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Jeffrey Sparks
Works at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Attended Northern Arizona University
Lives in Prescott, AZ
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“How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.” – Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan "How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin." - Ronald Reagan Vladimir Lenin I don't think Mr...
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The book that started revolutions in Russia and China (and not in a good way)
I was recently told that I should write a blog post about why Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were wrong - arguing not on values as I did in another post (though there is a place for that as well), but on facts and theories, c...
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Not all great history is found in the public sector
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Today is the birthday of Canada. On this day in 1867, the Canadian provinces became independent from Great Britain, and united together into a Confederation that still continues today. The 1st of July is to Canadians what the 4th of July is to Americans. To my Canadian friends, Happy Canada Day (Bonne Fête du Canada)! Hope it's a good one.
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Random astronomy post: The solar year of the planet Saturn is about 29.46 Earth years; which means that the last time Saturn was in its current position, “the Berlin Wall was still up, and the Cold War was still going on” (to quote one of my own posts). Since I lack more precise information about the solar year of Saturn, I don't know exactly when my “Saturn birthday” was; but I can say for certain that it was within the last few weeks. I am now one Saturn year old (or about 29.46 Earth years old); which makes me feel old for a single Mormon guy with no kids. (Makes me wonder how painful turning 30 will be … )
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The most mixed reaction I've ever had to a documentary
I have had a strong love-hate relationship with Ken Burns' "The West" ever since I first saw it, perhaps having more mixed feelings about it than any other documentary I've ever seen. There is so much good in it, and there is...
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The Congressional elections: How they work, and why they're important
The Constitutional Convention, 1787 The elections for the president of the United States of America have always gotten more attention than any other in this country. This is not surprising, given that the presidency is the on...
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Today is the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille in 1789, the event that began the French Revolution. The French celebrate Bastille Day (or “la Fête Nationale”) in much the same way that Americans celebrate the Fourth of July.
It is a revolution that is both celebrated and despised, sometimes even by the same people. It was begun with the best of intentions and the noblest of ideals, but it ended with the worst of results after thousands of deaths ...
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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” – The Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both passed away FIFTY YEARS TO THE DAY after the declaration’s final text was approved, which is truly amazing to me!
John Locke once wrote an eloquent defense of private property, which liberals enchanted with socialist ideas have long resented. Because of this, there have been some who have claimed that he did not really have much influenc...
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The Book of Mormon has some scriptures about America, which have special meaning to Latter-Day Saints in the United States.
The Book of Mormon has some scriptures about America, which have special meaning to Latter-Day Saints in the United States. Ezra Taft Benson It is fitting to acknowledge here that we are a worldwide church, with members in...
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I often find patriotism a difficult subject to talk about, for a number of reasons. For one, both major parties profess patriotism. While I acknowledge that there are Democrats with great love for our country, I have found pa...
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Economics classes: More important than business classes (and I'm a business major)
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Occupation
Tutor
Skills
English, Spanish, French, Ancient Greek
Employment
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    Mission Leader, 2014 - present
  • Yavapai College
    Tutor, 2012 - present
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    Assistant Clerk, 2010 - present
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Prescott, AZ
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"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle
Introduction
By training, I am a business major with a concentration in marketing, and a certificate in economics. I originally wanted to do market research for businesses because I enjoyed the social science aspects of marketing, and I have studied psychology a little on my own; but I now wonder if this will ever be my field. I have also taken a fair amount of communications classes, because I thought about grad school in advertising or public relations (or even business & economic journalism), but I'm not sure if I will ever do these things. (I'm glad I studied them just the same, though.)

By inclination, I learn about a lot of other things in my spare time. For example, I am a history buff, an aspiring polyglot, an amateur linguist, a political philosopher (after a fashion), and a student of the Bible. Most of the things I study on my own these days have something to do with one of these subjects (or sometimes even more than one), and I write about many of them on my blog. So my actual profession is ... you guessed it ... a math tutor! Not what you'd expect, right? (Not what I would have expected, either ... )

I have no regular schedule for posting, but I usually publish a blog post about once a week.
Bragging rights
I have read the Book of Mormon in Spanish and French. I can also play piano by ear.
Education
  • Northern Arizona University
    Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing, 2010
    Certificate in Business Economics
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