I don’t think I ever had that racing heart and pounding heart at Church. It was super hard to stand to bear my testimony at first and even more difficult to walk up to the front. However, it became much easier after a few times back when I was in the practice.
G, thanks for some good news. :)]]>
We don’t have to adopt the Utah sing-song rythm of public speaking. We don’t have to use the over-earnest “Primary voice.”
I sort of feel a kinship with you and your husband. Our ways of service and communication can be a bit different than “Mormon Standard”, but still well within doctrinal parameters. Our different-ness, especially seeing things from a different perspective (but still within a gospel view) can be very refreshing to others when the monotony of the beehive gets to them, or even us.
“Amazing Grace”, “The Old Rugged Cross”, “Onward Christian Soldiers”, “When the Saints go Marching In” may not be in welcome or appropriate in Sacrament meeting, but there’s nothing wrong with a special “Gospel Music Night” including those numbers organized at a ward or stake level. Kind of like Gladys Knight’s Saints United Voices. We’re allowed to get together and sing outside of the 3-hour Sunday block, and by doing so are not restricted to Sacrament meeting-type songs.
So don’t be afraid to think outside the box! There’s plenty of examples in the scriptures that we could follow, but we just don’t have time for them in our normal schedule and in our traditional Wasatch-front-based cultural milleau.
There’s talk of doing a Glady’s Knight style “Gospel Music Sing-along” in our stake.]]>
See what happens when I imagine people’s stories while reading them. ;-)]]>
Tracy: I wish they all could be like that.
Mark B: Most of the wards I’ve been in have had those roving mikes, I just realized it’s only the one I attend now that doesn’t.]]>