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Susan M - November 3, 2008

Is my ward the only one that seems to just barely mumble “amen”?

What’s the deal with that? I swear only a third of the congregation will say amen, and the ones who do whisper it, or something.

Say it with meaning, people! AMEN! Or at least just say it.

On a side note, my son bore his testimony yesterday, and it ended with these words: “It just makes me so…MAD. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” And there was a giant lull before anyone else got up.

(I was very happy when the bishopric member who started out the fast meeting instructed us that political agendas should have no place in a testimony. Is the election over yet?)


  1. I’ve noticed a lack of “amen” audibility as well. The only place I heard it forcefully and with gusto was on my mission in North Carolina. I’m guessing the surrounding culture had a lot to do with it. (We had a lot of recent converts, who I’m sure were used to hearty amens in their previous congregations.)

    I’m glad your bishopric member banned politics from the pulpit. Probably 2/3 of the testimonies in my ward yesterday made reference to politics, and one was almost entirely political. After the entirely political one, I got up and bore my testimony of God’s love and of the Atonement. I had hoped that would set an example, but there were a few more political ones after me.

    Comment by Keri Brooks — November 3, 2008 @ 9:04 am

  2. It drives my wife crazy because, amisdt the mumbling “amens” I always give a clear, emphatic one that draws looks.

    Maybe it’s because I was a North Carolina missionary, too.

    As for the politicking, our HPGL actually stood up in testimony meeting and proselytized Prop 8. Jesus was only mentioned when he closed with “In the name of…” The Mrs. and I remained stoic, but squeezed each other’s hand frantically.

    Comment by David T. — November 3, 2008 @ 9:12 am

  3. LOL!

    You’d wake everyone up, saying your “amens” too loudly.


    Comment by Jim Cobabe — November 3, 2008 @ 9:22 am

  4. I admit my volume varies depending on my moods.

    Sometimes I’m loud, sometimes subdued.

    But you will hear a loud sigh on Wednesday morning, I promise you that. ;)

    Comment by Velska — November 3, 2008 @ 9:49 am

  5. My wife gives me a funny look if my “amen” is much more enthusiastic than that of others (“so loud”), which happens every now and then.

    There was a counselor (IIRC) in the São Paulo MTC presidency in 1999 who not only agreed with prayers and talks vociferously, he made a big deal out of it from the pulpit, saying that all of us should be similarly emphatic in our AMENS!

    Comment by Ben Pratt — November 3, 2008 @ 10:23 am

  6. Full disclosure: I say amen with the same fervor I belt out the hymns.

    But do you know what bugs me more than a whispered amen between a faithful member and their god? Any attempt to animate a dozing congregation with “aloha.”

    Comment by Peter LLC — November 3, 2008 @ 10:36 am

  7. I just want to know what your son was MAD about it. Or is that new slang?

    Comment by cheryl — November 3, 2008 @ 10:46 am

  8. He was upset about how close-minded people can be about religion in general and Mormons in specific.

    Comment by Susan M — November 3, 2008 @ 11:38 am

  9. Ah. That bother me, too.

    Comment by cheryl — November 3, 2008 @ 11:55 am

  10. My ward in Washington, DC, which I’ve only been in for about 3 months, has loud “amens” (I’ll confess that mine fit into the mumble category, though). Of more interest, however, is that when the speaker or testimony-bearer says, “Good morning,” the congregation answers “good morning” back. It’s a friendly ward :-)

    Comment by Tanya S. — November 4, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

  11. During a talk a few weeks ago, the speaker read an extensive quote from a General Authority. As she was reading the quote I had to corral the kids and stopped paying attention when I heard, “In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.” I added a hearty “Amen” of my own and immediately went bright red when the people around us started laughing because her quote had ended. Not her talk. I still give a loud Amen whenever I’m paying attention.

    Comment by Matt — November 12, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

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