“Be Wise as Serpents” (D&C 111:11) “Don’t be a Victim”

D&C 11:11 warns: “Therefore, be ye as wise as serpents and yet without sin.” The Lord is alerting us to the dangers of being naïve, gullible, and too trusting. “There’s a sucker born every minute.” (P.R. Barnum, 19th Century American showman.) Sadly, not every enough Latter-day Saint follows this counsel. For example, Utah has the … Continue reading “Be Wise as Serpents” (D&C 111:11) “Don’t be a Victim”

Drunk Driver Calls 911 to Report — Herself

 In 2019, a Utah woman called 911 to report a drunk driver. The caller sounded intoxicated. She had slurred speech, and she was burping, and laughing uncontrollably on the phone.  The dispatcher asked the woman for a description of the drunk driver. The caller gave a description of - herself. She also gave a description of … Continue reading Drunk Driver Calls 911 to Report — Herself

Watch Out What You Pray For!

Praying for Relief from Drought, then Flooding, then Drought, then Flooding Utah Drought In 1978, while I was at BYU, the state was coping with a severe drought.  The saints were asked to pray for rain.  They did, and the Lord answered their prayers. Sure enough, it started to rain.  And then it rained, and … Continue reading Watch Out What You Pray For!

“Personal Revelation” Used as Evidence to Convict and Execute a Man for Murder

Peter Mortensen, husband of my 2nd great aunt, was tried, convicted, and executed for the murder of James Hay. The personal revelation of a witness played a role in his arrest and conviction. The Crime In 1901, Peter Mortensen owed the Pacific Lumber Company $3800.  His Ogden, Utah neighbor, James Hay, was an officer in … Continue reading “Personal Revelation” Used as Evidence to Convict and Execute a Man for Murder

U of U Football Player vs. BYU Judge

I was presiding over my heavy high-volume misdemeanor arraignment calendar, handling around 150 criminal cases each morning. (According to our computers, I deal with 25,000-30,000 cases each year. A few judges call me "Big Lots," for "high volume, big discounts.") I called an assault and battery case. The man standing in front of me looked very … Continue reading U of U Football Player vs. BYU Judge