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Super Bowl Sabbathday

Rusty - January 29, 2009


If not, why not? Is it because it’s the Sabbath and watching football is breaking the Sabbath? Or is it because you just don’t care about football? Or is it because your ward/stake has a horribly-planned meeting and you’re too obedient to skip out?

Words and music by Low.

Susan M - January 24, 2009

Photos by me.


A New Perspective On “The Chosen”

MCQ - January 19, 2009

I read Chaim Potok’s The Chosen for the first time when I was in high school.  I liked the book very much and identified particularly with the character of Reuven, especially in his condemnatory attitude toward the parenting practices utilized by the father of his friend Danny.  These practices are revealed throughout the book and, without giving away too much of the story, they are characterized mainly by almost total silence between the father and son.  From an early age, Danny finds that his father refuses to answer questions and never speaks to his son directly in any way.  The only meaningful verbal exchanges between the two happen in public as part of the sabbath service that Danny’s father performs as the leader of his ultra-conservative Jewish congregation.  Near the end of the book, during what is, for me, perhaps one of the best monologues ever written in modern fiction, Danny’s father tells Reuven the reason that he has been raising his son in near-total silence. (more…)

Testimony Bingo

MCQ - January 10, 2009

Do you play Testimony Bingo?  For the uninitiated, it goes like this:  At the start of F&T meeting, everyone in the group draws a box with 9 squares (3×3) on a piece of paper.  Then each person puts one name of a member of the congregation in each box.  You can’t use yourself or the person who’s conducting, but you can use anyone else who is present at the meeting (whole books could be written about the strategy of name placement).  Then, throughout the meeting, if anyone on your sheet of paper takes the mic, you can cross off that square.  First person with three in a row wins, unless someone else gets a blackout (meaning they cross off all their squares).  You can decide ahead of time what the winner gets as a prize.  It makes F&T meeting a lot of fun, but please, please: no wagering; prizes should be of the non-cash variety.  Do you play this game or any others during church meetings?  Does it enhance or detract from your experience? 

It’s a Question of Procedure

David - January 2, 2009

I got a call this morning from Sergio, a friend from my old ward who wanted to wish me and my family a Happy New Year and catch up. After we exchanged reports of our holiday activities, he let me know that– 3 1/2 months after we moved out of the ward– I was finally released from my HPGL calling last Sunday (Sergio took my place, which made me very happy).

Coincidentally, that same day we were doing our tithing settlement, and at one point the bishop says to me, “We got a calling for you. It’s coming, so be ready.”

My question is this: Did a calling in the new ward have to wait for the release in the old one? Such a concept never occurred to me until this happened. Was it necessary to keep me in that position until the stake leadership determined my replacement, and by so doing, keep any callings in the new ward at bay? Or is it really just a coincidence that the two things happened at the same time? Is there not such a thing as having two callings in two wards overlap?

Not that I haven’t been grateful for the 3 1/2 month vacation.