Audience of One

July 27, 2008 | 5 comments

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

“I think this talk was meant for me more than all of you,” the speaker says. We laugh. Its funny because its always true.

It occurs to me that there is another audience of one who, like the speaker, gets more out of the talk because He’s privy to the whole performance, including the preparation and the prayers.

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5 Responses to Audience of One

  1. Ray on July 27, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Profound, Adam. I am sure I will share this at some point in the future.

  2. manaen on July 27, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    A less-profound observation: I used to note how any given talk seemed to be just what I needed to hear until I realized it may have less to do with inspiration than how large a target I am. It would be much more difficult to give a talk in Church that was *not* somethng I need to hear.

  3. Adam Greenwood on July 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Since we’re in the same boat, Manaen, lets take turns rowing.

  4. Hunter on July 28, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    I love the sentiment, Adam, and don’t mean to detract, but I’m still smarting from yesterday’s report in Sacrament Meeting from a returned missionary that went overtime by more than 20 minutes. After about 15 minutes of bleeding into the Sunday School hour, yes, I think it was indeed an audience of one – because no one else cared to pay attention to his talk anymore!

    (I knew it was bad when our oldest daughter (who hates going to Primary) was begging to go to class, and our middle child just gave up and plopped her head on my wife’s lap and said, “I want my blankie.”)


  5. Alison Moore Smith on July 29, 2008 at 2:47 am

    manaen, I totally hear ya.


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