Junior Ganymede
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Small and Large Graces

March 17th, 2014 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life:

Your Elders Quorum President asks you to go on rescue visits after church with someone from the stake. You don’t like accosting strangers. You never have. You are sweating it a bit. “Watch out,” you think, “I’m getting sucked into that churchy thing.” You resolve to do it. You feel peace. When you get to Church, Bishop tells you its been called off.

Your favorite goofy, nerdy ex-atheist young high councilman speaks on the Atonement. He talks about gutting fish and waves his hands a lot. His grandpa is dying, he says. In a week or two they will have his funeral. But grandpa is old and in pain and has led a good life. They won’t mourn his death, they’ll celebrate his life. He gestures at the sacrament table. We are met today, he says, not to mourn Christ’s death but to celebrate his victory.

At your parents’ house, you slice potatoes for dinner while your father lies on a recliner with his eyes closed and sings hymns.

Saturday night you finished chipping off the last of the tile in your home. Monday it will be floored with wood. Sunday your children write scriptures and slogans on the concrete floor.

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March 17th, 2014 09:55:21
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Vader
March 17, 2014

“Your Elders Quorum President asks you to go on rescue visits after church with someone from the stake. You don’t like accosting strangers. You never have. You are sweating it a bit. “Watch out,” you think, “I’m getting sucked into that churchy thing.” You resolve to do it. You feel peace. When you get to Church, Bishop tells you its been called off.”

I love it when that happens.


Adam G.
March 17, 2014

And it turns out the list of people to visit I all knew and liked. Fears are liars.


Vader
March 17, 2014

An excellent reason not to take counsel of them. Thanks, Adam.


Bruce Charlton
March 17, 2014

Adam – What has happened to the ‘sweetness of Mormon life’ tag/ category? I demand you bring it back, and put this post into it!


Vader
March 17, 2014

What Bruce said.


Homer
March 17, 2014

Bruce, I am nodding.

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