Monday, November 30, 2015

Sketchbook: Remember this one thing...

That's the good thing about prayer — you can do it any time!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

I declare!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

That last piece of pie

Friday, November 27, 2015

What Friday is it?

I saw something on social media that suggested that instead of rushing to the stores on Black Friday, what would happen if we instead spent the day at the temple? 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Do not go gently

This was very close to being a Terminator Turkey joke. Skynet wouldn't let me upload it.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

By their decorations you shall know them

 Our neighbors on one side have their orange and purple lights and jack o'lanterns on their porch. A little farther down the street it's a winter wonderland. Must be Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Naming those blessings

This is a time of year when we take the time to remember our blessings. Some families have a tradition of a blessing tree or a gratitude jar. Whatever your tradition may be, take time to acknowledge and give gratitude for your blessings.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Too much of a good thing

It's always fun to find out the details about a position after you've accepted the calling!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

And mourn with those who mourn

Yes, it's time for mid-terms around here. It's a good time to learn lessons in personal accountability!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Warm ups

I think this is one of my favorite turkey-themed cartoons ever. But that's just me.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Sketchbook: Charge it!

Aren't there days when you wish you could recharge your spirit as easily as you can your phone?

Sunday, November 15, 2015


Regular readers know that Paris is a place near and dear to us. Every two years we take a group of students to Europe, and each trip ends with a magical night in Paris. The highlight is an evening cruise on the Seine and a nighttime visit to the Eiffel Tower.

Along with many others, our hearts were broken upon hearing news of the attacks. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Paris, the people of France.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Know your customer

Be kind to your bishop. Especially this time of year as tithing settlement begins.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veteran's Day/Remembrance Day

It wasn't until I started Sis. Kerry Jo's mission blog that I realized how much I enjoy her as a character. She often says things in ways that I can't. Here she is paying tribute to soldiers on Veteran's Day.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

There's that word again!

For a variety of reasons, we're jumping into our Way Back machine for the next few days and looking at some classics from Novembers past. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
I don't hear our missionaries use this word nearly as much as I used to!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Sketchbook: It's too soon!

It's like I closed my eyes one minute and it was Halloween, and the next minute it's almost Christmas! It reminded me of this old gag from the sketchbook — it's too soon!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Mission lessons: It's never too late

At the end of my mission, I was lucky to find myself with a group of elders who worked hard clear to the end. I'm pretty sure that in our last week in the field, we placed more copies of the Book of Mormon than any other group in the mission that month. And yes, that includes several that we gave out on the way to the airport. 

It's never to late to share.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Mession reflections: Called to serve

There was a secret to success as a missionary that I wish I would have learned much earlier, but until you get it, you don't get it. I spent the first several months of my mission worried about — me. 

It's important to lose yourself in the work in order to find yourself. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Lessons from the mission field: speak their language

One of the best feelings I ever experienced as a missionary was the first time I spoke to someone and they understood what I was trying to say right away, no further translation required.

One of the gifts of the spirit is speaking in tongues. To me that means speaking in a voice or using the words and phrases that an individual will understand or respond to — be that in whatever language it may.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

It's gonna take a miracle!

November is the anniversary of when I entered the MTC, so my thoughts always return to the mission field this time of year.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The first of the month

It's always a good idea to check your calendar before you go wandering around castles in Transylvania.