Saturday, April 22, 2017

We're not dealing in absolutes

We just added another Eagle to our nest — my young padawan just earned his award, after several years of hard work.

On a totally unrelated note, I wonder how many Scouts would pass their boards of review if they had to prove the clean part by showing a picture of their bedrooms?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Be prepared and all that

That explains why so many young men have messy rooms!

Thanks once again to my padawan for the inspiration for this one.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Not room enough to receive it

Thanks to our missionaries for the inspiration on this one.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A day late, a dollar short

This probably should have run yesterday, but my calendar was off. At least I got my taxes in on time!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It's over

I'm sure there's somebody somewhere who likes black jelly beans!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Next steps

The purpose of English classes was to meet people, build relationships, and find individuals to teach. We met a lot of people — a lot of interesting people!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Oh, no!

Remember what I said yesterday about this being based on a true story? Yes, it is.

Practically all missionaries have stories that they didn't report to the high council, nor did they use them in any sacrament meeting talk or fireside. But they all have them!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The loss of a letter

This story is based on an actual event. It didn't happen to me, but it did happen to some sister missionaries that I know.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sketchbook: Signs

I've been on the road this past week (hence the late posting). In my travels I came across a sign advertising free stuff at the casino. A little farther down the road there was another sign, advertising for a church. It made me wonder how effective it would be if the church used a similar sales pitch to the one used by the gambling joint...

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Truth in advertising

One of the first rules of advertising is that you need to know your audience.

Actually, this sort of sign would have worked in my mission. Enough people knew enough English that they'd be brought in by this sign.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

Sketchbook: Conference recap

What an amazing conference! There were so many great talks and inspiring messages, and the music was beautiful as always!

I've posted all my notes from General Conference — including the Women's Session. Now for your convenience, I've compiled them into one handy, dandy PDF that you can download (via Dropbox). Please feel free to use them or share them. Most importantly, go back and revisit the messages themselves. You'll be glad you did!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

There and back again

Today is Tolkien Reading Day, an obscure commemorative day to encourage reading, specifically reading of the works of JRR Tolkien. At the Oregon DOT, we've seized upon this as a day that we can geek out and share our transportation-related messages.

This year we're focusing on alternative transportation — biking, walking, riding the bus or the train. And who better to exemplify this than the Hobbit himself, Bilbo Baggins? In his many adventures he used all sorts of transportation modes. So grab a book and hop on a train and enjoy the day!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Heading in to conference

This seemed appropriate with the NCAA Tournament underway and General Conference just around the corner...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Service is as service does

I'm afraid I may have been on the contributing end of one of these just a couple of days ago. It's the thought that counts, right?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sketchbook: It's a seasonal thing

Welcome  to the first day of spring! For some, that means allergy season is here! Woot!

Another sign of spring is that General Conference is just around the corner. That means that Mormon Cartoonist Arie Van De Graaff has his semi-annual General Conference Activity Packet available for download (now in three languages!).  Check it out!

Saturday, March 18, 2017


General Conference talks have to be vetted by a correlations committee before they're ready for prime time. That same vetting process doesn't happen on the ward level — you never know what you're going to get!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017