August 1, 2007

Items of Business

Just a few housekeeping items today:

I hadn't updated my links in about a year and am trying to make amends today. If I should have you linked on my sidebar and don't PLEASE let me know. I like to link anyone who reads my blog or anyone whose blog I read. (I actually try to read all of the blogs I have linked) Just email me or leave a comment with your blog address and I'll add you.

Also, anyone who hasn't discovered Google Reader yet is in for a treat. I have over 100 blogs that I try to keep up on but have been really bad at lately. Today I signed up for Google Reader and now all the blogs I want to keep tabs on are all in one place and I can sign in anytime to see who has updated and read all the feeds in one place. I'm excited to be a better blogger by staying in touch with everyone. Seriously, if you read over 10 blogs, you should try it.

You want something funny do you? Okay, here's a tidbit:

One of the things I love about our church is that we have a lay ministry meaning that there is no paid clergy. All the individual members take turns giving the talks in sacrament meeting. I've given a talk or two in my time as well as most Mormon adults I know. However, it's just a cold, hard fact that not everybody is going to have incredible speaking skills. A few weeks ago in church the speaker was trying to convey his point that there is irrefutable proof of God all around us. Here was his argument. "Look at squirrels. They don't give birth to sharks. They don't give birth to monkeys. They give birth to squirrels. It's miraculous!"

I was only sitting two pews back and it was all I could do to hide my guffaw in a chocked cough/snort behind my hands. However, in reflecting upon his profound point, I must say I disagree. A squirrel giving birth to a shark would be way more indicative of God's powers than if she just popped out another baby squirrel. I'll have to delve into this point in my next scheduled talk. Everyone should come - it'll be fantastic!

22 comments:

velocibadgergirl said...

Woot for Google reader! I love it. I don't think I could keep up without it.

It's how I keep up with your posts, for example ;)

I wish I could be there for the shark / squirrel sermon. I have a feeling it's going to be one for the ages.

Lindsay said...

Thanks for linking me, Sarah! I'm flattered!

glittersmama said...

Thanks for the link. I've had you on my reader for months now. You rock!

Amber said...

I have also just discovered Google reader! LOVE it!

I'm totally giggling at your speaker. I love the funny ones. Last week we had a youth speaker get up with props. A bowl, two sponges and two bottles of water. First thing he says? I bet you're wondering why I have this bowl and these sponges. (Why yes I was). Well, I'm not going to tell you- you'll just have to wait. Then he paused- and then started pouring the water into the bowl and explaining. ROFL!

Thanks for the linky love!

Anonymous said...

I understand your point, but I'm not sure that I would draw the same conclusion...

Frankly, if the trees near my home were filled with arboreal sharks, I might have to ask myself whether God was either asleep at the switch, or incredibly angry with me.

"Where is your God now?" I might shout, as terrified picnickers fled the parks, pursued by pitiless, bushy-tailed squarks... Sharkels?

Sarah said...

anonymous, you just made my day.

citymama1 said...

I link you, too. :)

Adventures in Baby Fat said...

Oooh, nothing makes the hour fly than an inappropriate or out-of-practice speaker at the wheel. We have one in particular (all wards do!) that likes to talk about all sorts of doctrine no one else has ever heard of. And then she talks about sex.

Good times on a Sunday morning, I tell ya.

I've heard good things about Google Reader. I'm a fan of Bloglines myself.

Anonymous: Sharkels?! HAHAHAHA!

Adum said...

Anonymous, you win the prize for using the word "arboreal." You hear that word bandied about so often these days . . .

Teah said...

I'm honored - Bubba Bubbles made the link!

Oh, and I'm going to go check out Google reader!

Abby said...

I live for crazy comments from the pulpit! My fav was the high councilman who read a poem called "Buttprints in the sand." With a southern drawl, he quoted, "...my child, it was then that I dropped you on your butt!" Why was no one else laughing at this? I couldn't contain!

Abby said...

p.s. I don't know what to say to being on your links list...I'm touched. You won't regret this, I promise! (Pressure to entertain and not just post pictures of my son...panic!)

Sarah said...

Buttprints in the sand?! Ours was a high council speaker too. What's the deal with those guys? I always am hoping that the bishop will activate the secret trap door under the pulpit for those talks. I can tell on his face for a lot of talks he wished he could!

No pressure to perform! I love seeing pictures of everyone's kids. If I was a better photographer there'd be more pictures of mine on here but they always end up a little wonky so I go to Google images most of the time to illustrate my blog. **CAUTION - MOMMY LINE AHEAD** I love you all just the way you are!

Debbie and Spencer said...

Sarah- I really must pay better attention at church! I did not hear anything about squirrels or sharks! I would have loved that!

Thanks for adding us to your link...and commenting on Matthew's monk pics...we are flattered!

Nancy Sabina said...

My favorite over-the-pulpit moment was in Stake Conference when the Temple President's wife referred to a grocery store around here (Wegmans) as an Orgasmic experience. Mind you, it is a pretty wonderful place complete with free babysitting, a yummy deli, fresh breads, cooking demo's, etc. But Orgasmic? Well...maybe.

s'mee said...

I am enjoying the comments very much today...oh my heck. It's not often that the comments rival a Sarah Flake post, but today? Sharkels, butt prints, and orgasmic grocery stores!

Melissa said...

I am so coming to your ward when you speak! Maybe you could even bring visual aides... maybe made out of play doh.

Susan M said...

I'd try out Google reader but I already have the 100+ blogs I subscribe to all set up on Bloglines. OK, it's not that many, but it's a lot.

Janell said...

Man, I can't contribute much to this conversation. My only "where's the trap door" experiences have been awful, long, boring talks; one's invoking long movies as ideal examples of Christ-like or un-Christ-like behavior (when usually a suitable scriptural substitute suffices); and a ten minute one on bird regurgitation. Sadly, I never did understand where that last one was trying to go.

Colleen said...

I love Google Reader too! If you want to switch over from Bloglines (as I did) there's an import feature, so you don't have to resubscribe to everything.

Best talks I've been present for:

A guy compared his (possibly alcohol-induced) UFO sighting to the Joseph Smith story. "I totally know how he felt. No one believes my story either!"

A high-councilman railed against homosexuality by describing a homoerotic dream he'd had the night before. And kept using the word "homos."

Ew.

summershine said...

Lol! Gotta love the things that people say in their talks.

AzĂșcar said...

Thanks for the rec, I'm loving Google Reader!