Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

In the forecast

Ever wonder if the Nephites had weathermen? They were careful observers of the stars and the planets and times and seasons. So why not weather forecasting? I can only imagine some sort of primitive doppler system that they may have used. Hmm.

Friday, December 6, 2013

For the love of nature

It's such a blessing to have a sibling help you with your chores!

Friday, November 22, 2013

What's in a word?

Onomatopoeia, words that make the sound they represent, are awesome. In my middle school English class, we were asked to make a list of sound words. My teacher made the mistake of telling us the record for her class was 50 words. I went home and went straight to my B.C. cartoon collection -- Johnny Hart was a master of onomatopoeia. My teacher told me to stop when I got to 250 words; that was good enough for an A.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Count your many billows

One of my favorite quotes from Bill Cosby is his response when people asked why he and his wife had five kids: "Because we don't want six!"

Friday, November 1, 2013

On being resourceful

I get a kick out of how many of these gags are based on real life experiences!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Better than I expected

This happened to me several years ago during one of Elder Scott's talks. The talk itself was good, but the lessons I learned were awesome!

Friday, October 11, 2013

For your ears only

Have you ever had that experience when a conference talk resonates with you? Sometimes it's a personal thing, other times it's an experience shared by many.

Remember, you can review all the talks from General Conference (or listen for the first time) on the Church website. There may be one that speaks to you!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Try it

Conference starts tomorrow! Listen in and see what messages might be there for you!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Wondering why

This is something I hear more about stake conference rather than General Conference. 

Friday, September 20, 2013


Not sure where this is going, but it'll be interesting to see...

Friday, September 13, 2013

Be it ever so humble

Sometimes the best thing about going on vacation is coming home again!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Just one more thing before we go

Ever notice how they always put the gift shops right by the exits?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013

With a little help

There are always those willing to go to the rescue. In this case, the rescuer is making a cameo appearance from Good Heavens. It's a service project!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Letting go

Which is worse -- getting lost or losing somebody?

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday, August 2, 2013

Get a grip

Having recently reread Lehi's vision, it kind of seems like an obstacle course on a major scale. It's good to have a handrail!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Choose ye this day

It's all a matter of perspective, isn't it?

Friday, July 12, 2013

Everybody has a dream

OK, so I borrowed a bit from Shakespeare here.  Hope you don't mind!

Sometimes I have to remind myself why I share these cartoons. Certainly it's not for money or fame (although I did run into somebody once who recognized my name from this strip!).  I do it to share my testimony of the Book of Mormon, if only in a small way. I feel like placing a strip in this setting is kind of like following Nephi's admonition to liken the scriptures unto ourselves.

Whatever the reason you're here, I'm glad you stopped by. Maybe it helps you visualize the scriptures, or look at them in a different light. Maybe it gives you a smile or roll your eyes. To me, it's gratifying to see that people from all over the world check in from time to time. That's cool. Keep coming back!


Friday, July 5, 2013

It soon will be tomorrow

It seems like it's the parents who get more excited about theme park vacations than the kids do!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Hit the road

The hardest part of any vacation is getting out the door.

Friday, June 14, 2013

It keeps on giving

I had a boss who used to say, "That project cost more than we expected it would, but then we expected it would!"

Friday, June 7, 2013

A few good men

There are many times when I wish that the Book of Mormon included more named women. That's a thought that was seconded by my aunt, Isabel.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Hey, kids!

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the summer season.  We're still working on our vacation plans, but what could be better than a theme park with the family, right?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Hidden treasures

I remember one day when one of my kids was washing the dishes -- a chore that often took hours -- he suddenly realized that if he did them quickly, he'd have extra time to do the things he wanted to!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Mother's Day edition!

Remember your mother this Mother's Day. And Happy Mother's Day from all of us here at Zarahemla Times!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Looking for answers

I feel this way every time I read about the exchange between Amulek and Zeezrom. There's gotta be something to solve for at the end of the description of Nephite money.

But the part I feel most guilty about is reading the parable of the vineyard in Jacob 5. I can't help but think of Dr. Seuss whenever he says, "It grieveth me to lose this tree."

Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

Church at home!

There's a church around the corner from here that offers drive-in services, so you don't really need to get dressed up, you can bring the pets, have breakfast or whatever all within the comfort of your own automobile. It meets the needs of a certain niche audience, I suppose.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Conference season

You know how in Ecclesiastes where it says "to everything there is a season"? When you're in the moment, sometimes as a parent it's hard to remember that it's a different season.

Friday, March 29, 2013

What hath spring wrought?

I think the deal is that Kib just doesn't understand plants.

Friday, March 22, 2013

All write

It does mention in the scriptures that it was awkward for them to write, right?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Time for a change

I remember traveling overseas one year just as the time changed, so not only did we have to deal with jet lag, we also had to deal with the time change. That means everyone, both guests and hosts, was grumpy!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Simple reminder

We've got some of the best chili makers around: Tracy's white chicken; Don's bacon and steak; Mike's 12 alarm. But my favorite has to be Ben's candy chili -- it's usually the first to sell out!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Come, join the ranks

Pretty exciting news about the Church adding 58 new missions, including one right here!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Proving a point

Some folks just have a knack...

Friday, February 1, 2013

Ammon style!

Most missionaries nowadays can't use the same techniques that Ammon used to start a gospel conversation. That's probably a good thing!

Friday, January 25, 2013

A father's wisdom

I know, right? If you're the parent of a teenager, you know exactly what he's talking about. Which is why I choose to do a preemptive strike and explain to my kids that I'm not telling them these things because I'm stupid, I'm telling them because it's in my job description.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Family ties

There are times when I think it must have been horrible to have Laman and Lemuel as older brothers. But then I try looking at things from their point of view -- I don't know if I could stand having a little brother who was always calling me to repentance, nagging me to read the scriptures and making me help build some stupid boat.