Monday, May 20, 2024

Sketchbook: Many are collared but few are chosen

Some things are easier to forgive than others. 
 

Friday, May 17, 2024

Was that Clark Kent?

At first I thought Groucho glasses, but this seems better. 
 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Not so fast!

Kids eating glue sticks is the modern equivalent of the kids who ate paste back in the day. Besides, they look so much like chapstick!
 

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Starting early

Yes, I know there's the I Spy A Nephite series, but a publication like this would be great to prepare up and coming missionaries. Some of the scenes could include a busy train station, an open air market, an apartment complex or even the house next door!

Of course with the updated missionary terminology, a better title might be Find A Friend. Hmm. 
 

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Folklore

There are two sides to every story. Unless it’s a double album on vinyl. Then there are four sides. 
 

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

A gift from the heart

I don't know how well macaroni necklaces hold up, but I've still got several of the construction paper neckties that my kids made for Father's Day when they were little.

And, honestly, I think my mom would have loved it had I made her a kimchi necklace!




 

Monday, May 6, 2024

Sketchbook: A swift ensign

I liked the idea behind this sketch, but it occurs to me that one has to be of a certain age to truly appreciate it. And that age is not in the same demographic as the Swifties.

Way back in the 20th century, some of you might recall the Church magazine for youth: The New Era. That's where I got my start as a cartoonist. But before The New Era, there was The Improvement Era. I'm pretty sure that it was later shortened to just The Era, but I haven't found any documentation to back that up.

There's a cool Church History website that talks about different periodicals we've had over time. Interesting reading! 
 

Friday, May 3, 2024

Be a lot cooler if it was

It’s when they start to use their mind tricks when things really go off the rails. 
 

Thursday, May 2, 2024

They preserved the Minerva Teichert murals

I wish that I had saved some examples of the artwork created by our Primary kids over the years. My favorite was after the lesson on Nephi building the ship, one of the little girls drew Nephi's boat — as a pirate ship. 

There should be one of the bulletin boards in the hallway that's dedicated to Primary art. I should take that up with the ward council!
 

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Worlds without end

Different people have different coping mechanisms when one has to deal with public speaking.
 

Monday, April 29, 2024

Sketchbook: Which way?

It was easy back in King Benjamin’s days. There weren’t a lot of nearby temples to choose from!
 

Friday, April 26, 2024

Holistic training

Yes, as a missionary one needs to be prepared to teach and testify. One also needs to be prepared for outright rejection.
 

Thursday, April 25, 2024

When in the service of your fellow beings...

One of the bonus parts of service that includes food is the part that involves quality control.
 

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Those feet have done some trodding!

As a missionary in Korea, it was shoes off whenever you went into someone's home — which meant your socks had to be clean and in good shape. Despite repeating the on/off cycle several times a day, it was a great feeling to finally kick them off at the end of the day!
 

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Elder Armstrong

Stretching also helps you get ready for dealing Primary and staying alert during Elders Quorum lessons!
 

Friday, April 19, 2024

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Proof

If you live in the United States, you should know that the deadline for getting your Real ID is fast approaching — it's only about a year away.

Real ID is a special endorsement you get on your driver license or ID that verifies you are who you say you are. It will be required for domestic air travel beginning in May 2025 (you can also use your passport). Your local DMV office will be happy to provide you with all the requirements needed to obtain a Real ID endorsement.

This has been a public service announcement. You may now resume your everyday life. Thank you.
 

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Length x Width x Height

That’s one thing about Enos. Yeah, he prayed a long time, but what he prayed wasn’t just fill material. In my home ward as a kid there was a wonderful brother who could easily pray for fifteen to twenty minutes (and often did), but most of it was fluff.  

When Enos prayed, his prayer had substance. It went “high that it reached the heavens.” That’s the kind of prayer to aspire to.
 

Monday, April 15, 2024

Sketchbook: In the mode

Had another experience of someone’s phone going off during the sacrament yesterday. There should be some sort of setting to prevent that. 
 

Friday, April 12, 2024

Ancient history

Ever have those moments when the passage of time rears its ugly head?
 

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

He knows the way

I think it was so cool how they were able to find so many different ways to adapt during general conference. Members of the Twelve conducting, seats at the podium, video messages. There's always a way to be inclusive!
 

Friday, April 5, 2024

That’s how we show our love

The real treat comes when they ask to see our leaders. “How does ten hours of general conference sound to you?”

Of course if they listen to the messages it may save us from total annihilation!
 

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

The usual signs

As we approach general conference, I've been pondering what it means to sustain someone. My assumption is that we're all trying our best whatever our calling. Sometimes that "best" is going to look different, and it won't meet with everyone else's expectations. 

When Jacob is teaching the Nephites in this week's Come, Follow Me, he says that he doesn't really want to preach the sermon that he's going to give — but the Lord commanded him to deliver this message. They might have expected to hear "the pleasing word of God," but got an entirely different talk about pride and chastity. 

As we participate in general conference this weekend, let's sustain our leaders. Let's hear the messages the Lord wants us to receive. Listen with an open heart and open mind. You might just get the message that you need to hear!