Monday, July 23, 2018

Sketchbook: Flyering in to Zion

I read a factoid recently that said that most Mormon pioneers didn't come by handcart. Most came by covered wagon, by horse, or some other means.

The more you know.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

It's got potential!

When they entered the Salt Lake Valley, one of the early Mormon pioneers  is quoted as saying: "There wasn't even a tree you could call a tree!" Some of the remote settlements were even more desolate (looking at you, southern Utah!).

The desert has indeed blossomed like a rose. But it was a pretty rough patch of dirt when it started!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Fairy Tale Theatre

I've said it before: If you think the sights you see in the morning at Girls Camp are scary, you've never been to Scout Camp!

On a personal note, I kind of like the way the sky turned out on this one. I love it when a cartoon comes together!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

On a short leash

SFX: Eerie music in the background.

Cue Rod Serling: "Imagine a world with no targeted ads, no news updates, no unwanted, unrelenting political diatribes on social media.

"You have just entered... Girls Camp!"

Which, in its way, can be a little Twilight Zone-ish, can't it?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Right place, wrong time

"And always let your conscience be your guide."

I wonder if anybody has ever quoted that in General Conference?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Sketchbook: The Plan of Redemption

I know the people in Croatia are proud of their team for making it to the finals of the World Cup. It's an amazing achievement! Heck, the USA didn't even qualify.

I think this would be the perfect opportunity for the missionaries to teach about the Plan of Redemption, don't you? After all, the next one in four years is just around the corner!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Come to Zion, come to Zion

There weren't a lot of travel options in those days — wagon train or handcart company. We're kind of lucky today with multiple modes available to travel. Pioneer Day celebrations just wouldn't be the same if they took a high-speed rail!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

To dance is to live...and let die

I like this kind of gag. I'm sure it has a technical name, but I love it when a character jumps to  totally illogical conclusion.

Aren't the formations in square dances usually round anyway?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


There's no better feeling than taking your shoes off at the end of the day!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Laundry emergency!

Wouldn't it be nice if there were an app that you could download and it would take care of your laundry?

Special Notice
As an LDS cartoonist, I have the fortune to every now and then be introduced to new talent.

I would like today to introduce you to Summer Bird, creator of Summer Bird Stories. She's a local LDS cartoonist (kind of a rare thing outside of Utah), and she's just getting started. She has some wonderful work that you can see on her website. Or, you can follow her on Instagram @summerbirdstories.

Summer recently sold her first cartoons to the New Era, so she may be joining our Mormon Cartoonists Association here soon! Visit her sites, follow her electronically, and show her some love!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

It's the Fourth everywhere!

The first time I spent the Fourth of July outside of the United States, I was in Canada at the Calgary Stampede. They were good hosts there, and recognized that many who were in attendance were from the USA. Big fireworks, big celebration!

The next time I spent the Fourth of July outside of the US, I was a missionary in Korea. It was just another day to them. My Canadian experiences had colored my expectations, I suppose. I was a little disappointed.

I'm happy now to be back in the USA. As our family has grown and traveled and included many more cultures, we've also taken to celebrating holidays from around the world. Any excuse for a present and a party, right?

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July — wherever you are!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Knock and it shall be recorded

Another one from the mind of my padawan — but this one is based on his real-life experience as a missionary.

And, mom — Elder Cox says hi!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Sketchbook: Music that moves you

Choristers: they're either a big focus of the music in church or they're practically ignored.

The chorister in our ward told us that she really has to hold herself back from dancing to some of the songs, she loves them so much. That kind of comment had to be illustrated. And you can bet that the ward is going to be watching her carefully from now on!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

The True North, strong and free

This is one of my favorite Canada Day cartoons, and I think it bears repeating — especially on this Canada Day Eve!

Let's be careful out there!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Uphill both ways

Earlier this year I was contacted by a representative of the Surprise Stake from Surprise, Arizona. They wanted to know if they could use some of my trek cartoons to help publicize their youth pioneer trek.

Why not? I love it when people ask!

As a result, I was looped in with a backstage pass to see how they got the kids ready. It was fun to see the different activities they had: a pioneer fashion show, square dancing lessons, tips for packing and preparing physically, "family" home evenings. It almost seemed like it would be a fun experience!

When our stake did their first trek many years ago, fun was a little further down on the agenda. They wanted the kids to have a real pioneer experience — right down to real pioneer food! They drew the line, however, at being chased out of town by an angry mob.

A pioneer trek can be a cool experience, and helps put the whole westward exodus in a different perspective. Trek on!

Check out the Surprise Trek site. It's pretty awesome! And thanks, Sis. Crockett, for asking to share my cartoons!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sizing up the contest winner!

Congratulations to Tim S., winner of our caption contest!

There were lots of great entries — our esteemed panel of judges had a hard time making a decision. Some of the suggestions may wind up in some other cartoons in the future!

