Personal Revelation (Pt 4/5): Dreams, Visions, Visitations, Theophany

Dream and Visions Some revelations come "through the dreams of sleep or in waking visions of the mind."  (James Talmage) As the prophet Lehi wrote, "Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, I have seen a vision." (1 Nephi 8: 2) How do we tell the difference between a mere dream and … Continue reading Personal Revelation (Pt 4/5): Dreams, Visions, Visitations, Theophany

California’s Official State Stuff: Amphibians, Insects, Lichen, Dirt, etc.  (Gov. Code 420-429)

California Government Code sections 420-429 list California’s official stuff, in other words, “California State Symbols and Emblems.” Here is the list. [Plus, my expert comments] How many did you know? What others would you recommend? Red-legged Frog Motto: Eureka  [This should be my wife’s motto when I misplace something]Nickname: The Golden StateSong: “I Love You, … Continue reading California’s Official State Stuff: Amphibians, Insects, Lichen, Dirt, etc.  (Gov. Code 420-429)

The D.A.’s Disastrous Embarrassing False Start with a Jury

When I was a rookie deputy district attorney (D.A.) one of my colleagues quickly grabbed a case file and rushed off to court for his first jury trial. He wanted to make a good impression. The judge explained that the defendant waived his right to an attorney and insisted on exercising his constitutional right to … Continue reading The D.A.’s Disastrous Embarrassing False Start with a Jury

Judging Jefferson

(Thanksgiving week 2021, the New York City Council removed the 187 year old statute of Thomas Jefferson because it "made" some people feel uncomfortable. After all, Jefferson was a slave owner.) Thomas Jefferson is an enigma. Judging him fairly is a formidable, if not impossible, task.  I have added and removed him several times from … Continue reading Judging Jefferson

Corporate Kindness: Depression Era Flour Sack Dresses (Thanksgiving Story)

HappyThanksgiving Flour Sack Dresses Decorative Cotton Flour Sacks In the heart of the 1930’s Great Depression people were desperate.  Millions were out of work.  Thousands were on the verge of starvation. Nothing was allowed to go to waste. Everything was repurposed and recycled. The national slogan became: “Make Do or Do Without.” Parents couldn’t afford … Continue reading Corporate Kindness: Depression Era Flour Sack Dresses (Thanksgiving Story)

Joseph F. Smith – An Unshakable Personal Testimony, Even at Gunpoint

What if the Church Leaders Denied Their Testimonies? I asked my seminary students and gospel doctrine classes this question: “Suppose that the prophet announced at general conference that the church is not true. Therefore, the prophet asked that the members sustain the general authorities and officers in dissolving The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day … Continue reading Joseph F. Smith – An Unshakable Personal Testimony, Even at Gunpoint

Important Warning! Fentanyl Is a Killer!

I have witnessed a recent spike in the number of fentanyl cases. This is a deadly trend. Opioid Addiction Crisis America is in the middle of an opioid addiction crisis. Each year, over 90,000 people die from drug overdoses. That is 9 times the number killed by drunk drivers. And fentanyl is the driving force. … Continue reading Important Warning! Fentanyl Is a Killer!

A “Germaphobe” Couple Comes to Court Wrapped in Cellophane

"Court Case Friday" I had a case of a couple charged with interfering with businesses. They were begging for money outside of liquor stores. When they came to court, they they refused to sit down, to touch anything, and they had wrapped themselves in dozens of layers of cellophane. They crinkled when they moved Apparently, … Continue reading A “Germaphobe” Couple Comes to Court Wrapped in Cellophane

Brigham Young Condemns Blind Obedience

"Sunday Sermon"             "I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by him.             "I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self-security, trusting their eternal destiny in the hands of their leaders … Continue reading Brigham Young Condemns Blind Obedience

Four Lesser Known Founding Mother Heroes: “Remember the Ladies”

Most histories of America’s founding were written by men, so it is little wonder that the great and vital contributions of the women are often neglected.  Memorial to Margaret Corbin in West Point Cemetery. In her most famous letter to her husband, Abigail Adams pleaded for the founding fathers to “remember the ladies.”  In addition … Continue reading Four Lesser Known Founding Mother Heroes: “Remember the Ladies”