The Boy Who Mooned the 12th Ward Relief Society
This is one of my favorite stories off my Monson List. It is about a young man who showed up to play ball with his buddies in the church gym, only to find it occupied by the Relief Society:
“What are you doing?” the homemaking leader asked when Travis peeked into the hall.
Travis smiled. “We were gonna play some ball,” he said.
“Well, not here,” the good sister replied, maybe just a little tersely. “We’re not moving.”
“But you could do that anywhere,” Travis argued. “We’ll even help you move your stuff.”
“Then when are you going to be finished?” Travis asked. “We’ll come back then.”
“It’ll be too late,” the sister said. “Now, get out of here before I call your parents!”
Travis led a hasty retreat into the hallway, where the boys gathered to reassess their options. At least, I’m assuming that’s what they did. To tell you the truth, the story gets a little fuzzy at this point. All I know for sure is that the boys wanted to play basketball, the sisters weren’t about to let them, and for some reason that I still don’t completely understand, Travis decided that the time was right for a lunar eclipse.
That’s right — he mooned the Relief Society. Right there in front of the baby blankets
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I love the story because that boy is now an adult and talks about how his this action has followed him around. One of the more interesting aspects of the story is that this young man complains about the lack of forgiveness for his action, but I see no evidence that he has forgave the sisters for their reaction.