Monthly Archives: February 2015

More Swing Sets for Africa

On a recent trip (Jan/Feb 2015) to Uganda and Ethiopia, we installed 3 new swing sets, finished a wooden one that partially completed, and made a few repairs to several existing swings.  I love installing swing sets around the world. … Continue reading

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Trekking Through the Middle Ages (in Ethiopia)

During my LDS Mission to Belgium and France, I fell in love with all things medieval; I particularly wondered about the living conditions of ordinary peasants.  As a result, as an undergraduate at BYU, I majored in history with a … Continue reading

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Priests, Monks, and a Nun of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is the predominant Christian church in Ethiopia.  It is one of the few pre-colonial Christian churches of sub-Saharan Africa and its origins date back to the 4th century AD.  With its ancient churches and rituals, … Continue reading

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The “Ensign’s” Credibility Hits a New Low

In the March 2015 Ensign magazine–an official publication of the LDS Church–hits a new low.  Despite minor steps forward:  (1) reprinting Elder Jeffery R. Hollands remark about Mother Teresa (page 8) and an angel with wings (pages 1 and 5), there are … Continue reading

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Drums in African LDS Church Services

This blog has, for the last year, advocated the use of drums in LDS Church services, particularly those in Africa.  I was encouraged when this same message was expounded in  In a postscript to an article about Africa, SteveP … Continue reading

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Working with Inmates in Ugandan Prisons

Over the last few years, I have visited Uganda at least 10 times.  One of the most interesting things that my fellow travelers and I do is spend a little time visiting and assisting low-security prisons. Our first introduction to … Continue reading

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Visiting Ancient Rock Churches Around Lalibela, Ethiopia

After you are through visiting the medieval rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia, it is recommended that you visit a few in the countryside.  I’ve visited a total of 5 during my two trips.  Two are located in shallow caves, and 3 are … Continue reading

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