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Christopher Columbus: Saint or Sinner?

This Columbus Day is likely to bring a flood of comments over social media and news media about the evil nature of Columbus. As has been the case for the past few decades, pundits will use Columbus Day as an … Continue reading

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Why Columbus Matters

Some thoughts about Christopher Columbus and the Restoration October 12, 2015, marks the 523rd anniversary of the an event that changed the world. Three small wooden sailing ships from Palos, Spain, dropped anchor in a bay on the westward side … Continue reading

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Twelve Treasures at the DUP Museum

As part of our Pioneer Days celebrations we took our four Cincinnati-based grandchildren to the DUP Museum (Daughters of Utah Pioneers) on Saturday (the first time in more than a decade that I have been to the museum. As anyone knows … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Joseph Smith

June 27, 1844 At about 5:00 p.m. local time on June 27, 1844 – 171 years ago today – an armed mob attacked the jail in Carthage, Illinois, and murdered Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum. The murderous mobocrats undoubtedly hoped that the … Continue reading

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Paella: It’s Personal

“Paella,” according to Wikipedia, “is a Valencian rice dish with ancient roots that originated in its modern form in the mid-nineteenth century near Albufera lagoon, a coastal lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. The dish is widely regarded as Spain’s national dish, but … Continue reading

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My Spain: The Food Tour

OK, I already Instagrammed more than enough photos of food from Spain, so this is just a summary. In all of our planning for our recent trip to Spain, somehow we didn’t even think about food – we were focused … Continue reading

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My Spain: Missionary Reunion

One of the principle reasons we went back to Spain this fall was to hold a reunion with some of our missionaries who live there. About 70% of our missionaries were from North America, and most the rest were from … Continue reading

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My Spain: Columbus in Barcelona

In the spring of 1493, the Royal Court was in Barcelona, in residence at what is now known as the  Palau Reial facing the Placa del Rei. In April of 1493, Columbus traveled overland from Sevilla to Barcelona to make … Continue reading

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My Spain: Columbus in Castile

After four days in Andalusia, we took the AVE to Madrid. Our primary focus was to meet with former missionaries – more on that later – but we also rented a car and drove north to visit Medina del Campo, … Continue reading

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My Spain: Columbus in Andalucia

I don’t think we have ever taken a vacation just to take a vacation; every vacation has been motived and planned with some other objective. This comes, I am sure, as a result of my upbringing – we took a … Continue reading

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