My First Lesson in Peer Pressure: A Nestles Quick Chocolate BEER Shake

"Saturday Stories" I grew up in an “orthodox” LDS home. My Dad taught, “You don’t have time to learn everything in this life, but you have time to learn obedience.” The closest I came to violating the Word of Wisdom was when I was seven years old. My neighborhood friends knew that I liked Nestles … Continue reading My First Lesson in Peer Pressure: A Nestles Quick Chocolate BEER Shake

My Parents Thought I Was a Mechanical Genius – I Proved Them Wrong!

"Personal History Saturday" My parents were certain that I would grow up to be a mechanical or engineering genius. What inspired their prediction was an incident during my first tricycle ride.  I was about three years old. I got a red-and-white metal tricycle for Christmas. My parents watched as I awkwardly peddled, for the first … Continue reading My Parents Thought I Was a Mechanical Genius – I Proved Them Wrong!

Married Couples Develop “Selective Hearing”

"Fun Facts Saturday" "Personal Experience" "Selective hearing" generally means "our ability to focus on a single speaker, while tuning out other speakers and background noise." Sometimes, "selective hearing" means something else. When my Mom and Dad were elderly, my sister’s husband, Dan, was scheduled to fly from Omaha to L.A. for a conference.  He planned … Continue reading Married Couples Develop “Selective Hearing”

“Are There Any Mormons in this Class?”

"Sunday Sermon" After serving my mission in Britain, I returned to college. My first class was “World Religions.” This was an upper division course in the Philosophy Department. I probably should have taken the similar class in the “less hostile environment” of the Religious Studies Department. On the first day, the professor walked into the full … Continue reading “Are There Any Mormons in this Class?”

God made me Fat

In Honor of Thanksgiving Feasts The 5-Year-Old Who Called Me "Fat" I was waiting at the checkout stand in my grocery store when the five-year-old boy behind me shouted, “You’re fat!”  (I love children’s honesty.) Me at the Beach, looking Happy and "Prosperous" His flustered mom tried to shush him by saying, “No, he’s not … Continue reading God made me Fat

I Chased and Tackled a Car Burglar

"Court Case Friday" One night, about 1981, I was jogging around the perimeter roadway of our large apartment complex.  I was wearing shorts and a large Mickey Mouse t-shirt. Suddenly, from a distance, I saw a man breaking into our neighbor’s locked car. As a “crime fighting prosecutor” I was enraged. My adrenalin surged, and … Continue reading I Chased and Tackled a Car Burglar

Two Minor Miracles of Divine Providence

"Sunday Sermon" “The Lord Provides”  We have been blessed by the tender mercies of the Lord and His miracles of divine providence. Miracle #1: The Missing Tupperware Money Throughout law school, my wife and I were poor. For dates, we walked to BYU campus to watch their TV since we couldn't afford our own. Once … Continue reading Two Minor Miracles of Divine Providence

“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