“Practical Benefits” of LDS Church Membership

"Sunday Sermon" and "Personal Experiences" I grew up in the Church. Every personal success or achievement I may have had, I owe to the Lord and His restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are innumerable collateral "practical benefits" of membership in the Lord's Church. Here are a few. Public Speaking and Teaching … Continue reading “Practical Benefits” of LDS Church Membership

Your schnoz can distinguish a TRILLION odors

"Fun Facts Saturday" The Amazing Human Nose In a 1920 study, scientists concluded that the human nose could distinguish about 10,000 different odors.  This was far below other senses.  For example, our eyes can identify several million different colors, and our ears can discern about a half million different tones. In a major study in … Continue reading Your schnoz can distinguish a TRILLION odors

Kids Keep Adults, even Judges, Humble

"Court Case Friday" Over the years, I have hosted dozens of court tours for youth groups. My Bailiff seats the group in the jury box and at the counsel table. I then give a 10-15 minute talk, sharing my most entertaining and humorous court case “war stories.” One afternoon, I had a large group of … Continue reading Kids Keep Adults, even Judges, Humble

Have Fun In Your Church Callings — But Not Too Much Fun

"Sunday Sermon" - Personal Experience Have Fun in Your Callings I was young and inexperienced when I was called as a Bishop and given the responsibility to organize a new singles ward. I had a new career and four small children. I felt stressed and overwhelmed. I dreaded my first stewardship interview with the Stake … Continue reading Have Fun In Your Church Callings — But Not Too Much Fun

Don’t ask me why I blush

"Fun Facts" and "Personal Experiences" When I was younger, I blushed a lot.  Being blonde and pale, my blushing was obvious. My Kindergarten Photo Charles Darwin called blushing “the most peculiar and most human of all expressions.” Mark Twain concluded, “Man is the only animal that blushes, or needs to.” As I grew up, I … Continue reading Don’t ask me why I blush

Origin of Friday the 13th and Why It’s My Lucky Day

"Fun Facts" and "Personal Experience" The Origin of Friday the 13th: Massacre of the Knights Templar The most popular legend is that King Phillip IV of France and Pope Clement V conspired to eliminate the political threat, and seize the massive wealth, of the Knights Templar. So, on Friday, October 13th, 1307, hundreds of Knights … Continue reading Origin of Friday the 13th and Why It’s My Lucky Day

My Personal Experience with the Embarrassing Differences Between “British English” and “American English”

"Personal Experience" and "Fun Facts" "England and America are two countries separated by a common language" (British playwright George Bernard Shaw)  I Gave the British Congregation “The Bird” I quickly learned on my mission in England that there were differences between American English and British English. During my first talk in a sacrament meeting, I “flipped … Continue reading My Personal Experience with the Embarrassing Differences Between “British English” and “American English”

Teenage Son and Joyriding Friends Sink Family Yacht

"Court Case Friday" There is no getting around the "law of the harvest." "We reap what we sow." There are always consequences. Whether we do what's right, or do what's wrong, the consequence will follow. Thus, it is better to "choose the right." Sometimes, the consequences of our actions can be very expensive. With his rich … Continue reading Teenage Son and Joyriding Friends Sink Family Yacht

The Defendant’s Accomplices were Space Aliens

"Court Case Friday" It was one of those long boring days with nothing interesting happening. In the afternoon, I arraigned an in-custody defendant who had sent a video threatening a judge.  The defendant filmed himself making the threats.   When I explained the charges against him, he asked if I had seen the video. I … Continue reading The Defendant’s Accomplices were Space Aliens

My First “Crooked Cop” Case Was a “Real Doozy”

"Court Case Friday" Some Cops Turn to Crime Throughout my legal career I encountered several crooked police officers. I seem to be a magnet for those cases. Outstanding Huntington Beach Police Police officers, especially detectives, are the finest group of people I have ever worked with.  However, EVERY profession has “bad apples.” Police officers are … Continue reading My First “Crooked Cop” Case Was a “Real Doozy”