Monday, June 27, 2022

Park Contacting

We might have overdone the park contacting from time to time during my mission.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Microphone Challenge

Based on their actions during the primary program, I'm confident half the children in my ward are interested in doing the same thing.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Sleeping on the Stand

I don't know if I've ever seen the rare trifecta before. However, having spent some time on the stand, there's a chance I was part of a rare trifecta.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Missing Something

This week my wife and I are off to trek. This will be the fourth time we've done so. To celebrate, I thought I'd share some of the facts I've recently learned about the Church's handcart companies.

Nearly 400 pioneer companies traveled the 1,000 miles from Winter Quarters, Nebraska to the Salt Lake Valley during the years after Joseph Smith’s death. Of those companies, only ten handcart companies made the trip between the years 1856 and 1860. Overall, handcart pioneers made up less than 5 percent of the total pioneers that traveled to Utah. Half of those pioneers were 21-years-old and younger.

Membership of the handcart companies came almost exclusively from European converts of the Church. (So when I make gags like the one this week, try reading it in your head with a British or Scandinavian accent.) Converts first traveled by boat across the Atlantic Ocean. The first seven handcart companies were outfitted in Iowa City (after arriving by rail, steamboat, and ferry) and then traveled 250 miles to Winter Quarters, Nebraska, where they made final preparations before the trek West. Starting in 1959, pioneers were able to reach Nebraska by train.

Five of the ten handcart companies made the trek in 1856. Two more traveled in 1857. The threat of the so-called Utah War suspended handcart companies in 1858. In 1859, one company made the trek. The final two companies traveled to Utah in 1860. The advent of the Civil War in 1861 played a part in the end of handcart companies and shortly after the end of the Civil War, Church members were able to reach Utah via train.

When we think of stories of the handcart companies, we often think of the ill-fated Willie and Martin companies who suffered greatly due to a late start and disastrous weather conditions. Collectively, those two companies saw over 200 Saint die on the trail. However, for the other eight companies, deaths on the trail corresponded to larger mortality rate at the time. Over 80 percent of handcart deaths took place within the Willie and Martin handcart companies.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Wrong Side of the House

I never tried this stunt before. In fact, I doubt this kind of stunt would work. But then again, maybe that's why I never made it into a President Monson story.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Samson's Dilemma

Samson is an idiot. The guy had everything going for him. He could have been the kind of military leader* David could only dream of and he let it all slip away because of his weaknesses. 

*Still, the story of killing 1,000 Philistines with a jawbone has got to be an exaggeration, right?

Monday, June 6, 2022

Can You Tell Me How To Get, How To Get to Sesame Street?

Fun fact: the guy at the door is my attempt to draw Mr. Hooper. Maybe I should make a series of strips where the missionaries tract into various PBS stars. They could visit Bob Ross, Mr. Rogers, and LaVar Burton (who couldn't possibly say no to a free book). Hum...