As the lucky and talented winner, Tim wins a collection of my missionary cartoons.

Thank you for your continued readership. Thank you to everyone who entered!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Sketchbook: Called to serve — except for that!

A large part of missionary work is service, and when you're a young man who is all about service it seems like you can do anything.

Maybe not!

Remember, there's still time to submit your entry for the caption contest! The winner will be announced Wednesday!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Blues for baby and me

Kind of exciting news to hear that the hymn book is getting an update!

Truth be told, the singer here should probably be about twice his age. There's a whole generation of people who think of the green hymn book as the "new" hymnal!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What?! It's a caption contest!? Oh, my!

It's time again for another caption contest! Come up with the winning caption for this cartoon, and you could walk away with a semi-valuable prize!

Simply send in your proposed caption — by comment, email, snail mail or in person. If your caption is selected by our esteemed band of judges, not only will you get to see your name and caption in print (WOOT!), but you could win a prize from our great big box of stuff (HUZZAH!)

Multiple suggestions are OK!

The winner will be announced one week from today. Could it be you?!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Sketchbook: If you have to ask...

A couple of things I found intriguing about the social media fast — one was how quickly other people picked up on it. It wasn't just Mormon kids who attended Pres. Nelson's fireside. Another thing was how Apple announced that in the next system upgrade, it was going to be a lot easier to control how much screen time you're actually using.

Maybe the prophet is on to something here?

Saturday, June 16, 2018

And do us the good we need

I don't know about you, but when I have something questionable on my plate, that's what I pray for!

Friday, June 15, 2018

It's crystal clear

Somebody recently asked the question, "Do you remember what thoughts filled your mind after you were baptized?"

Thursday, June 14, 2018

He went on, ruthlessly

Sometimes these cartoon ideas come to me while I'm teaching my Sunday school class. It's a little awkward to pause in the middle of teaching to write down a gag!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Go forth an proclaim my word. Carefully.

This was from my sketchbook when we dropped our son off at the MTC. Mom was just a little...anxious.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Ready to take the dive

Welcome back!

I'm reluctant to say much about the seven-day social media fast, but I think it was a great experience. It's the longest that this blog has been idle in more than ten years!

When I've taken time off in the past, I've either worked ahead or filled the space with reruns. Seven days off was a good, refreshing break.

Meanwhile, we're back at it, ready to dive in again. Enjoy!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Sketchbook: Movie night!

Saturday was our Missionary Movie Night. It was amazing! We had a great turnout, and there were many wonderful testimonies shared through the videos. Some were touching, some were funny, and all of them were built with the intent to show what the Book of Mormon is all about.

We helped the missionaries make a few videos, and we entered a few ourselves. We have our videos posted on YouTube — we hope to have the rest posted soon! Please view, and feel free to share!

And, in the spirit of following the prophet, Pres. Nelson challenged us to go on a social media fast for seven days. In support of that, we'll be going quiet until next Monday. See you then, and keep the faith!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Blockbuster season

Normally I wouldn't run two Mission President cartoons in one week. But this is kind of an exception: tonight is our ward's missionary movie night! Ward members were asked to come up with a short video — most are between 30 seconds and one minute — that describes a verse in the Book of Mormon. The missionaries have received about 26 of them (at last count), and they each offer a unique perspective of the Book of Mormon. Some are very professionally done, some are...less so. Yet there's a great spirit about them!

Come on by and join us! It starts at 7 at the stake center. Bring a dessert and share some scriptural insights!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Following in their footsteps

There's a very good explanation as to why this looks suspiciously like my son's room. Well, except for the Osmonds poster.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Monday, May 28, 2018

Sketchbook: Memorial Day

Whenever I think of Memorial Day, I remember walking through the cemetery in Spanish Fork with my dad. We'd stop at headstone after headstone, and he'd tell the story about the person who was buried there. I was amazed at his knowledge and memory. To him, they weren't just markers and memorials — they were people with stories, who lived real lives. He made them come alive.

I wished that I had paid better attention. He's there amongst them now, and I hope that his story won't be forgotten.

Remember your ancestors this Memorial Day. After all, they worked together to bring forth you!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Getting them ready

It strikes me as interesting that we say "getting names ready" for temple work. It's not just about names, numbers and documentation — it's about actual people who lived and died, laughed, loved, worked and worried just the same as you and me. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Advanced notice

Wouldn't it be great if kids came with gauges or dashboards to let you know right before they get too tired, hungry, bored or restless?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Warning! Warning!

They get a different kind of warning at our house, especially if I'm the one cooking!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Sketchbook: Bo Peep

This seems more like something that would come from the Mormon Cartoonist. I couldn't find it anywhere in his collections. But just in case, I'm leaving it in the sketchbook.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

And it's approved by the ADA

C'mon, don't tell me that you've never used a substitute when you've run out of stuff!