I’m not very well-known in our ward, due to the callings I’ve had (nursery/primary) and the ward boundaries being shuffled around. But I have the perfect in with anyone I encounter. All I have to say is, “My son’s the redhead,” and they know exactly who he is, and therefore who I am.
We had a ward picnic this week. I took the kids without my husband, who was out of town. That was sort of a big deal for me, that I felt comfortable enough doing that—I’m an introvert and usually avoid group social activities as much as I can. My husband’s an extrovert, so I typically just sit back at those kinds of events and let him talk to people.
I sat down at a table with some food while the kids went off somewhere else. A woman sitting across from me asked, “Is your son the redhead?”
“I just love it when he gets up to talk. Whenever I see him up there I know it’s going to be a good Sacament Meeting.”
I said, “I never know what’s going to come out of his mouth. It makes me nervous.”
She laughed and said, “I think he’s wonderful. Some of the things he’s said I’ll never forget.”
My son’s very memorable. He just turned 13. In the last few months he started giving his testimony. Then he was asked to give a talk in church. (Boy was that nerve wracking. But he didn’t embarrass me too bad.)
I wrote down what I could remember of his testimony the first time he bore it. (“Laughter” means the congregation laughed, not my son.)
I felt like if I didn’t come up here I would, like, feel really bad, so um, yeah…I want to talk a little bit about the different wards I’ve lived in. The first one I remember was when I was 3, and I didn’t like it, because, um, yeah, I didn’t have any friends, and I didn’t like nursery. (Laughter) Then we moved to Kent, WA, and the kids were mean there. Then we moved to Seattle, which is like the worst place on earth. (Laughter) I didn’t have any friends at church there, but I had some other friends that would sometimes come to church with me. Then
we moved BACK to Kent, and then we moved down here, and we were in the 9th ward, and it was really fun. And then the ward got split and now we’re in the this ward, and it’s the best ward ever. (Laughter)
I still have a hard time meeting new people, but I like it here. So, um, yeah, that’s like, my life at church so far. (Laughter)
I want to bear my testimony, I know this church is true. I hope I can serve a mission someday. I’m not sure when, but probably when I’m 19, or something. And I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
I wish I’d taken notes when he gave his talk. He didn’t write it out beforehand, so I don’t have it as a Word doc. When I talked to him about whether he wanted to write it out, he said he wanted to wing it. He told me he didn’t like writing things out beforehand, that it would be more from the heart if he didn’t. And it was.