The “Wicked Bible” of 1631 – “Thou SHALT Commit Adultery”

"Fun Facts" "Sunday Sermon" I am “famous” for my typos and editing errors.  (“Moral Problem” vs “Morale Problem.” “Venus” vs “Venice.”) My hyper personality favors speed over accuracy. But I am not the only one who makes such mistakes. In the 1630s, Robert Barker and Martin Lucas printed 1,000 copies of the King James Version … Continue reading The “Wicked Bible” of 1631 – “Thou SHALT Commit Adultery”

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

BYU Student Forged My Bishop’s Recommendation

While serving as a singles ward Bishop I received a unique telephone call from a BYU administrator. He explained, a confidential informant said that another BYU student falsified my Bishop’s Recommendation Form and forged my signature. The administrator gave me the student’s name and asked if I interviewed the person and signed the recommendation. With … Continue reading BYU Student Forged My Bishop’s Recommendation

My Personal Revelation — “Don’t Wear the Red Tie”

When it comes to minor matters, the Lord usually let's us do "as seemeth you good, it mattereth not unto me." (D&C 60:5; D&C 62:5; D&C 80:3) However, sometimes even the most trivial things matter to the Lord. As a recently returned missionary, I was assigned to speak with a high councilor in another ward. … Continue reading My Personal Revelation — “Don’t Wear the Red Tie”

We Can Never Judge Another’s Heart

After a lifetime of experience as a judge, bishop, and father, I am convinced that we are never, ever, in a position to judge another’s heart. Prospective jurors often ask to be excused saying, “I cannot judge another person.”  I explain: “You are not being asked to judge whether the defendant is a good person … Continue reading We Can Never Judge Another’s Heart

My 256 Abortion Protest Cases

The High Volume Misdemeanor Arraignment Calendar As a brand-new judge I was assigned to preside over the high-volume misdemeanor arraignment calendar. Ironically, I had that assignment at the both beginning of my career and in my final years on the bench.  Most judges hate that assignment. By I enjoy it. I like dealing directly with … Continue reading My 256 Abortion Protest Cases