My Shortest Prayer – One Word

I had a couple personal encounters with Satan during my mission in Britain. These confrontations gave me a strong testimony of the existence of Lucifer.  I know that he lives.   One Sunday evening, my companion Elder R. and I went to a social gathering at a member's home in Cheltenham.  Several missionaries, investigators, and … Continue reading My Shortest Prayer – One Word

“Founding Enemies” (Pt 1/4) – Thomas Paine versus George Washington

We assume that all Founders were life long friends. Wrong! The Founding Fathers were brilliant, outspoken men, with strong opinions. They disagreed on just about everything.  Not surprisingly, many of these men became "Founding Enemies." The Key Founding Fathers: How Many Can You Name? It was a miracle that these “demigods” (Jefferson’s description) came together … Continue reading “Founding Enemies” (Pt 1/4) – Thomas Paine versus George Washington

When “Coaching” Your Witness Blows Up in Your Face

I learned in law school that lawyers should be very careful about "coaching" witnesses. The story below illustrates that putting words in a witness’s mouth can blow up in your face. Let them testify in their own words. My Admonition to Every Witness Background: As a prosecutor I gave all of my witnesses, including police officers, … Continue reading When “Coaching” Your Witness Blows Up in Your Face

Return of Elijah and the Connection to the Jewish Passover and the British Parliament

The scriptures foretold the return of Elijah the prophet before the Second Coming. Malachi 4:5-6            Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord [Second Coming]:                And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to … Continue reading Return of Elijah and the Connection to the Jewish Passover and the British Parliament

I Confess — I Was a Mean Older Brother

Sibling Rivalry and the Pecking Order Sibling rivalry is a normal part of family live.  There is a natural pecking order where the older children pick on the younger ones.  Fortunately for me, the first child in our family was my older sister who was very sweet and nice. (Except for a couple times when … Continue reading I Confess — I Was a Mean Older Brother

“Turtle Malpractice”

I presided over a unique case of veterinarian malpractice. The case involved an misdiagnosis of two desert turtles. Both turtles started having problems with their back legs. The vet never x-rayed the turtles. Instead, he quickly concluded that the turtles were either poisoned or had a neurological abnormality.  The thirty-year old plaintiff’s parents bought the turtles … Continue reading “Turtle Malpractice”

Myth of Addictus: Slavery of Sin and Addiction

The word “addiction” comes from the Latin “addictus” meaning “slave.”  In ancient Rome, an “addictus” was a “debt slave.”  He or she was a person who was enslaved by a creditor because of a debt. Once the debt was paid, the slave was freed.  (This is the same philosophy underlying “debtor’s prison.”) The Roman Myth … Continue reading Myth of Addictus: Slavery of Sin and Addiction

Happiness is a Choice

Happiness is a choice, not a condition This is generally true. I say “generally” because there are exceptional circumstances where one’s condition can interfere with the ability to choose happiness. These conditions include: severe depression, extreme pain, major illness, heavy addiction, extreme hunger, starvation. But for most people, happiness is a choice. While I was … Continue reading Happiness is a Choice

Drunk Driver Calls 911 to Report — Herself

 In 2019, a Utah woman called 911 to report a drunk driver. The caller sounded intoxicated. She had slurred speech, and she was burping, and laughing uncontrollably on the phone.  The dispatcher asked the woman for a description of the drunk driver. The caller gave a description of - herself. She also gave a description of … Continue reading Drunk Driver Calls 911 to Report — Herself

Personal Revelation (Pt 1/5): The Right to Receive Personal Revelation

A distinctive fdoctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the belief in continuing prophetic revelation and personal revelation.  The Lord’s church recognizes that both church leaders and church members can and do receive revelation to guide them in their stewardships and lives. ("Two lines of communication with God." "Priesthood Line" and … Continue reading Personal Revelation (Pt 1/5): The Right to Receive Personal Revelation