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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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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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The first national debates over the Constitution, with Founding Fathers on both sides of it (and both sides actually won)
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A series of interesting questions & answers about language
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What business classes are – and aren't – good for (by a business major)
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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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Today is the anniversary of the beginning of Operation Barbarossa. On this day in 1941, the Nazis began their invasion of the Soviet Union, breaking Hitler's pact with Joseph Stalin.

Though this invasion was an unprovoked act of aggression, it came as a blessing to the British, who were fighting the Nazis on their own before this operation. After Operation Barbarossa, the Soviet Union entered the war on their side, bringing its considerable manpower to the Allied cause, and hastening the defeat of the Nazis.
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I have now finished reading Marc van de Mieroop's “A History of the Ancient Near East, ca. 3000 – 323 BC” (2nd edition)! (Took me about six months to read it.)

Next on my list (for English, at least): “The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt,” edited by a fella named Ian Shaw. There's enough Egyptian history in the Bible – and specifically, in the stories of the Exodus & Joseph in Egypt – to make one want to learn a little about the subject, if they're an amateur Biblical scholar like me (emphasis on the “amateur”).

So here's my first foray into Egyptology, which is probably better than a foray into a “pyramid scheme.” And yes, I know – my pun really “Sphinx” …
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Today is the national holiday of Russia. On this day in 1990, the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic was adopted (say that three times fast). The anniversary of this event is today celebrated as #RussiaDay .
Part history, part politics, and part random other stuff.
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Since today is the #DDay #anniversary

My #WWII posts (whichever one you like)
Part history, part politics, and part random other stuff.
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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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