By Joseph Delli Gatti
“Full Conversion” food is a name given to a concept that I discovered during my year-long sojourn in Mauritius while serving a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I considered how close some traditional Mauritian-Indian food ingredients were to traditional Mexican or Central American food ingredients.
Some of my favorite things to eat in Mauritius were roti with beans, halim, curry-fried noodles, Indian-made Chinese rice, and chicken or lamb biryani (made both Indian style and Muslim/Middle Eastern style). It was probably the best food in the world.
Much like the Mauritian creole language resulted from various nationalities sharing a language while trying to maintain segregated religion and cultures, the food tended to follow the same approach. What would African/creole or Chinese people have for dinner if they only had access to Indian and middle-eastern cooks and ingredients?
By Joseph Delli Gatti –
How would you like to take my 10-hour non-accredited, diploma-less online study course in LDS American History? Here it is. I promise that at minimum, you’ll learn something new.
I’m often confronted about my political and religious beliefs and about my views on various aspects of the LDS (Mormon) church. At one online discussion forum, I found that I had written over 1,200 comments on my beliefs (totaling nearly as many pages when cut and pasted into a MS Word document). And people still weren’t done asking questions or challenging me – although a lot of their questions were sort of cyclical or rhetorical in nature.
As I’ve thought about similar experiences I’ve had since that time, I’m reminded not only that I could have probably written a few thick books instead, but also that a lot of people – even really well educated people – don’t consider context and perspective as well as they should, nor do they think beyond the immediate or near-term results of their political or religious positions. And I know that it’s impossible in many instances to have all the facts, but a lot of people don’t even try to come up with simple logical reasoning or a complete functioning paradigm – even just a simple one – for their viewpoint.
It’s in thought of those things that I’ve compiled these Web links to 8-10 hours of videos and reading that present an awesome view of our nation’s origins. Of course it doesn’t contain every variable and facet of our country or of the LDS faith, but I feel that it at least paints a simple complete picture of our nation’s origins and also provides some great insights to the Prophet Joseph Smith, and to the circumstances and environment in which the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints emerged.
These videos and resources have been helpful to me, and I hope they can be helpful to someone else too. I went to some effort to put these in the best order possible so that they build on the understanding of each other. The early pilgrims came to North America largely for religious freedom and for economical opportunities. This series of videos begins with the origins of these pilgrims, continues with the Mormon pioneers being persecuted for their religious practices, and concludes with resources about the importance of religious freedom to Americans and to people all over the world.
If you complete the study course, please also post a comment below letting us all know how it went.
By Joseph Delli Gatti
Until I was 28, I had no idea about how politics worked, how to get involved, or even how to vote. I had political opinions, but none that actually found a place beyond the expression of my lips. Talking politics does very little unless it’s in the proper setting. 2004 was the year that George W. Bush was reelected as the US president and that John Huntsman Jr. was elected as Utah’s governor.
My first experience with politics was in 2004, when a friend of mine approached me and offered me tickets to a grass roots event at Utah Valley State College (now UVU). Several people announced their intention to run for political office. While the event was very local, it was attended by a few thousand people – including top members of Utah government. Continue reading
Basic HTML code for myspace and more
By Joey Delli Gatti
In the <TABLE> tutorial, we made a table and put things in the table cells or <TD>s. We learned how to combine cells (or make one cell fill the space of X amount of cells. We also learned a little about the potential of <TABLE>s and about putting tables inside of table cells of a larger table.
A lot of attributes can be specified in tables such as width, height, padding (within cells), spacing (between cells), background=”” (background images), colors, and more. And, if we want to do something with our tables that we don’t know how to do, we can always search the Internet. My favorite source is www.w3schools.com/html/html_intro.asp. Continue reading