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November 2012

Chocolate

When I was 25 I swore off chocolate. I thought is was making me sick. No hot chocolate, no chocolate ice cream, no chocolate candy. After some months, I would give this up and eat it again. I love chocolate.  Years later, I was surprised to learn that the cocoa bean is one of the most potent anti-oxidants on the planet. The bean must not be processed with alkali - otherwise known as dutch processing - which is done to change the flavor and preferred by some bakers, but shunned by many gourmet companies.

History of the World

Countless textbooks have been written on the History of the World. Thousands of scholars have dedicated their lives to researching its various details. Volumes continue to be written to catalogue as many details as possible. It is interesting to learn details of other people, their customs, religion, and way of life. The scriptures are a summary of the religious side of the history of the world - and for the most part, a spiritual history of descendants of Abraham.

“New Mormon History” and Invigorating Faith

When I was in graduate school, a few friends and I would get together and read various articles on Church History. Since I had really enjoyed Church History, this was of interest to me. We read articles from various academic publications. I was familiar with most of these publications, having taken a course from a Professor at Ricks College who assigned reading from them in a church history course. During this course there were some articles that challenged my previous perceptions of church history.