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.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Publicans Verses Republicans

Today's gag is likely as political as I'll ever get on this blog. I do wonder, though, if publicans will soon be more popular than republicans given Donald Trump's boorish behavior.

And now that I've effectively lost half of my readership with the previous sentence, I'll quickly change the subject.

This is the fifth gag featuring this particular set of missionaries. I feel like I should give the two of them names that match the philosophical and skeptic nature of the pair. But seeing as how Calvin and Hobbs are already taken, I'll have to keep working on that.