Criminals Aren’t the Only “Dumb” People in Court

My criminal law professor started each class by bellowing: “Criminals Are Stupid.”  He then shared a dumb-criminal account from the media. This is one reason criminal defense attorneys are reluctant to put their clients on the witness stand during trial.  The experienced prosecutor can’t wait to cross-examine them.  As a young prosecutor, I was prepared … Continue reading Criminals Aren’t the Only “Dumb” People in Court

Swearing Oaths on the Bible – Tradition and the Law

In 2007, Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota was sworn in as the first Muslim member of Congress.  During the oath, instead of using the Bible, he placed his hand on Thomas Jefferson’s 1734 translation of the Koran. This created a firestorm of criticism from conservative Christians.  When Representative Rashida Talib of Michigan took her oath … Continue reading Swearing Oaths on the Bible – Tradition and the Law

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

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (25). Final Article: The Undeniable Witness of the Spirit

The internal evidence of the authenticity of the Book of Mormon is overwhelming. Unquestionably, the Book of Mormon is an inspired translation of an ancient religious text by multiple authors.  No one, especially not Joseph Smith, was capable of creating such a sophisticated work of fiction in such a short period of time in the … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (25). Final Article: The Undeniable Witness of the Spirit

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (20): Memorable Profound Verses – Mosiah

The Book of Mormon is filled with memorable verses that contain profound truths and rich doctrine. These verses are a powerful witness of the Book of Mormon divinity.  Every chapter includes verses and phrases worth highlighting. Each of these profound verses can, and have been, the basis for talks and lessons.  Many of these verses … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (20): Memorable Profound Verses – Mosiah

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (18): Memorable Profound Verses – Nephi

 The Book of Mormon is filled with memorable verses that contain profound truths and rich doctrine. These verses are a powerful witness of the Book of Mormon divinity. Every chapter includes verses and phrases worth highlighting. Each of these profound verses can, and have been, the basis for talks and lessons.  Some of these verses … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (18): Memorable Profound Verses – Nephi