!! About a month ago Tom Hanks was on Fresh Air. Terry Gross mentioned that Mr. Hanks had been around a few different religions when he was younger and he went on to explain each of them. One of them was The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (although only the term Mormon was used).
These guys, literally like The Book of Mormon [musical], they came around in white short-sleeved shirts and black ties and they rode bicycles. They convinced my Dad’s second wife that being a Mormon was just the greatest thing in the world.
My Dad said, “You know what, Whinnie?” (that was her name; sweet lady), “If you want your kids to be baptized in the Mormon church you go right ahead, but no way are my kids going to go through it.”
So we just kind of sat around and enjoyed some good Mormon Family Home Evenings that were choreographed by Elder Paul and Brother Bob and a few other people. They knew magic tricks with coins and were really funny. All the time my dad would sit in the living room with his hands around a can of beer.
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If I had a chance to talk with Mr. Hanks, I would tell him that indeed, being a Mormon is the greatest thing in the world! 🙂 (j)
Note: I know it isn’t appropriate to share “funny” incidents from my interviews with members, but I think this one is fine to share…
So, yesterday was my first full Sunday as a counselor in the Stake Presidency. I was still in my home ward as I am still the YM President. Next week is Mother’s Day, so I’ll be in my home ward that week as well, but then will be travelling around.
Other than my normal duties as YM President, I had my first temple recommend interviews to do. The first one was at Church and it went fine.
The second interview was for my 94-year-old grandmother. She lives in a retirement home. She is bound to a wheelchair (bad knees) and gets a fair amount of help from the staff. If she gets much worse, she’ll probably have to go into a home with more care.
Anyway, I asked the questions, and she answered appropriately. However, we both couldn’t help but smile when I asked her the questions, “Do you live the law of chastity?” She just laughed a little and said, “Oh, I think so!”
Did you see this? Apparently someone sat down with Elder Bednar and did an interview with him. He talked about his life as an apostle, what he has learned, and more. I watched the 11-minute video last night. I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t a real “interview”. I cause that’s why the title says that Elder Bednar “talks” about things. I think it would have been nicer to have him actually interacting with someone.
Anyway, the point of this posting isn’t to talk about what was said, it was to talk about what was in his office 🙂 I wished we would have gotten some sort of tour of his office. He has a laptop, a larger screen above it, a snazzy desk phone, a clock radio (with what appeared to be an MP3 player sitting on top), and candy jars (I think). Did you notice anything else in his office, or did I see something that wasn’t there?
I work for a large hospitality company in Niagara Falls, ON, and the property we own is rather large. As you can imagine, at certain times, there are people everywhere. The other day I was walking between buildings and a woman and a man approached me. She had a microphone and he had a video camera. The equipment had a large C and then a small “tv” beside it. It was for some sort of Christian TV station, but I’m not sure which one. She had an accent, but I’m not sure where she was from:
She asked if I would answer a few questions. Here is my short interview:
Interviewer: Do you think Canada is a Christian nation?
Me: Yes, I think so.
Interviewer: Do you think Canada should be a Christian nation?
Me: Well, that is our history.
Interviewer: What is a Christan?
Me: Someone who believes in Jesus Christ.
Interviewer: Thank you. That’s all.
She didn’t ask me what I meant or to expand on anything. It was kind of weird.