“We Believe in Governments” – D&C 134:1

Civic Duty is a Divine Commandment D&C 134:1 We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society. David O. McKay: “Let me assure you that someday … Continue reading “We Believe in Governments” – D&C 134:1

A Vietnamese Judge Reminds Us Americans “What We Have”

 In Honor of the Fourth of July I was privileged to be the mentor judge for Nho Nguyen, the first Vietnamese-American judge in the country. He is a living hero. A Living Hero In college, he protested the South Vietnam military dictatorship and led a student democratic movement. He risked his life to establish freedom … Continue reading A Vietnamese Judge Reminds Us Americans “What We Have”

I was Confronted in Public by a Gang Member I had Sentenced

I have always tried to treat others with kindness and respect. This applies in my courtroom. Sometimes, attorneys, litigants, or criminal defendants mistake my kindness for weakness, and I quickly convince them otherwise. There are many reasons why I try to treat others, even accused criminals, with decency.   It is part of my innate … Continue reading I was Confronted in Public by a Gang Member I had Sentenced

The LDS Secret Name Changing Committee (SNCC)

Over the years, I have noticed several name changes of church organizations. For example: “Block Teaching” became “Ward Teaching,” which went to “Home Teaching,” which ended up as “Ministering.” I suspect that the church has a “Secret Name Changing Committee” (SNCC).  It is comprised of former retired mission presidents who don’t have other callings, and … Continue reading The LDS Secret Name Changing Committee (SNCC)

Roger Williams -“Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 2/5)

Concept of "Separation of Church and State" Roger Williams Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) is given credit for the phrase and concept of “separation of church and state.” That credit is largely misplaced. The person most responsible for “separation of church and state,” is Roger Williams (1601-1684). Roger Williams made a "monumental contribution. . .  to the cause … Continue reading Roger Williams -“Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 2/5)

“So Help Me God”

When I think of the petition “So help me God,” I am reminded of the phrases: “God helps those who help themselves.” “God helps those who cannot help themselves.”“God help those who get caught helping themselves.” Presidential Oath Prior to the inauguration of President Obama, an atheist filed a lawsuit to prevent Chief Justice Roberts from … Continue reading “So Help Me God”

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

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