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I was commenting to my husband the other day about what I believed the schools will be teaching our kids about Columbus this Columbus day, namely that he was only out to get rich, kill Indians and rape mother earth. I was being sarcastic, of course, but then when we asked our kids what they learned about Columbus at school we found that he had not even been mentioned! The same day, I read this great quote today on a homeschool newsletter from LDS-NHA (national homeschooling association). Gotta love homeschoolers! Brigham Young: " The Almighty . . . moved upon Columbus to launch forth upon the trackless deep to discover the American Continent; he moved upon the signers of the Declaration of Independence; and he moved upon Washington to fight and conquer, in the same way as he moved upon ancient and modern Prophets, each being inspired to accomplish the particular work he was called to perform in the times, seasons, and dispensations of the Almighty. God's purpose, in raising up these men and inspiring them with daring sufficient to surmount every opposing power, was to prepare the way for the formation of a true Republican government". (Journal of Discourses, 7:13)
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