Things To Act
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Observations of a Ward Clerk
- When counting the number of people in the congregation each week, be prepared to lose track of your count and have to start over if you perform said count while holding a 7-month-old who is liable to suddenly spit up all over himself. Be able to smile about this, although smiling is admittedly easier if he misses your suit and your tie.
- In addition, realize that you will not get an accurate count when 20-25% of the congregation is nursery-age or younger and thus liable to be out in the foyer at any given moment during sacrament meeting. Do not use this as an excuse to spend the meeting in the foyer every week, "counting", with your children, though, despite the temptation to be able to let the 2-year-old run free, which is so much easier than teaching her to be reverent.
- If you go anywhere near the clerk's office on your way out to your family waiting in the car, make sure your wonderfully patient family is prepared to wait longer than expected, since you will most likely be stopped for "one quick thing" by at least one person. In other words, liberally stock the diaperbag with goldfish crackers, and raisins, and bread and cheese, and cut-up apples, and sippy cups--more or less, about the amount of food required to get a family of four across the plains in a covered wagon.
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