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

Joseph Smith’s Birthday – 9 Remarkable Prophecies

Anniversary of Joseph Smith's Birth - December 23, 1805 Like Isaiah, Joseph, Daniel, John, and the other ancient prophets, the Prophet Joseph Smith had the gift of prophecy and revelation.  The Lord declared that Joseph Smith is, “a seer, a translator, a prophet, and apostle of Jesus Christ.” (D&C 25:1) Detractors of the church often … Continue reading Joseph Smith’s Birthday – 9 Remarkable Prophecies

A Premature Obituary Inspired the Nobel Prizes

"Sun Facts Saturday" The Nobel Prize Most people have heard of the Nobel Prize.  It is the most prestigious award in the world. Dr. Albert Nobel left his massive fortune to establish the Nobel Prizes. They are awarded to those who have conferred the “greatest benefit on mankind” in five fields: (1) physics, (2) chemistry, … Continue reading A Premature Obituary Inspired the Nobel Prizes

Is It Time to “Resurrect” the Cross as a Symbol of Our Christianity?

"Sunday Easter Sermon" The Cross is the universal symbol of Christianity The Cross has been, and continues to be, the universal symbol of Christianity. Yet, there are no crosses on LDS churches, and Latter-day Saints rarely wear crucifixes. We Latter-day Saints are often "reactionary."  We vigorously emphasize the differences between the restored gospel and traditional Christianity. … Continue reading Is It Time to “Resurrect” the Cross as a Symbol of Our Christianity?

My Civilian Witness Surprisingly Turned Out to be an Expert

"Court Case Friday" As a young prosecutor, I put on a felony preliminary hearing in a horrific DUI death case. The defendant was driving eastbound on Westminster Blvd. in Orange County.  He was going very fast. He was also under the influence.  He had a high level of alcohol in his blood. The defendant approached … Continue reading My Civilian Witness Surprisingly Turned Out to be an Expert

Lessons from Eden – The 3 C’s and the Law of Consequences

"Sunday Sermon" Universal Pattern: 3 C's: Commandments, Choice, Consequences In the Garden of Eden, God revealed a universal pattern to Adam and Eve.    “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat; “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil thou shalt … Continue reading Lessons from Eden – The 3 C’s and the Law of Consequences

The Fall of Adam and Eve and ME

"Sunday Sermon" There are two falls from grace.  The first is the fall of Adam and Eve.  The second is our own personal fall. The Fall Brought Physical and Spiritual Death The fall of Adam and Eve brought two kinds of death into the world: physical death and spiritual death.  Death is a separation. Physical … Continue reading The Fall of Adam and Eve and ME

Famous Poetic Death Sentence From a Real Hanging Judge

Here is a famous poetic death sentence from a real hanging judge in the New Mexico Territory in the 1800’s. “Jose Manuel Miguel Xavier Gonzales, in a few short weeks it will be spring. The snows of winter will flee away, the ice will vanish, and the air will become soft and balmy. In short, … Continue reading Famous Poetic Death Sentence From a Real Hanging Judge

Joseph Smith: A Self-Evaluation

The Church course of study for 2021 is the Doctrine Covenants, Church History, and the Life and Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was far from perfect. He was the first to recognize and confess his flaws and mistakes. In fact, in 1828, he publicly announced that the Lord had severely rebuked him … Continue reading Joseph Smith: A Self-Evaluation

The Book of Mormon Contains the “Fulness of the Gospel”

As we conclude our year-long study of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants declares that the Book of Mormon contains “the fulness of the gospel.” (D&C 20:9) How can that be?  The Book of Mormon does not contain many wonderful doctrines, like: Premortal council in heavenDegrees of gloryTemple ordinances for the deadEternal marriage … Continue reading The Book of Mormon Contains the “Fulness of the Gospel”