“Braveheart” Defeated the English Because Their Commander Slept In Late

The Battle of Stirling Bridge -- The English Commander Slept in Late William Wallace Memorial On a hill overlooking the plains of southern Scotland is a 220-foot castle tower museum dedicated to William Wallace, “Braveheart,” “the Guardian of Scotland.”   In the 1200’s, the English had captured the strategic Stirling Castle. On an early morning in … Continue reading “Braveheart” Defeated the English Because Their Commander Slept In Late

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #2: Divine Miracles and Heavenly Blessings

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" God is a God of Miracles Believers live in a world teeming with wonderous miracles.  Because of their faith they witness the innumerable miracles of nature and creation that surround them.  Because of their faith they receive countless miracles of healing, protection, preservation, and providence.  After all, "God is a God of … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #2: Divine Miracles and Heavenly Blessings

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism Among LDS: #1 Introduction and Overview

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" The Rise of Atheism Among Latter-day Saints Proselyting atheists have recently become celebrities by attacking religion and the belief in God.  They have appeared on television, radio, social media, and college campuses.  They have written popular articles and best-selling books.   They are articulate and persuasive.  Scores of LDS youths and young adults, … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism Among LDS: #1 Introduction and Overview

Great Quotes from Thomas Jefferson (Birthday Anniversary)

In Honor of His Birthday April 13, 1724 "Father of the Declaration of Independence" "Founder of the University of Virginia" "Author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom," "Universal Genius" Freedom and Liberty We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain … Continue reading Great Quotes from Thomas Jefferson (Birthday Anniversary)

Tips on Talks and Lessons # 12: Thorough Preparation is Paramount

"If ye are prepared ye shall not fear." I remember a sacrament talk where the speaker began, “I really don’t have much to say.” After rambling for twenty minutes, he proved his point. It is obvious to listeners how much time a speaker or teacher has spent in prior preparation. “Those who fail to plan, … Continue reading Tips on Talks and Lessons # 12: Thorough Preparation is Paramount

An “Indestructible” Animal – The Cute and Chubby Tardigrade

I learned about the tardigrade from “Star Trek Discovery,” where it lived in outer space, and “Ant Man,” where it lived in the subatomic “quantum realm.” Real tardigrades are about .5 millimeters in length.  They are short and plump, with four pairs of chubby legs, each ending in claws. These cute “micro-animals” are also called … Continue reading An “Indestructible” Animal – The Cute and Chubby Tardigrade

Tips for Talks and Lessons #11: The Classic Organization/Outline

For over two thousand years the classic outline for public speaking has remained the same.  Basically, every major talk or lesson should have an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.     The classic introduction is divided into three short parts, the "attention getter," the "thesis statement," and the "preview." First, the "attention-getter." Each talk should begin … Continue reading Tips for Talks and Lessons #11: The Classic Organization/Outline

How “Catfishing” Destroyed 3 Teenage Boys – A Predator’s Strategy

"Court Case Friday" Internet Crimes Since I started in the criminal justice system, a whole new category of crimes has emerged -- internet crimes.  The internet is a great blessing, but "what the Devil cannot prevent, he will pervert." "Phishing" Internet crimes include “phishing.” Phishing is the practice of sending fraudulent emails in order to … Continue reading How “Catfishing” Destroyed 3 Teenage Boys – A Predator’s Strategy

Tips for Talks and Lessons #10: Teach “By the Spirit”

The key to gospel teaching has been, is, and will always be the same: “Teach the doctrine from the scriptures by the Spirit.” 1 Cor 2:4-5            “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing word of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit of power; “That your faith should not stand in … Continue reading Tips for Talks and Lessons #10: Teach “By the Spirit”

Beware Social Media -Warnings from a Prophet

"Saturday Sermon" Social media and cyber tech provide countless benefits and blessings. Taylor & Tyler Podcast Benefits and Blessings Tool for sharing the gospelLink to virtual church meetingsAccess to family history research and temple workConnection to general conferenceLink to church websitesGateway to gospel research,Link to “Come Follow Me” podcastsMeans of “staying connected,” facetime with family … Continue reading Beware Social Media -Warnings from a Prophet