Recalcitrant – it’s the best word I can come up with to describe it. I’m talking about the Fast and Testimony Meeting participant who ignores all previous pleas from the bishopric to keep it short and restrict comments to brief statements of beliefs. I’m ultra sensitive to this, I know.
And, perhaps recalcitrant is a little harsh. However, we don’t really have a word in the English language (that I know of) that describes someone who ignores instructions.
I once heard a talk that said valid words during a testimony are, “I know… “, “I believe…”, and “I hope…”. They went on to mention a few phrases that should never be used, such as, “I exhort you… “, “You/We should… “, as well as telling jokes or long stories.
During one of these dissertations I admit my mind drifted someplace else. Just before I did, Elizabethe leaned over and said, “We’re three for three,” in reference to some ramblings from the podium.
I imagined myself in a Fast and Testimony Meeting where a bishop asked that person who would come to the pulpit, because of the great number of people, would give one statement about what they know or believe. He wanted them to keep things VERY short.
I sat there thinking, “Hmmm… I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Or, I know Heavenly Father loves all of us. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God…. Which one do I say?”
In my little daydream it hit me. Just get up and say the one you feel the strongest about. The others will probably be said by someone else.
Just thinking about it helped me feel better about how the meeting was going. As a result, I may just do that one of these Fast Sundays. I may just stand up and give one sentence.
In honor of the U.S.A. recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel I made shawarma for the missionaries. My hummus turned out very well and Elizabethe even liked it!