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.
I have had some interest in my Monson List post. I will look through my list as time permits, and post some of my favorite news stories that can be used to teach Gospel Principles.
In the mean time, over at Rustysblog.com he makes a great point on what we can learn from Micheal Phelps. Phelps pushed himself to the very end in that incredible 100m Butterfly that he won by a fingernail:
Phelps really wanted it. And when it hurt the most, with his lungs aching for oxygen and his arms burning from fatigue, not even then did he decide to stop. Later he would say that he didn’t even realize how close they were. He didn’t beat out that last stroke because he knew it was close, he did it because he knew he had to give it all he had until it was over.
That brings to my mind that great Mormon principle of enduring to the end. (more…)
Allow me to explain. Some years ago, in an attempt to be a better speaker, I decided to emulate President Monson’s (then Member of the 12) style and use more stories. My memory is not that great, and I often found myself remembering stories that would have been great for a particular topic AFTER I gave the talk on it, so I actually started keeping a list of stories. Anything I came across that could be useful in future talks or lessons are noted. I had to name the computer file something, so I called it my “Monson List”. When I am assigned a topic, I browse the list and see if any are relevant stories or ideas.
Sometimes personal experiences will come to mind along with some correlation to a Gospel principle, so I will write it down. I also keep news items that can be of use in lessons, those I usually see online, and I have a bookmark file called “monson list”. I won’t lie to you, fresh stories beat repeating the ones out of the lesson manuals that the boys have already heard many times.
I recently did a fireside on choices having consequences, and it was pretty much a collection of stories. It seemed to go well.
By the way, I don’t really have a “bucket list” but off the top of my head — I want to get my kids through college, mission, and married. After that, forget about skydiving, I look forward to getting the basement clean before I die.