Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hard Things

I assume most members in the United States are aware that the Church's partnership with boy scouts is suddenly looking tenuous. And while much of the response to this news has been excitement from members tired of tracking merit badges and rank advancements, it has left me filling rather sorry. (And not just because it will eliminate a particular rich vein of humor to draw from.)

While I'm not much of a scouter myself, I recognize its value in the lives of the boys the scouting program touches. Earlier this summer, I went with the varsity and venture scouts (14-17 year olds) in my ward on a 50-mile hike. It was grueling, hard work--probably the toughest thing I've ever done physically. But it was great for the boys and the men they dragged through those mountains. We learned we could do hard things, something that will absolutely serve the boys--and their leaders--in the years to come.

There was nothing particular about that five-day, 50-mile hike that was uniquely scouting, but I worry that activities like that will become less frequent outside of scouting. But more importantly, the Boy Scout program provided a place where boys who neither belonged to the Church or no longer attended could get to know the LDS boys in their neighborhood and build bridges.

I have no doubt that the Church will be able to replace the scouting program with something that will meet the needs of the young men should it come to that. And I will support the Church in whatever direction we go. But should we leave it behind, I will miss the scouting program.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wrong Smith

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Pioneer Snacks

After spending a week on trek last summer, it shouldn't surprise anyone that I came up with more than one handcart-themed gag, right? It also shouldn't surprise anyone that the New Era published last week's gag and not this week's gag, right?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Sesame Street

Today's strip is brought to you by the letter H, the number 12, and by viewers like Bill O. (who came up with it). Thank you.

And the guy at the door is totally based on this guy. And if you don't immediately recognize him, then you're fandom with Sesame Street probably involved more Elmo than Roosevelt Franklin.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Authentic Reenactment

Last summer, my wife and I had the opportunity to be a "ma" and "pa" on a youth pioneer trek. Whenever such chances come my way, I jump on them because I figure every new opportunity in the church is an opportunity for new gags.

Our family included a boy with a foot in a boot. Every day, we'd begin with him walking about as much as he was able before he ended up in the cart. He had a great attitude about the whole thing and his circumstance resulted in today's comic, featured in the July issue of the New Era--a win, win!

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Fine Print

And thus ends Elder Ryan's adventures with potatoes.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Holy Guacamole!

This week's post may cause some of us to see grocery shopping in a new light. "Fruits of the Spirit" and "Holy Guacamole" may only be a few of the things we notice.