Monday, March 19, 2018

Your April 2018 General Conference Activity Packet

As a missionary, I wrote one or two of those perfect letters home.

It's time to start planning for General Conference. To assist you, I prepared a supersized General Conference Packet. In the past, every packet I've ever put together has included 12 pages, this one has 16! Click here to download it. And, with the help of Gaby Herrera (Spanish), Sara Mayer (French), and Dani Queiroz de Souza (Portuguese); it is also available for non-English speakers as well.

But don't stop there. I've got lots of other aids to help entertain your little ones during the up to ten hours of General Conference weekend.

First up, consider subscribing to the Mormon Cartoonist Activity Page Newsletter.  The Mormon Cartoonist Newsletter provides subscribers with a free activity page every Friday morning delivered to your inbox to download for sacrament meetings, Family Home Evenings, primary lessons, or General Conference. Did I mention that it's free? Sign up for it here.

Next, you might want to download my collection of iOS apps. If you own an Apple product, your family will love the LDS Coloring Book, LDS Laughs, LDS Scripture Heroes, and the Book of Mormon Adventure App.

Additionally, you'll love my activity books the Puzzle Book for LDS Kids and Now That I am Baptized available to purchase online or at most LDS bookstores.

Finally, I want to brag about Mission Daze, my latest book published late last year. Subscribers of the Deseret News will recognize many of the strips featured in the book that chronicles the mission of Alex Van Dyke from his mission call to his homecoming. But Mission Daze is more than just a collection of the 100 plus strips featured in the Deseret News, instead the book collects nearly 500 strips that tell more of Van Dyke's story. If you have served a mission, have a missionary within your family, know a missionary, or have heard of a missionary; this book is for you! Trust me, you'll love it.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Trojan Horse

I'm pretty sure this is how things are done in the Greece Athens Mission.

Monday, March 12, 2018

More Antiquated Practices of 20th Century Missionary

Yep, I'm so old that we used to pull this trick when I was a missionary.

I justify putting strips like this in my missionary strip compilation Mission Daze by imagining that the made up country of Laputania--despite every appearance of a successfully westernized Eastern European nation--has very spotty internet necessitating written letters to home from time to time.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Wheel of Talk Openers

I actually love this idea and might just have to use it the next time I'm giving a talk in sacrament meeting.* The one choice I won't include in my wheel is the "for those of you who don't know me, my name is..." line. That's a personal pet peeve. You don't need to start your talk this way--after all, your name is in the program and the member of the bishopric conducting the service did just announce you.

Still, I appreciate anyone who'll stand before a congregation and give a sacrament meeting talk, regardless of any beginning of the talk crutch he or she might use. It's about the only way a church with a local lay ministry could function.

Interestingly, these crutches used at the beginning of talks aren't limited to sacrament meetings. I subscribe to the BYU Speeches podcast and you wouldn't believe the number of BYU devotionals which begin with some kind of variation of "When I was a student attending these devotionals there is no way I ever would have guessed that I would be on this side of the podium." Just once I'd like a BYU devotional speaker to start her address with "Yeah, I totally knew from my first devotional on BYU campus that I'd be asked to address you. I'm just surprised it's taken this long for the administration to ask me to speak."

*Although, I might spin my wheel at home (the church handbook discourages props during sacrament meeting).

Monday, March 5, 2018

Antiquated Practices of the 20th Century Missionary

I really like today's strip, even though it doesn't approach today's reality. Missionaries don't take pictures on film, develop that film, and then mail it home. They don't even mail home anymore. Despite that fact, I'm publishing this strip today and I've included it in my book Mission Daze (available on for only $9.95--cheap!) because I like it so much.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Home Lunch

Did you know that most canned food is good long after its expiration date? Share that little nugget the next time your mom tries to get you to take food storage in your lunch.

Monday, February 26, 2018

It Gets Worse

I definitely had days like this on my mission.