“Who Needs a Parachute?” People Who Fell from Planes and Survived

"Amazing Stories" I recently wrote an article about 17-year-old Juliana Koepcke who got sucked out of a plane, fell 10,000 feet over the Amazon, and survived. My readers alerted me that she was not the only one to survive such an ordeal.  Here are more people, including the world record holder, who fell from even … Continue reading “Who Needs a Parachute?” People Who Fell from Planes and Survived

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

“Eve and the Choice Made in Eden”

Book Review Essay and Commentary "Eve and the Choice Made in Eden," by Beverly Campbell Restoring Eve to her rightful place Latter-day Saints can’t wait to give Mother Eve a big hug, and thank her for her courage and her vital role in the plan of happiness.  She selflessly chose death, pain, suffering, and the … Continue reading “Eve and the Choice Made in Eden”

Judges “Threatened” by Their Bench Chairs

One of the greatest threats to judges is their own bench chairs.  We judges get very used to our bench chairs. These plush chairs are very comfortable. Since we spend years sitting in the same bench chair, they get to “know” them and their limits.  Occasionally, we go beyond those limits. My "loaner chair" "made … Continue reading Judges “Threatened” by Their Bench Chairs

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”

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (15): Profound Doctrinal Discourses

Some of the strongest internal evidences of the Book of Mormon’s divinity are the profound doctrinal discourses. Impressive theological discussions  can be found in: Jacob's analysis of the infinite atonement (2 Nephi 9), Christ’s ministry among the Nephites (3 Nephi 11-26), Moroni’s summary of his father’s teachings (Moroni 7), Mormon’s first doctrinal letter to his … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (15): Profound Doctrinal Discourses