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”

Deceased Father Describes the Spirit World

 In 2017, at the Root Tech genealogy conference in Salt Lake City, President Russell M. Nelson shared a sacred spiritual experience of his grandfather. His Grandfather A.C. Nelson had a visitation wherein his deceased father described, and answered questions, about the spirit world.  (This appears to be a visitation where the personage actually appears. It … Continue reading Deceased Father Describes the Spirit World

9 Remarkable Prophecies of Joseph Smith

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 claim, in complete ignorance, “If Joseph Smith was a … Continue reading 9 Remarkable Prophecies of Joseph Smith