January 19, 2009 | 4 comments

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

Bishop told us he got up his courage this weekend and went and shook an apostle’s hand. He was at some kind of training meeting.

The apostle looked tired, Bishop said. He took Bishop’s hand and started absently picking lint off of Bishop’s suit.

Bishop gave his name. ‘Oh, well good to see you, President,’ the Apostle said. ‘No, that’s my brother you’re thinking of,’ said Bishop. ‘Oh, you’re the counselor.’ ‘No, that’s my cousin. I’m the bishop.’ The apostle looked at him sharply for a while. Still holding Bishop’s hand. Bishop waited to see what he would say.

Finally he spoke. ‘There sure are a lot of you around here.’ That was all.


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4 Responses to Lint-free

  1. MattG on January 19, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    I don’t blame him! I can’t think of more mentally/emotionally/spiritually taxing job than to be an apostle. Heaven knows I would be a mess if I were in his shoes.

  2. E on January 19, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    I’ve just renewed my committment to pray daily for the Apostles.

  3. Velikiye Kniaz on January 20, 2009 at 12:19 am

    I believe that it was J. Golden Kimball who made the observation that the selection/calling of leaders of the Church is 95% relation and 5% revelation. Perhaps this proves his point.

  4. CS Eric on January 20, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    This reminds me of the story told by the GA who spoke at my uncle’s funeral last summer. My uncle’s family was well known by the Brethren, since my uncle had served in temple presidencies for many years, including three years as president. His sister married an apostle, one brother had been a stake president for years, and another brother had been a surgeon at LDS Hospital, back when the Church still owned it. The GA said that, when he was getting set apart, much of the conversation with Pres Hinckley revolved around which of the well-known brothers was his father. “You have a good family name,” Pres Hinckley told him. Then he turned to the other man who was being set apart at the same time and said, “Yours is a good name, too.”


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