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Installing Playgrounds on the Roof of South America

During a recent trip to Sacred Valley, Peru, we installed playgrounds at 4 separate locations, 3 were above 13,000 fsl at high-elevation primary schools in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.  Unfortunarely, school was not in session, but we still … Continue reading

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Another Swing Set in Ghana, this Time in the North

Last year, I traveled to Ghana to install playgrounds at 3 separate locations around Accra, located in southern Ghana along its coast with the Atlantic Ocean.  Those installations went smoothly thanks to valuable help provided by Paul G., a Texan … Continue reading

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Proposals to Improve BYU

In a recent op-ed piece in sltrib.com, student Nate Delgado proposes that Brigham Young University eliminate its graduation requirement of 14-credit hours of religion classes: College is no joke. Students commit themselves to four or more years to intensive studying, … Continue reading

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How to Allocate Your LDS Tithe Contributions

Susan Brown at wheatandtares.org is not a happy camper.  Reacting to the revelation that the LDS Church has a $100B “rainy-day” fund: I’m totally disgusted. I don’t think I’m going to pay tithing next year (I have been teetering anyway, … Continue reading

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Why the LDS Church Doesn’t Contribute More to Humanitarian Causes

Aaron Miller, who teaches nonprofit management and ethics in the Romney Institute at BYU, has two excuses why the LDS Church doesn’t contribute more to humanitarian causes. Unexpected negative impacts It’s hard to do. To quote Aaron: A recent study by my … Continue reading

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LDS Church and Its “Rainy-day” Funds

A “whistleblower” recently claimed that the LDS Church has a $100 billion in one of its rain-day funds.  Unless the Church denies it (with proof), I will assume the allegation is true. A important question members are asking is:  What … Continue reading

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How Can the LDS Church Provide More Assistance to the Poor?

Over the last 34 years, the LDS Church has contributed just $2.2 billion toward humanitarian efforts.  I say “just” because that averages only $64 million/year.  Or put another way, $4/member/year.  Or $8/active member/year. I have a few suggestions about how … Continue reading

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