Sunday, February 14, 2010

Let Us Pray

If your ward executive secretary calls you on Saturday night and asks if you will give the opening prayer in Sacrament meeting the following morning, be sure to ask him the following questions:

1. I'm usually ten minutes late--does that matter?
2. If not, are you cool with me giving the prayer from the foyer?
3. Is there going to be a Senator in attendance?

I would never have thought to ask question #3 until this morning. When I showed up at Sacrament meeting to give the opening prayer Senator Orrin Hatch was sitting on the stand. I came this close to pretending that I forgot something in my car and driving to Disneyland. (That rhymed.) The executive secretary would never find me there because I know a great place to hide in New Orleans Square. I pulled it together, though, and said the prayer. (That also rhymed.)
After a nervous, shaky-voiced prayer I sat down by DJ. As we sang the Sacrament hymn I had a revelation. (Yeah, I know. I should've been thinking about the Atonement. I was distracted by the fact that I should've ironed my clothes.) I remembered a video I saw of Senator Hatch this past week. You can watch it here. Needless to say, I wish I had remembered the video before I froke (that's "freak out", past tense). It brought me a lot of comfort.

(P.S. Brother Hatch's talk was very good. Here's a memorable quote: "Atheists look at God the way bank robbers look at policemen." It doesn't rhyme or anything but I thought it was pretty good. For a smart man he sure didn't rhyme very much.)

5 comments:

Kathy H. said...

Iron - who uses an iron now days? The only thing we use our iron for is for Fun Fusions - those little meltable pieces of plastic that multiply faster than legos. I'm sure if I ever did use my iron it would have melted plastic that would transfer onto my clothes.

Jenn said...

I am so proud of you for getting to church on time so you didn't miss the prayer. But don't worry, I did it for you, unfortunately I missed hearing your shakey voiced prayer because I was putting Lyla into a car seat at the time. And then didn't even notice that it was Senator Hatch speaking because I was too busy using all of my baby wipes trying to clean the floor and chairs of the mud that Lyla tracked into to the chapel with her! AFter the mess was cleaned up, I did manage to catch a couple good quotes too.

Davis family said...

You make me smile!!

Marie Says Yes said...

"froke?" FROKE!??!?! awesome.

Rachel Smith said...

I second that Kathy...I haven't used an iron on clothing in a very long time! ...it sure came in handy when I got these new drapes though!