“Stake Presidents are ‘Dime a Dozen’”

One Saturday, in the late 1960’s, the Garden Grove California Stake President drove to Riverside to retrieve a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles for stake conference.  The Apostle was one of my “favorites.” As they drove along Highway 91 in Corona, the Stake President pointed to the church’s large orange ranch off to … Continue reading “Stake Presidents are ‘Dime a Dozen’”

The Nauvoo “Whistling and Whittling Brigade” — Law Enforcement by “Nuisance”

In the 1840’s, Nauvoo, Illinois was a thriving Latter-day Saint community on the banks of the Mississippi River. Nauvoo had about 12,000 residents, almost as large as Chicago.      In 1845, the year after the mob murdered the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Nauvoo Charter was repealed, and the “City of Joseph” was legally dissolved. This left … Continue reading The Nauvoo “Whistling and Whittling Brigade” — Law Enforcement by “Nuisance”

I Anointed/Doused My Sick Granddaughter With a Pint of Consecrated Oil

"Sacrilegious Saturday" Murphy’s Law, “if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong,” is universal. Even the Lord’s church is not exempt. The Bible provides that elders should anoint the sick with consecrated olive oil. “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, … Continue reading I Anointed/Doused My Sick Granddaughter With a Pint of Consecrated Oil

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