Wednesday, July 31, 2019


There is a time distortion vortex that hovers over the MTC. The concepts of hours, days and minutes disappear. The days are long, the nights are short, and the weeks never end — until suddenly it's Sunday. And afterward, the interminable weeks turn into a blink.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

You can make the pathway bright

There are those who brighten up a room when they enter, and there are those who brighten up a room when they leave.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Sketchbook: It's closer than you think

It seems to me that as soon as Pioneer Day is over, it's time for back to school. We still have well over a month before classes begin, yet all the stores are having their back to school sales now!

Friday, July 26, 2019

Tales from the other side

Can't you just see it? A whole series of books based on the character Naughty Nephi!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

So close, but yet so far

Everyone knows what Brigham Young said on July 24, 1847, as his company arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. But what happened in the days just before that?

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Tranquility base

Despite all the practice and training, entering the mission field feels like landing on an alien world.  It takes a lot of faith — and includes at least a few minutes of terror!

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Celebrate wisely. Take an astronaut to lunch... or a space cadet!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Just plug yourself in

Some of the best testimony meetings I've ever been in have been outside, around a campfire.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Turning to antiques

Even with the social media fast, it can still be a challenge to go without. Go forth with faith!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Sketchbook: Just like the old days

Sometimes the leaders take the idea of a re-enactment just a little bit too seriously.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Check your sources

One of the first map reading skills we teach Scouts is how to orient your map to your location. Otherwise you could easily wind up off course, far, far away.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

With just a dash of jelly

Sometimes when assignments are made at Scout camp, leaders take for granted that the kids have been trained in some of the basic skills.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Protect your goodies

Kind of an inside joke for scouters — the kids with the blue uniforms and blue neckerchiefs are Bear Scouts

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

In the beginning

Sometimes young scouts can feel overconfident. It usually isn't justified.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Sketchbook: Let's talk

This was an actual quote from a sacrament meeting I was in. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Learning on the road

Road trips are always good for practice time behind the wheel. Or reins. 

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Things that go boom

Take care of your ears, and take care of your pets.

Enjoy your Independence Day!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Best wishes of the season

Ah, those days of sitting on Uncle Sam's lap with my list overflowing with pyrotechnics...

Monday, July 1, 2019

Sketchbook: up close and personal

We visited a ward on Sunday where the sacrament meeting program was a report on Girls Camp — for the third week in a row, apparently. The bishop said he really wanted the ward to know what it was like. Having been on many a scout camp, I went there.

Sorry, no Canada Day cartoon this year, eh?