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The sweetness of Mormon life

November 24th, 2013 by Vader

It’s Adam’s theme, and he does it well. But I hope you all will indulge me in a little sweetness of my own.      

The choir was scheduled to sing today, so I chose to sit on the stand, where I hoped not to be too distracting.* This afforded the opportunity to sit close to the speakers and observe the audience.

Sacrament is prepared by the priests. One of the priests is in in his sixties. It is his first time. He was recently tracted out by the missionaries, an uncommon occurrence any more, and his whole family has embraced the Gospel. He baptized his daughter last week.

The speakers are an older couple and their daughter. All are about to depart on missions. The daughter is leaving for a regular proselyting mission and the parents are leaving for a family history mission in a third world country. The daughter is a close friend of Leia.

The daughter talks about why she is going on a mission. She knows it is not required of her. She has wanted to go since she was eight. When she was eighteen, she felt impressed to begin intensive preparation, even though she had another three years to go before she was old enough. Four months later the minimum age was lowered to nineteen.

Her mother was eight when the missionaries tracted out her family. The whole family joined. The mother tells us she has was an extremely shy girl. She was thrilled at her first youth dance to be asked to dance three times by one of the boys. She is sure he was handsome. She cannot describe him, because she was too shy to look higher than his shoes. (They were handsome shoes.)

There are many visitors in the audience. Part of it is the farewell and part is the upcoming holiday. I notice a couple making very happy faces at a visiting infant. Their own youngest is three and they aren’t planning any more. They are beginning to make the dread transition to middle age. I think it will wear well on them.

Sunday School includes a discussion of the 1978 revelation. The instructor talks about how joyful it was for the Church, though of course he was not himself born yet. I feel old as dirt.

The Priesthood lesson in High Priests Group (naturally, Jedi meet with the High Priests) is on missionary work. It is based on the talk by Elder Gifford Nielsen from the last conference, and our crusty old instructor insists that those reading the excerpts pronounce the exclamation points clearly. He observes that the work is hastening.


*Of course I sing with the choir. I have a fine bass voice. Or, at the flick of a switch, I can sing a respectable second tenor. The flexibility is appreciated by our choir director, though she notes that I could work a little more on my breath control.

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November 24th, 2013 21:39:51

Bruce Charlton
November 25, 2013

I do enjoy these ‘sweetness of Mormon life’ postings!

Last week I was musing on my favourite times in history (assuming, of course, that I could pick my own niche in those societies) – and I would say that the (sweetness of) Mormon life built-up throughout the Twentieth Century in and around Utah has been one of the greatest achievements of mankind, so far.

What has been remarkable is that the greatly increasing comfort, prosperity and leisure of this era did not (on the whole) corrupt the society – as it generaly has done, and very rapidly, throughout history; but (by and large) Mormon society has *used* this increasing prosperity to fuel both the expansion of the church and simultanesouly the ‘devoutness’ of its members.

This can be seen looking back; although (as usual) the current situation is less clear and the future undecided; nonetheless I think it is necessary to acknowledge what actually was done, against the odds, with (in general) such a sweetness of spirit.

Adam G.
November 25, 2013

Thank you, Vader. Well done.

Bruce C., as always, your unique perspective hits some valuable points that none of the rest of us are quite capable of. Your “(as usual)” by itself set me thinking. Thank you too.

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