"Sunday Sermon" Rabbi Jacob Milgrom, Dean of Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, concluded that Hosea 6:6 was the most important verse in “the Prophets” in the Old Testament. (See: “Jacob Milgrom,” Wikipedia.) I was surprised, because I had no clue about Hosea 6:6. But he may have been right. Hosea 6:6: “For I … Continue reading The Most Important Old Testament Verse: Hosea 6:6
"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”
"Court Case Friday" "Fun Facts" Researchers found that on “sleepy Monday,” the Monday after the Daylight Saving Time change, judges hand out longer sentences. I will try to remember that -- if I am not too sleepy. “Researchers frequently use DST to study sleep deprivation in populations, as it's a period of time when … Continue reading Judges give harsher sentences after Daylight Saving Time change
"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" The Rise of Atheism Among Latter-day Saints Proselyting atheists have recently become celebrities by attacking religion and the belief in God. They have appeared on television, radio, social media, and college campuses. They have written popular articles and best-selling books. They are articulate and persuasive. Scores of LDS youths and young adults, … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism Among LDS: #1 Introduction and Overview
"Sunday "Sermon" There once was a Prophet Balaam. He was famous through the Middle East. When hordes of Israelites fled Egypt and invaded the Middle East like locusts , they destroyed everything in their path. When they pitched their tents in the plains of Moab, King Balak was terrified that he and his people might … Continue reading Balaam’s Talking Ass: The Funniest Scripture Story
"Fun Facts" and "Personal Experiences" My wife tries to blame me for the dust in our house. She said that household dust comes from my shedding dead skin. I didn’t believe her. I blamed the dust on the nearby horse stables and hills. What a surprise to learn that my wife was right -- at … Continue reading My wife said our house dust comes from my dead skin cells!?
"Court Case Friday" One of our new judges was assigned to preside over a dog "custody” case. A couple had divorced. Afterward, they each filed a civil court lawsuit seeking sole custody of their pet Rottweiler. The hearing in front of the new judge lasted a couple of days. On the second day, I approached … Continue reading The Dog “Custody” Case
"Sunday Sermon" Introduction I attended the National Conference on Jewish Law for several years. The participants were devout Jewish law professors, rabbis, judges, lawyers, and one non-Jew -- me. On Saturday, I was taking notes on one of the lectures. The man seated to my right nudged me with his elbow and snapped, “It’s Shabbat.” … Continue reading Law of Noah (Telestial), Moses (Terrestrial), and Jesus (Celestial)
"Fun Facts" My brain is a magnet for trivia. I often torment people by sharing my knowledge of “fascinating facts.” Somewhere, I learned how much clouds weigh. Most of us have enjoyed looking up at the puffy white clouds to spot the shapes of animals. Well, the average weight of those billowy cumulus clouds is … Continue reading How Much Does a Cloud Weigh? You’ll Be Surprised!
"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