Friday, April 30, 2021

You've got yourself a full house

For a missionary, that's pure gold right there! Sure, there might be a Word of Wisdom problem here or some general grumpiness there, but we can work with that!

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Knock on through to the other side

Sometimes those doors could be a little intimidating!

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

It's a shoe-in!

I think every ward has that one family that when they're gone, it feels like half the ward is missing!

Friday, April 23, 2021

I want to be a real scripture master

I always worry when I include a scripture reference as part of the gag. Best case scenario, readers will get it and chuckle. Worse case scenario, readers have to look it up. And in that case, scripture study!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

An unexpected guest

That's always a missionary's favorite thing to hear: "Nobody's home!" Especially when you can see and hear them moving around inside!

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Moving up in the world

Wait until they find out about the chairs in the Relief Society room!

Monday, April 19, 2021

Sketchbook: Know your temple

We just had our first two-hour church yesterday — the first time in well over a year! It was kind of strange to be able to see our teacher live and in-person, not on Zoom!

Next step: Getting back to the temple! It'll be like the surge of missionaries for temple work once they open up again!

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Coloring break

Regular readers know that I often get to do fun jobs with my work. We are breaking ground on the Mitchell Point Tunnel of the Historic Columbia River Highway. 

As part of the celebration, we're having a virtual art contest! You can download a coloring sheet, or you can recreate a scene from the tunnel in the medium of your choice. We have a selection of photos to help inspire you.

You can upload your completed works and be part of a virtual art show!

If you really want to know more about the tunnel and the highway, you can always visit the Historic Columbia River Highway webpage!


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The three kingdoms

I'm pretty sure I didn't develop a sense of smell until after my mission.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Sketchbook: A game of catch

It isn’t always easy to follow the advice we hear in General Conference, such as Elder Renlund suggesting that we catch stones thrown at others. Or maybe it’s because my kids played catch with rocks — until one of them wound up in the emergency room. 

Friday, April 9, 2021

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

And he did not cease to call upon the Lord

Maybe this one should have stayed in the Sketchbook — but I liked the implications of a long battery life (almost an entire year with one charge!) and the great connectivity they must have had.

I might need to repent from this one, IDK.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Time is a rough stone rolling

It would be less painful if it weren't so true. I remember a Primary class where we were challenged to memorize the names of all the temples. Imagine trying to do that today!

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Monday Sketchbook (early edition): General Conference notes

Have you recovered from General Conference yet? Do you recognize the talks that these sketches are from?

I can't wait to listen to the talks again and study the messages more deeply! 

I've compiled my sketch notes into one, easy to download PDF. I like it because I can do a quick review of the talks, and it helps me to remember the messages I heard. Feel free to download and share in whatever way works best for you!

Twenty new temples. Wow!


General Conference: Sunday Afternoon


General Conference: Sunday Morning


Easter Week: He is Risen!


"And when she had thus said, she turned herself back and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

"Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou hast borne him hence, tell me where thou has laid him, and I will take him away.

"Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

"Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God."

Friday, April 2, 2021

Easter Week: The Crucifixion

"And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.

"And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.

"And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into they hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost." 

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Easter Week: Gethsemane


"Then said he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

"And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt."