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In 2011, he held a peace assembly at the Aria Resort where he told an international gathering of diplomats, political figures and faith leaders that it was time to end differences over doctrine and create “one family under God.” 

In August, less than a year before his death, he opened a boatbuilding plant near McCarran International Airport, a first for this city in the desert. Trade Only Today, a marine industry publication, reported the facility would manufacture a 23-foot sport-fishing boat designed by the evangelist, featuring a helium-filled hull that purportedly renders the craft unsinkable.

Frank Perley is senior editor of The Washington Times opinion pages.