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Book review: ‘Mormon Origami’ by Todd Huisken a delight for Mormons of all ages

By Stephanie Abney

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Nov. 9 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

Updated: Friday, Nov. 8 2013 5:36 p.m. MST

MORMON ORIGAMI,” by Todd Huisken, Cedar Fort, $14.99, 87 pages (nf)

Marriage and family therapist Todd Huisken has found a unique way to unwind after a day of counseling his clients. He has embraced the ancient paper-folding art of origami. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Huisken shares his original creations in the recently released “Mormon Origami.”

Taking his inspiration from stories found in the Book of Mormon and LDS Church history, Huisken has created 25 original designs, including a section on modern-day temples. Children through adults may enjoy folding a single sheet of square paper into pioneer handcarts, CTR shields, Nehpi’s ship, LDS temples or even a rendering of the statue of Moroni.

The table of contents groups each pattern into one of three categories while an index indicates which progressive skill level is required to complete the various projects. This skill level is found at the top of each page as well as an unusual piece of trivia or a quiz question. This adds meaning and interest to each origami design.

Huisken spent six years as an early morning seminary teacher. He and his wife, Jill have been married for more than 23 years and are the parents of three daughters and a son. The family lives in southern California.

Huisken received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Brigham Young University and his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of San Diego. He works as a therapist in Irvine, Calif.

Mormon Origami” is user-friendly and a nice addition to the tools available for parents and teachers as they strive to make learning gospel principles enjoyable and memorable.

Stephanie Abney, eternal optimist, retired school teacher and freelance writer, lives in Mesa, Ariz., with her husband, Jim. They have five children and 18 grandchildren. Email is sabneyfeedback@cox.net and she blogs at stephaniesaysso.blogspot.com.

 

 

Goodreads: Book reviews, recommendations, and discussion

3.5 stars.I jumped at the opportunity to review Mormon Origami when I saw the cool designs on the cover, and because I thought my kids would really enjoy it. When it first arrived, I let my kids have at it themselves. They had fun with it, although many of the designs were above their skill level. I thought all Level 1 items would be easy, but when I sat down with my kids I’ll admit that I got lost a few times. We used 3×3 origami paper. That is very small for most of the designs in this book. S…more
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 i…more
Origami (or-i-GA-me) is the art of folding paper.
Used anciently for religious ceremonies in the Japanese culture.Today is it a fun hobby and craft…and can still be used for special occasions or for when you are bored or need an activity or lesson prop :)This book is REALLY FUN!Clever designs come from stories in the Book of Mormon, LDS Church History, and Latter-Day Temples

Grab this book and try your hand at Mormon Origami 🙂

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17993772-mormon-origami

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 Breview: My son has been a big fan of origami, paper art, since reading the Darth Paper series, so when we saw this book I immediately handed it over to him and he loved it. In his own words “it’s awesome!” He easily followed the easy step by step instructions to fold a temple. Mormon Origami is great fun. My only wish was that it had some color illustrations or link to a step by step video online, to go with it. But overall, he truly enjoyed using this instructional book!

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