Death Certificates: The Law of the Harvest and the Law of Consequences

"Court Case Friday" I have spent my careers, as a criminal prosecutor and criminal law judge, imposing legal consequences. Frequently, the natural consequences are far worse than the legal consequences. The Law of the Harvest, "you reap what you sow," is also the Law of Consequences. One of my assignments has been to dismiss criminal … Continue reading Death Certificates: The Law of the Harvest and the Law of Consequences

“Fire and Ice” – Robert Frost’s 1920 Poem on How the World will End

"Poetic Wednesday" When I was in college, in the old days, scientists agreed that the earth was threatened by global cooling. Because of pollution, warming solar radiation was being reflected into space, and the world was cooling.  Our planet would end in a fatal ice age. Now, scientists concur that the earth is threatened by … Continue reading “Fire and Ice” – Robert Frost’s 1920 Poem on How the World will End

“Original Sin” and Infant Baptism

"Sunday Sermon" Overview A. Foundational Fallacy: Children are born in sin, having inherited sin and guilt from the fall of Adam and Eve.  Therefore, they are at risk of eternal damnation from birth. B. Logical Extension #1: Since baptism is necessary for the remission of sins and for salvation, infants must be baptized or else … Continue reading “Original Sin” and Infant Baptism

Baptism, a Commandment. By Immersion for the Remission of Sins

"Sunday Sermon" “We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Articles of Faith, 4) The Bible proclaims there should be “One … Continue reading Baptism, a Commandment. By Immersion for the Remission of Sins

Top Ten Chinese Proverbs -Happy Chinese New Year!

"Fun Facts Saturday" I love proverbs.  A proverb is a pithy phrase containing profound truths. There is/are a plethora of proverbs. My favorite Arab proverb is, “Trust Allah, but tie the camel’s leg.” My favorite English proverb is, “He who pays the piper, calls the tune.” Here are my top 10 favorite Chinese proverbs. To … Continue reading Top Ten Chinese Proverbs -Happy Chinese New Year!

My “Favorite” Arson Case

"Court Case Friday" I presided over a hearing in an interesting arson case. A fire was started at night at a home in a residential neighborhood in Westminster, California. When the fire department responded to the 911 call, the house was fully engulfed in flames.   Ashes and embers were floating all over the neighborhood. When … Continue reading My “Favorite” Arson Case

Shakespeare Sonnet 130 — An “Honest” Tribute to his “Homely” Lover

"Poetic Wednesday" As an English major in college, I was required to take a full semester class on Shakespeare. To enhance my study, I listened to recordings of famous actors while I followed along with the text. Sonnet 130 is one of Shakespeare’s most popular. It is satire. The theme is: you don’t need to … Continue reading Shakespeare Sonnet 130 — An “Honest” Tribute to his “Homely” Lover

Words of the Prophet: Key Quotes from Russell M. Nelson

"Sunday Sermon" Russell M. Nelson was sustained and set apart as the 17th President of the Church on Sunday, January 14, 2018, in the upper room of the Salt Lake Temple. In the past 5 years, President Nelson has given inspired and inspiring counsel to the saints and the world. As the living Prophet, we must hear him and follow him, as he hears and … Continue reading Words of the Prophet: Key Quotes from Russell M. Nelson

Where Samuel, the Lamanite, and Nephi, son of Helaman, the “Wise Men from the East?”

"Sunday Sermon Speculation" I avoid gospel speculation. It is detrimental at worst, and a waste of time at best.  However, when my brilliant friend (D.H.) shared this theory with me, I was thrilled to think that it might actually be true. Let’s try to connect the dots. The Wise Men were “righteous men,” “holy men,” … Continue reading Where Samuel, the Lamanite, and Nephi, son of Helaman, the “Wise Men from the East?”