As new technology is invented almost weekly, nine out of the 35 declared geomatics majors, who are set to graduate in April, are learning to adapt these advancements in technology to help them be precise in measurements, map making and other important jobs in their field of study. “Our program has really changed a lot, relative to the use of the tools but the principles are the same. It’s a different way of applying the tools to the principles,” said Dan Perry, engineering graphics and design technology professor and program developer and coordinator for the Geomatics. “That’s what we...

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Perfectionism in Mormon Culture: How community members suffer from judgement and simple misunderstandings

How community members are suffering from judgment and simple misunderstandings. Recent studies show perfectionism within the Mormon culture is having a negative effect on community members because of the high, sometimes unrealistic standard of perfection that members hold themselves and others too. Both Kris Doty, former professor of social work at UVU, and Matthew Draper, psychologist and professor of behavioral science at UVU, found that perfectionism within the Mormon culture usually comes from an individual or a group of people misunderstanding a certain Mormon doctrine. For example, Matthew 5:48 from the King James version of the Bible states “Be...

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Top 10 best late-night food run stops in Utah County: Part 2

Late night cravings should not be ignored. Those instincts are important and should not be satisfied by a cup of fruit or some milk. Go get the good stuff. Here are the last five of the top 10 best late-night stops in Utah County, so you can go to bed happy and full. The Chocolate Dessert Cafe It’s all in the name. The Chocolate is the place to go when your sweet tooth is screaming at you during the late hours of the night. You’ll find a number of different sweets to choose from. The Chocolate has brownies, cakes,...

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