Visitations of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to Their Successors

After their deaths, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young visited their successors. Joseph Smith appeared to Brigham Young, John Taylor, and Wilford Woodruff. Brigham Young appeared to John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff. Here are some accounts: Visitation of Joseph Smith to President Brigham Young On February 17, 1847, while at Winter Quarters, three years after his … Continue reading Visitations of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to Their Successors

The Nauvoo “Whistling and Whittling Brigade” — Law Enforcement by “Nuisance”

In the 1840’s, Nauvoo, Illinois was a thriving Latter-day Saint community on the banks of the Mississippi River. Nauvoo had about 12,000 residents, almost as large as Chicago.      In 1845, the year after the mob murdered the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Nauvoo Charter was repealed, and the “City of Joseph” was legally dissolved. This left … Continue reading The Nauvoo “Whistling and Whittling Brigade” — Law Enforcement by “Nuisance”

  “Odor in the Court”

My "Cage" One day felony prisoners were crowded in the “cage” in my courtroom while I conducted arraignments.  Suddenly, and very loudly, one of the prisoners passed gas.  The rest of the prisoners tried to move away from the prisoner who was obviously embarrassed.  Several of us heard one of the lawyers mutter under his … Continue reading   “Odor in the Court”

Brigham Young -“Transfiguration” and Succession to Lead the Church

            After the murder of Joseph Smith, several men claimed they should be the next president of the church. Sidney Rigdon made the most vocal claim. He was First Counselor Presidency. He returned from Pittsburgh where he had gone into self-imposed exile contrary to the counsel and revelation of Joseph Smith.  (Sidney seemed to have … Continue reading Brigham Young -“Transfiguration” and Succession to Lead the Church

Law and Religion: Refusing Medical Care and Vaccinations for Religious Reasons

Most religions believe in the power of faith and prayer to comfort and heal the sick. For most of these sects, religious healing accompanies conventional medical care. A few of these sects rely exclusively on religious healing. They oppose medical care. They put their trust in God. To rely on human medical treatment is to … Continue reading Law and Religion: Refusing Medical Care and Vaccinations for Religious Reasons

Criminals Aren’t the Only “Dumb” People in Court

My criminal law professor started each class by bellowing: “Criminals Are Stupid.”  He then shared a dumb-criminal account from the media. This is one reason criminal defense attorneys are reluctant to put their clients on the witness stand during trial.  The experienced prosecutor can’t wait to cross-examine them.  As a young prosecutor, I was prepared … Continue reading Criminals Aren’t the Only “Dumb” People in Court

“Be Wise as Serpents” (D&C 111:11) “Don’t be a Victim”

D&C 11:11 warns: “Therefore, be ye as wise as serpents and yet without sin.” The Lord is alerting us to the dangers of being naïve, gullible, and too trusting. “There’s a sucker born every minute.” (P.R. Barnum, 19th Century American showman.) Sadly, not every enough Latter-day Saint follows this counsel. For example, Utah has the … Continue reading “Be Wise as Serpents” (D&C 111:11) “Don’t be a Victim”

My First/Oldest Memory – The Honey Bee Funeral

My first memory comes from when I was 3-4 years old. I spotted a dead honey bee on the lawn in our back yard.  I was suddenly overcome with sadness. So, I picked up the honey bee and walked over to the dirt garden. I knelt down and dug a grave with my hands.   I … Continue reading My First/Oldest Memory – The Honey Bee Funeral

More Entertaining DUI Cases

DUI cases are among the most tragic. They are also among the most entertaining. DUI Driver Pulls Cop Over Late one night, a young driver waved for a patrol car to pull over. The officer approached the young man’s car. “Officer, I’ve just come from a party where I was drinking. Could you test me to see … Continue reading More Entertaining DUI Cases

20 Distinctive Beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

"Sunday Sermon"  The Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ were restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Here is a list of just 20 of the church’s distinctive beliefs: 1. Living Prophets and Modern Revelation   “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet … Continue reading 20 Distinctive Beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints