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

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”

My Top 10 Animals (+Quokkas)

I am an animal lover – always have been. As I have grown older, however, my love of animals has become more selective.  I primarily love mammals, especially fat or furry ones, and birds. I no longer adore insects and reptiles. Here are my favorite wild animals. Do you agree with my selections? 1. Koalas … Continue reading My Top 10 Animals (+Quokkas)

I Experienced an Amazing Miracle of Nature

Miracles of Providence God is a God of miracles. The Lord provides. His miracles of providence are prevalent. Most church members have both witness and personally experienced these miracles. Miracles of Controlling Nature and the Elements Church members have also witnessed the miracle of the controlling nature and the elements. This usually occurs when church … Continue reading I Experienced an Amazing Miracle of Nature

Travelers, Explorers, Homebodies and the Family That Lived in the Same English Village for 10,000 Years.

Welsh Village Homebodies Fifty years ago, I lived in Wales. I was surprised to meet elderly folks who had never left the village where they were born. They were content where they lived, and they had no interest in leaving. Some more adventurous people said: "Went to London once. Never again!" "Visited Paris. Didn't like … Continue reading Travelers, Explorers, Homebodies and the Family That Lived in the Same English Village for 10,000 Years.

My DNA Results: “Whiter” Than Ivory Soap

Family History Research and DNA Test My wife "forced” me to get a DNA test. My genealogy already revealed my ancestors come from northwest Europe: Britain and Scandinavia. Hope For "Mixed Samoan Race" I was hoping the DNA results would identify me as mixed race, part Samoan I always wanted to be Samoan. I love … Continue reading My DNA Results: “Whiter” Than Ivory Soap

My Most Embarrassing Legal Typos

My handwriting has always been awful. I can't even read my own writing. Fortunately, I have used a typewriter and keyboard since sixth grade. Not counting typos, I am faster on the keyboard than any of my secretaries. I am known for speed, but not accuracy. I am also a poor proofreader. Thank goodness for … Continue reading My Most Embarrassing Legal Typos

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”