Monday, October 14, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Mormon Origami by Todd Huisken



There are more things to make from Sunday meeting programs than airplanes and fortune tellers; now your kids can fold CTR shields, pioneer handcarts, or the Salt Lake Temple!

Mormon Origami provides 25 simple to intermediate origami designs from the Book of Mormon and Church history. These designs can be used by teachers and parents as lesson handouts or activities to help children be reverent. This unique skill will entertain and help illustrate principles as you include these gospel-oriented designs in your lessons, activities, and everyday fun!


Todd Huisken is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Counseling Manager at LDS Family Services in Fountain Valley, CA. He attended Brigham Young University and The University of San Diego and has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Todd has served as the Assistant Director of Disaster Mental Health Services for the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has worked with victims from the San Diego Fires, Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, and he spent two weeks in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. He was an early morning seminary teacher for six years. He is the author of The Dating Directory and the founder of Process and Content, a graduate program newsletter at the University of San Diego. The most important thing about Todd is that he has been married to his beautiful wife for 21 years and they have three daughters and a son and they try to make Disneyland their second home.


This is a fun activity book perfect for use on Sundays or for Family Home Evenings. Origami is quite popular with kids and can certainly be enjoyed by teenagers and adults.  The book contains designs from the Book of Mormon, Church history and Latter-day temples.  There are three skill levels available.  Level 1 is more than challenging enough for beginners, these designs usually only have a couple pages of instructions, whereas the more complex designs have more.  I appreciated the basics covered in the introduction since I'm fairly new to origami.  I tried the Tree of Life and the Sword of Laban and managed to complete them both. They even looked like what they were supposed to. An enjoyable book for families who enjoy doing activities together.

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