Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Little Sacrament Meeting Gaffe

Once upon a time there was a girl named Tammy. One Sunday it happened to be fasting testimony meeting. Tammy had just borne her testimony at her parents' home ward a few weeks before and didn't feel like she wanted to do it today, so she was content to just sit and listen to other people's testimonies.

Well, the Spirit had other ideas.

It wasn't too long before Tammy had the heart pounding feeling that she knew meant, "You need to bear your testimony." She naively (and let's be honest--unrealistically) thought if she ignored her pounding heart it would simply go away. For a few minutes it seemed that it had, but then it returned full force, and Tammy knew she had to make her way up to the podium (luckily it wasn't too far away) so she could just do it already.

She sat and waited as the person before her finished speaking, still battling with the idea that she didn't want to bear her testimony but felt she needed to. Of course, she was trying to map out in her head a little bit what she wanted to say, but it still wasn't firmed up by the time she started speaking.

A sign on the podium asks the speaker to state his/her name. Tammy, still in the mindset of "I don't want to" meant to say "For those of you who don't know me. . ." and instead said, "For those of you who don't want me."

Yeah, that just about brought the room down. But it turned out to be a good opening for a solid testimony so it's all good. People always appreciate humor during testimony meeting anyway, right?! :)