Saturday, October 23, 2021

Oh, Babylon!

Have you ever had the experience of singing a hymn and hearing it in a different way than you ever have before? 

 

Friday, October 22, 2021

That takes some guts

Just how trunky can one feel when one's hands are full of pumpkin innards?
 

Thursday, October 21, 2021

They're watching...but not listening

I've heard more than one missionary complain about the number of home security systems they encountered — even when visiting members!
 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Winged terror

Sometimes missionaries share their apartments with scary things. Besides their companions.
 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

It creeps, and leaps, and glides and slides across the floor

Our ward had its annual Chili Cook Off last week*. I'm always astonished at the wide variety of chilis that come in — hot, sweet, bland — and there's a wide variety of textures as well. No two are the same.

I wouldn't be surprised if some of them took on a life of their own. And started creeping, leaping and sliding across the floor.


*And, appropriately, Bro. Bean said the opening prayer.

 

Monday, October 18, 2021

Sketchbook: Catch of the day

 

Halloween Movies for Missionaries is one of the more popular series that I’ve run in October. I’m making some more this year, but I wasn’t sure about including this one. For one thing, it’s a TV series rather than a movie — but it’s also Korean. 

Whenever I hear the name, I think back to the fish market in Busan and all of the sights, sounds and smells. And I think of dried cuttlefish — but that’s another story for another day!

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Every doubt will fly

It's difficult to carry heavy burdens when you spend all your time floating.
 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

One more for the road

This is an old sketchbook entry from several years ago. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out!

Monday, October 11, 2021

Sketchbook; Welcome to my nightmare

Remember how stressful it was when you first thought about working from home? And how stressful it feels now when you think about going back to the office?

 

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Heaven scent, and flavored

But then again if manna changed flavors with the season, they wouldn't have been whining for quail!
 

Friday, October 8, 2021

Sidekicks

The original sketch of this included two other monsters: Frankenstein's monster with a mixed breed dog, and Wolfman with a pup.
 

Thursday, October 7, 2021

From Noah's dad

I guess this is less a cartoon gag and more of a dad joke. That's why we call him Father Noah.
 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Projected growth

My wife anticipated every conceivable situation that could come up for my son while he was serving as a missionary. She carefully packed his suitcase so that he was prepared against each contingency.

Two years later he came home with all that stuff still in the original suitcase, still in its original packaging. The good news is, he has an awesome emergency kit that's ready to go!
 

Friday, October 1, 2021

Conference Prep: Choose the write

What messages stand out to you? Write down the thoughts and feelings that come into your heart and to your mind. Then act on those promptings — you will be blessed!

 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Conference Prep: Did you think to pray?

Pres. Eyring said, "The first, the middle and the last thing to do is pray." 

As you look for answers to questions you've been pondering, pray to hear the answers. General conference is a great time to get those answers.

Pray to feel the spirit. Pray to be in tune. 

And remember, it never hurts to give a prayer of thanks!
 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Conference Prep: Come with questions

"The quality of the answers you receive," said a wise man, "is dependent on the quality of the questions."

When our kids were little, we asked questions about who spoke or which songs the choir sang. As they grew up, we asked about the messages or stories from the talks. The questions got more sophisticated as they got older.

As we approach general conference, think of gospel questions you might have. What's on your mind? What have you been struggling with? What does Heavenly Father want me to do? And be sure to listen for answers!
 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Conference Prep: Come, listen

Sometimes I think we get a little complacent — we forget that we have a prophet giving us direction. A prophet just like they had in ancient times.

How intently would you listen if it were Moses, Elijah or Abraham? 

Be sure to tune in to general conference!
 

Monday, September 27, 2021

Sketchbook: Getting ready again

It seems like there's a lot of emphasis on preparing for this session of General Conference. While we may not need to travel to Salt Lake any more, there are many things we can do to prepare ourselves and our families to listen to the messages that are prepared, and to #HearHim.

We'll be talking about some of those preparation ideas this week. Stay tuned!
 

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Set on a hill

I think more often it's that the people want the missionaries to be invisible.


 

Friday, September 24, 2021

The music of the spoken word

I can't decide if this is about promoting doctrinally questionable teachings or inadvertently using the wrong verb. 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Forward thinking

When my dad was in the military he said that every morning he would pre-pray for whatever food he would eat that day — 'cause he often had no idea of when or where he might eat. This is kind of along those same lines, right?

 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Right up the middle

I could see Goliath positioned at power forward, kind of like Karl Malone.

That's probably why some stakes require a bishop's endorsement before someone can join the ward team!
 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Sunbeam challenge

As I was finishing up the artwork for this cartoon, I realized that either one of them could be saying this and it would still make sense!

Hey — if you have a Primary class, or Sunday school class, Mutual or seminary class, or if you have a family, or if you're alone, or whatever your circumstance you'll probably enjoy the Ward Cartoonist's General Conference Activity Pack (now available in four languages)! Check it out!
 

Monday, September 20, 2021

Saturday, September 18, 2021

What if? Saturday night's all right

Remember all those folks from the teaching pool on Monday? Well, they're ready to be baptized!
 

Friday, September 17, 2021

What if? She packed my bags last night

If missionaries were in charge, not only would there be lots of leftovers to take home — they would be delicious leftovers!
 

Thursday, September 16, 2021

What if? Taking Tiwi to town

Tiwi is the car monitoring system missionaries use to make sure they drive safely and stay within the law. Missionaries who have had the privilege of using Tiwi...despise it!* It's kind of like having your mom watch you drive and provide commentary — when she's cranky. 

I think they'd much rather have a system that tells them the fastest and most fun way to get to where they're going instead.


*Most missionaries would prefer binge watching The Safety Zone to using Tiwi if that gives you a sense of scale.