Joseph Smith’s Birthday -Major Accomplishments (List)

In Honor of Joseph Smith's Birthday, December 23, 1805 Ranked #1 -“Most Influential American Religious Figure” Established and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (16+ million members) Organized a missionary program resulting in millions of converts Organized and taught the duties of church membership and leadership Expounded on and expanded the meaning of … Continue reading Joseph Smith’s Birthday -Major Accomplishments (List)

“The Church Campout From Hell” – Delinquents and Me

"Personal History Saturday" I got married on a beautiful Southern California day in January 1976.  My wife and I soon moved into a poor inner-city ward in Long Beach.  After a few weeks, I was called as the Explorer Scout Leader, and Priest Advisor. The upcoming Friday was a 3-day holiday and the Explorers had … Continue reading “The Church Campout From Hell” – Delinquents and Me

Signs of the True Church of Jesus Christ (Comparison Chart)

"Sunday Sermon" THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST  (BIBLICAL)THE RESTORED CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTSOTHER CHURCHESCHURCH ORGANIZATION   Prophets (Amos 3:7)YesNoTwelve Apostles (Lk 6:13; 7:28; Eph 2:19-20; Eph 4: 11-14;YesNoSeventy (Lk 10:1, 17; Num 11:16-25)YesNoHigh Priests (Heb 5:1-10; 3:1, 14; 8:1)YesNoElders (Acts 14:23; 15:6; 1 Tim 5:17; 1 Pet 5:1-3)YesNo/Yes (few)Bishops (Philip 1: 1; 1 Tim … Continue reading Signs of the True Church of Jesus Christ (Comparison Chart)

14th Article of Faith – “We Believe in Meetings”

"Sunday Sermon" 14th Article of Faith We believe in meetings.  We believe in all the meetings that have been held, all the meetings that are now being held, and we believe that there will yet be many great and important meetings pertaining to the kingdom of God. We have endured many meetings, and we hope … Continue reading 14th Article of Faith – “We Believe in Meetings”

General Conference: A Time of Renewal (Great Quotes)

"Sunday Sermon" I love General Conference. It is a time of spiritual renewal. We are enlightened and inspired. We are encouraged to “Hear Him” and “Let God prevail.”  We are urged to strive to do better and be better. We are “taken to the spiritual mountain and shown visions of great glory.” Most important, we … Continue reading General Conference: A Time of Renewal (Great Quotes)

Joseph F. Smith – An Unshakable Personal Testimony, Even at Gunpoint

What if the Church Leaders Denied Their Testimonies? I asked my seminary students and gospel doctrine classes this question: “Suppose that the prophet announced at general conference that the church is not true. Therefore, the prophet asked that the members sustain the general authorities and officers in dissolving The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day … Continue reading Joseph F. Smith – An Unshakable Personal Testimony, Even at Gunpoint

Personal Revelation (Pt 1/5): The Right to Receive Personal Revelation

A distinctive fdoctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the belief in continuing prophetic revelation and personal revelation.  The Lord’s church recognizes that both church leaders and church members can and do receive revelation to guide them in their stewardships and lives. ("Two lines of communication with God." "Priesthood Line" and … Continue reading Personal Revelation (Pt 1/5): The Right to Receive Personal Revelation

In Praise of Vaccines

My Traumatic Childhood Experience As a boy I stood in long lines at our elementary school waiting to get our compulsory smallpox and polio shots. My first vaccination was traumatic.  With dozens of classmates watching, on reflex I jerked away from the nurse, and she accidently shot the vaccine into my eye. That caused a … Continue reading In Praise of Vaccines

I Disobeyed the Spirit Out of Sheer Stubbornness

(I recently shared the experience when I wore a different colored tie based on the promptings of the Spirit. The following experience reveals that I am not as righteous as some people might think.) Over forty years ago, during my lunch break, I rushed to the bank near the DA’s Office where I worked. I … Continue reading I Disobeyed the Spirit Out of Sheer Stubbornness

Roger Williams -“Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 2/5)

Concept of "Separation of Church and State" Roger Williams Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) is given credit for the phrase and concept of “separation of church and state.” That credit is largely misplaced. The person most responsible for “separation of church and state,” is Roger Williams (1601-1684). Roger Williams made a "monumental contribution. . .  to the cause … Continue reading Roger Williams -“Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 2/5)