Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Eggs

The first year I was married I convinced my wife to dye Easter eggs the way they did it in Slovenia. We carefully gathered an assortment of leaves that we gently placed on the eggs and then we wrapped a nylon over each egg careful not to disturb the leaves. We then dipped the eggs into a pot of boiling purple cabbage with the plan that the natural dyes from the cabbage would color the eggs.

We ended up with a smelly apartment, too much cabbage to eat, and eggs that didn't change color in the slightest. Clearly I didn't pay enough attention on my mission. Since then we've only dyed with the kits.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Joy of Cooking

After 17 years of marriage, I've become quite domesticated--I can cook a number of things. But as a missionary, I was more like Elder Van Dyke in today's strip. It's a miracle I made it two years on such a poor diet.

(Here's another strip for your consumption.)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rest Hymns

We call them rest hymns, but really their purpose is exactly the opposite of that. Clearly we need a better name for those songs we sing two-thirds the way through Sacrament Meeting as we steel ourselves for the High Council talk yet to come. Any suggestions?

Monday, April 7, 2014

April 2014 General Conference Recap

Below is my recap to the recently concluded General Conference. I hope you find it useful.

(UPDATED: Here is a link to a pdf version of the packet for convenient printing.)

Man's Search for Peanut Butter

Wasn't Conference great? It was almost as good as finding peanut butter on the shelves after going 18 months without it.

Just a reminder, I'll be posting my General Conference Recap on this website later today. Please look for it. And in the meantime, please check out Kevin Beckstrom's conference sketchbook.

(Finally, Elder Van Dyke gets a baptismal commitment this week in!)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Out of Breath

I'm fairly certain this weekend's General Conference will include instruction to improve ourselves. (When has it not, right?) With all the talk about "lengthening our stride" and "hastening the work," let's make sure not to get overwhelmed. Remember this piece of prophetic counsel: "it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength" (Mosiah 4:27). At the same time, let's make sure we're not spiritual couch potatoes.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Conference Helps

There were times on my mission where I felt this way.

(Read another strip courtesy of here.)

With General Conference coming up at the end of the week, I wanted to remind you of the number of resources available to entertain your little ones.
  • I've put together another General Conference Activity Packet. And thanks to the great work of Dani Queiroz de Souza, it's available in Portuguese. You can find a copy of this packet at Sugar Doodle.
  • Anyone who owns an iProduct really ought to download any one of my apps. LDS Scripture Heroes and LDS Coloring Book are awesome quite time activities for those of yours unable to sit through eight-hours of Conference. You can find them (along with LDS Laughs) here.
  • For those of you who aren't contributing to Apple's bottom line, you can always pick up Now That I am Baptized and The Puzzle Book for LDS Kids each of which contain nearly 100 puzzles bound to entertain your little ones for hours.