I don’t have problems with other languages (I don’t know any), but I have to admit, I give good talks in church. Good talks and lousy testimonies. I gave a talk in sacrament a month ago, I’m still getting approached about it. During my last testimony, though, I quoted– and cited!– the Talking Heads. Even as the lyrics were emitting from my lips like persistent old bus fumes, I’m yelling in my head, “what the hell, you putz?!!” I don’t get approached after my testimonies, I get wide berths.
Two things always happen after I give a talk: 1) I’m completely drained for the rest of the day. You’d think I just played the Garden; 2) I hate it when people come up to me afterward, and I feel like an ungrateful jerk for feeling that way. And it’s not like I can say, “please, really… keep it to yourself.” But that’s what it is. I cringe in the face of praise.
So there my curse lies: Love giving good talks, hate being told I just did. I’m sure there’s a pithy Jack Nicholson line in there somewhere.]]>
On one of my mission trips to Mexico, years ago, one of the women was trying to give her testimony in Spanish. She was trying to talk about herself, and what she wanted to say was, “Tengo dos perros,” I have two dogs.
What she said was, “Tengo dos pedos.” I have two farts.]]>
I taught Priesthood today and skipped my most important part of the lesson I had outlined. How did I do that? I don’t know, I just screwed up.
There’s another way to look at that: you were inspired by the Spirit to skip that part. The difference between screwing up and following the Spirit is often just in the mind of the beholder.]]>
As far a lessons go, I agree with Rusty….the problem is I taught Priesthood today and skipped my most important part of the lesson I had outlined. How did I do that? I don’t know, I just screwed up. So even with written outlined lessons so of us still “Stink it up”.]]>
Even though I felt like I achieved a certain proficiency with the language on my mission, I also wrote out all my talks on my mission. There ain’t no shame, brother!]]>