Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Family ties

Zombie family history: It gets a little messy.

Have a happy Halloween tonight. Be safe out there! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Sweetening the work

It's funny how different missions handle holidays like Halloween. Our local missionaries have to be in their apartments by 6 p.m. They're supposed to do planning and study, but they can answer the door for trick or treaters. (They haven't yet decided whether to give out mini copies of the Book of Mormon or pass-along cards).*

In another mission not far from here, they're having a special dinner, party and games for the local missionaries. Each mission follows the discretion of the mission president.

In Korea, we just treated it like any other day.

*This is what we gave out in Relief Society:

Monday, October 29, 2018

Sketchbook: Gourds be with you

I'm running this a couple of days before Halloween as a public service announcement. You know how you never know what to do with your old pumpkins once Halloween is over?  

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Just like grandma used to make!

Depending on where you serve, this may not be too far off the mark. That's what our missionaries here believe, anyway!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Notes from all over

The question I have is, under what circumstances would Dracula want to get his DNA tested?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

To wrap it up

My favorite mummy movie is actually from France: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (or Les Aventures Extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec). It deals with dinosaurs, mad scientists, journalists, mummies, and the Pharaoh's physicist. It's mostly set in and around Paris, circa 1910 — the mummies especially like the pyramid at the Louvre!

It's available on Amazon Prime with English subtitles (83% on Rotten Tomatoes). Check it out!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Movies for Missionaries, the sequel

Our local missionaries assure us that their refrigerator is only stocked with the healthiest foods. Mostly.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

Sketchbook: Identity crisis

I thought about saying "...Mormon Home Teacher..." but that seemed a little too much.

Saturday, October 13, 2018


I think we're about ready for a few zombie-themed cartoons, don't you?

Friday, October 12, 2018

Good times I remember

...and the hymn books were either brown or blue.

At least, that's what I hear. I've only ever known the green hymn book and the three-hour block! (2 Nephi 9:34)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Planning ahead

The time needed to fulfill my calling will be diminished significantly with the switch to the two-hour block. That change will create some interesting administrative challenges  beginning at the first of the year.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fast times

I keep seeing posts that say, "I'm on a social media fast." And I wonder how could they be posting when they're fasting? Isn't that kind of like saying, "I'm going to start fasting as soon as I finish this bowl of cereal!"? It's probably just me...

Did you also notice that Pres. Nelson challenged the youth to a seven-day fast. He challenged the sisters to a ten-day fast. What's it going to be up to when he finally challenges the elders?

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A willing heart

You had to have known that this one was coming.

What I wonder is, how in the world are we going to work in the Sunday post-game recap after sacrament meeting if we only have two hours? I'll have to bring that up in ward council.

Monday, October 8, 2018

A wild ride!

Another amazing conference! Two-hour block, 12 new temples, and lots of admonitions to be more Christlike in all that we do — including ministering. What stood out for you?

Pres. Nelson left us with the admonition to review the conference talks "starting tomorrow." To help with that, I have my notes combined in a PDF, suitable for use at home, seminary or Sunday school (while you can!).

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

If ye are prepared

It's interesting to review the talks from last general conference. There were so many announcements and surprises that it could be easy to forget some of the gems that were in there. You can take a look at the talks online, or review a PDF of my notes — and get ready for this weekend!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

No reservations

There is such a thing as being too prepared!

The New Era has a great packet to help youth (and older folks) get more out of conference. You can download a copy from the conference website.

Save your seats early!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Sketchbook: Just keep moving

Reviewing talks from the last general conference can help you get ready for the upcoming meetings. They help keep you going!