Monthly Archives: February 2017

Two Important Elements of Utah Culture

On Sundays, I like to eat at the “El Mexsal” restaurant in Provo.  It is a great place to eat.  The food is inexpensive and tasty, and the service is friendly.  I like Sundays, because the customers are mostly Hispanics … Continue reading

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Playground Equipment for Jewish and Islamic Schools in Mbale, Uganda

During a recent visit to Mbale, Uganda, we visited 2 schools: one Jewish and one Islamic.  We first visited a black Jewish primary school located in the hills above Mbale.  The school, with an enrollment that is approximately 65 percent … Continue reading

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Skateboarding Park near Kampala, Uganda

As my friends and I were nearing Kampala, Uganda, I spotted something unexpected.  A concrete skateboarding park located next to the road we on.  According to my friends, it was only recently completed. Our driver pulled off the road, and … Continue reading

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New President at BYU-Idaho: Another Opportunity Lost

Elder Dallin H. Oaks recently announced that Henry J. Eyring will be the next President of BYU-Idaho. This would have been a great opportunity to diversify LDS Church leadership.  Was a woman even considered?  Was a non-white considered?  Was someone … Continue reading

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Mission of the LDS Church Relief Society, Really?

According to an article titled “The Gospel in Action” by the LDS Relief Society Presidency in the Church News, 12 Feb 2017, p. 15: . . . be reminded that the work of salvation includes covenant keeping work such as the … Continue reading

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A.J. Walker and the Trolley Square Shootings

Webmaster’s Note:  A few years ago, I spent a couple of weeks in Uganda with A.J. Walker and one of his post-shooting mentors, Tim Peters.  A.J. was a huge hit with the Ugandan children.  They loved him and he loved … Continue reading

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Holes and Gaps in LDS Church History

In the February 2017 issue of The Ensign, Keith A. Erekson, LDS Church History Library Director, tries unsuccessfully to sell historical research short.  And why does Erekson, who is a trained historian, try such an ironic task?  Apparently, he doesn’t want … Continue reading

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History and the Nutritional Value of Alcohol

By Andrew Curry, Writer [1] People drank the stuff (alcohol) for the same reasons primates ate fermented fruit:  because it [made them feel good and because] it was good for them.  Yeasts produce ethanol as a form of chemical warfare–it’s … Continue reading

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Our Primate Ancestors and Alcohol Consumption

By Andrew Curry, Writer [1] From our modern point of view, ethanol has one very compelling property:  It makes us feel good.  Ethanol helps release serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins in the brain, chemicals that make us happy and less anxious. … Continue reading

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Circumnavigating Lake Victoria, on Land

Our motor trip around Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, began in Masaka, Uganda. Our vehicle was an old Toyota SUV (the same one we had crashed 2 years before).  From Masaka, we headed south toward the Tanzania border. … Continue reading

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