My First Answered Prayer

"Sunday Sermon" The Lord has been very gracious and generous in answering my prayers.  My first answered prayer, that I remember, occurred when I was a young boy. A friend had thrown my baseball into the ivy in my parents’ front yard.  Half of the yard was covered with overgrown large-leaf ivy. It was like … Continue reading My First Answered Prayer

Grace and Works

Christmas Sermon -- Doctrinal Commentary BYU Religion Professor Robert Millet recalled That before leaving from Louisiana on his mission, he asked his LDS father, "Dad, what does it mean to be saved by grace?" He answered quickly, "We don't believe in that." "We don't?" I said. "Why not?" Without any hesitation he replied, "Because the … Continue reading Grace and Works

Entertaining DUI Marijuana Cases

Marijuana and Driving Ever since marijuana became legal in California, the number of people driving under the influence of marijuana has skyrocketed. This was an unintended, but obvious, consequence of legalization. Marijuana plants contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a psychoactive drug that gives a “high.” Like alcohol, THC is a central nervous system suppressant/depressant.  Like alcohol, THC … Continue reading Entertaining DUI Marijuana Cases

Joseph Smith’s Major Accomplishments (Birthday Anniversary)

Anniversary of Joseph Smith's Birthday, December 23, 1805 -Ranked #1 -“Most Influential American Religious Figure”-Established and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (16+ million members)-Organized a missionary program resulting in millions of converts-Organized and taught the duties of church membership and leadership-Expounded on and expanded the meaning of Zion and the gathering of … Continue reading Joseph Smith’s Major Accomplishments (Birthday Anniversary)

Personal Revelation (Pt 5/5) – Prophetic Insights

Joseph Smith: No one can receive the Holy Ghost without receiving revelation No man can receive the Holy Ghost without receiving revelation.  The Holy Ghost is a revelator. (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith p 328) Joseph Smith: Receiving revelation is a privilege of the priesthood One great privilege of the priesthood is to obtain … Continue reading Personal Revelation (Pt 5/5) – Prophetic Insights

Great Quotes: “Choose Not to be Offended”

"Great Quotes" Too many of my friends, family, church buddies, and love ones have hurt themselves, and others, spiritually, socially, and emotionally by being offended. Their reaction to insults is within their control, and the harm caused is largely self-inflicted. Choose Not to be Offended “To be offended is a choice we make; it is not a condition inflicted … Continue reading Great Quotes: “Choose Not to be Offended”

D.A. with Skirt Tucked in Her Panties

"Court Case Friday" I was presiding over a misdemeanor jury trial.  The young woman prosecutor was a dressed in an cream-colored silk blouse, and expensive tailor suit, with a charcoal pinstripe coat and a matching skirt. This was her first trial, and she wanted to make a big impression on the jurors.   We resumed … Continue reading D.A. with Skirt Tucked in Her Panties

The Scriptures Teach that Incomplete Repentance is Like “Dog Vomit”

Scripture Commentary One day, I got bored during personal scripture study. So, I decided to look up weird words and phrases. The weirdest phrase I found in the scriptures was “dog vomit.” I was surprised that this gross visualization illustrated a profound principle. Most of us have observed the disgusting scene where a dog throws … Continue reading The Scriptures Teach that Incomplete Repentance is Like “Dog Vomit”

Great Lessons from Other Religions – Symbol of the White Lotus

"Saturday Sermon" We can, and should, learn from other religions   “The great religious leaders of the world such as Muhammad, Confucius, and the Reformers, as well as philosophers including Socrates, Plato, and others, received a portion of God’s light. Moral truths were given to them by God to enlighten whole nations and to bring … Continue reading Great Lessons from Other Religions – Symbol of the White Lotus