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Monday, July 23, 2007

Ah, The HH Ward...

Special features of the HH:
1. 42 babies 2 and under. Makes sacrament meeting a circus, bringing on a lengthy and annoyed request by the bish to shut the kids up quicker. Apparently investigators are having a hard time feeling the spirit. Personally, I've discovered that the foyer is a much more fun place to be during SM.

2. Interesting (for lack of a better word) high council Sundays. Let me just say that I have never heard "What the freak?!" so many times in a talk.

3. References in EQ to volunteering for the Mitt Romney campaign. Which were swiftly countered by a certain person's vigorous mentioning of

4. a Fathers' Day talk that was overtly political, and that made numerous mention of how horrible it was for children to be raised without fathers. Made me feel bad for all the kids of divorced parents, and the divorced parents themselves, who had to sit there and listen to it.


Blogger Brooke said...

The "what the freak" talk started out with pretty standard language, but gradually evolved into an interesting colloquial tone. We were dying. John wishes he'd thought to record the gem for posterity.

7/24/2007 9:17 AM  
Blogger Seymour Glass said...

thanks to whomever did that in EQ...i've been prepping myself to counter any Romney campaigning in church. i've even tried to decide what to do if it happens over the pulpit (say in a testimony meeting). any thoughts?

just because he's mormon doesn't mean you vote for him (unless you want you and you go on and do that if you wish, but keep it to yourself in a dedicated building thank you very much).

7/25/2007 1:27 AM  
Blogger meka said...

i couldn't handle all the "what the freak[s]" either. i turned to john and said "please, make it stop" and then proceeded to hide my face in embarrassment.

7/25/2007 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The elder's quorum comment wasn't about campaigning for Romney. The comment referred to a gospel conversation someone had with a non LDS campaign worker for the romney campaign. But the mormon's against romney comment must have been a knee-jerk reaction from hearing the word "Romney" in a formal church setting. Though it got some laughs, the snide comment actually destroyed a nice spirit brought into the meeting by the sharing of a gospel experience.

7/26/2007 11:06 AM  
Blogger Bekah said...

Oh, how I've had no nostalgia for HH. Someone please email me about the "what the freak" talk.

7/26/2007 4:48 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Yes, the "what the freak" talk was a classic. Like Meka, I too was embarrassed. Bekah, it was given by a recently returned missionary who tangented into some stories about his incredibly strange "what the freak!" companions.

Anonymous, I wasn't there, but my understanding was that while the first comment wasn't *about* campaigning for Romney, that was the setting for the exchange that the person was sharing. And yes, the follow up comment might have been reactionary (again I wasn't there) but I think it might be understandable given the number of emails ward members have been getting - clearly from ward lists - asking for monetary donations to the Romney campaign. The lines between politcs and church have been blurred, and it is annoying to several people.

Seymour, if someone got up and started campaigning over the pulpit, I would get right up there after him/her and talk about how great it is that the church is (claims to be) non-partison. How great it is to be able to come to a place to worship that is a sanctuary from the machinations of our political system, etc... Or you could just get up there and bear your testimony about various democratically supported policies and candidates. And then just use Jesus to support those policies. :)

7/26/2007 9:33 PM  
Blogger Anna Maria Junus said...

Just letting you know that I gave you an award. I love that you're not afraid to speak.

7/31/2007 12:16 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Anna, thanks! So cool. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. :)

7/31/2007 11:13 PM  

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