David O. McKay – Our Personal Interview with the Savior

Great LDS Quotes Let me assure you . . . that some day you will have a personal . . . interview with the Savior, Himself. If you are interested, I will tell you the order in which He will ask you to account for your earthly responsibilities. First, He will request an accountability report … Continue reading David O. McKay – Our Personal Interview with the Savior

Suing Satan and “The Devil Made Me Do It” Defense

"God told me to do it" In some cases of religious civil disobedience or religious illegal activity the perpetrators claim they should not be held accountable because they were acting on behalf of God.   "The devil made me do it" Sometimes, perpetrators of illegal conduct claim they should not be held liable because they … Continue reading Suing Satan and “The Devil Made Me Do It” Defense

Don’t Confuse Heroes with Celebrities

One of the great failures of the modern era is that heroes have been replaced with celebrities. Tienanmen Square Heroes are men and women who inspire us because of their great achievements and/or their exemplary acts of courage and conviction. Heroes have changed the course of history for the better. Heroes have saved lives at … Continue reading Don’t Confuse Heroes with Celebrities

We Can Never Judge Another’s Heart

After a lifetime of experience as a judge, bishop, and father, I am convinced that we are never, ever, in a position to judge another’s heart. Prospective jurors often ask to be excused saying, “I cannot judge another person.”  I explain: “You are not being asked to judge whether the defendant is a good person … Continue reading We Can Never Judge Another’s Heart

An Eccentric Criminal’s Letter to Me: “Dear Satan and Your Whore”

“Dear Satan and Your Whore” One of my biggest challenges as a judge is to quickly differentiate between a person with an “attitude,” or a person who is eccentric, or a person who has mental health issues. This is not always easy. If the person “cops” an “attitude,” I am very fast and firm in putting … Continue reading An Eccentric Criminal’s Letter to Me: “Dear Satan and Your Whore”

In Honor of Presidents Day: The “Top Five” Founding Fathers

(When I was growing up, there was a separate National Holiday for Lincoln's birthday (Feb. 12) and Washington's birthday (Feb. 22), our two greatest presidents. Those holidays are now smooshed into one Presidents Day, and so no one remembers when Lincoln and Washington were born. Some people think that is for the best. I don't.) … Continue reading In Honor of Presidents Day: The “Top Five” Founding Fathers

Ten Laws of Matrimony: In Honor of Valentine’s Day

(I have performed countless civil wedding in my judicial capacity. Here is my wedding talk.) Ten Laws of Matrimony Over the years, I have become convinced that to have a strong and happy marriage, we must abide by the laws of matrimony.  Let me briefly share with you ten of those laws. First, a strong … Continue reading Ten Laws of Matrimony: In Honor of Valentine’s Day

In Honor of Lincoln’s Birthday: The Two Gettysburg Addresses

(Today is the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. We old folks remember his birthday because it was a school and national holiday when we were growing up. We also remember February 22, Washington's birthday, for the same reason. Then, Congress smooshed the holidays celebrating our two greatest presidents into a three-day weekend "Presidents Day.") Lawyers sometimes … Continue reading In Honor of Lincoln’s Birthday: The Two Gettysburg Addresses

What Makes America Great (Pt 6/6): The American Dream

Coming to America The American Dream is the belief that anyone, regardless of the circumstances of their birth, can succeed through hard work, study, ingenuity, sacrifice, teamwork, and perseverance. In many nations, a person’s birth predetermines their future. Were they born into nobility or royalty or serfdom?  Where they born into the upper class or … Continue reading What Makes America Great (Pt 6/6): The American Dream

Joseph Smith: A Self-Evaluation

The Church course of study for 2021 is the Doctrine Covenants, Church History, and the Life and Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was far from perfect. He was the first to recognize and confess his flaws and mistakes. In fact, in 1828, he publicly announced that the Lord had severely rebuked him … Continue reading Joseph Smith: A Self-Evaluation