… and boy was it awkward! haha
So, my friend Linda and I have been members for almost a year now, and during that year we’ve finished a semester at institute, so today they handed out diplomas, and those who received one were expected to bear their testimony about what we’ve been going through in class as well as the gospel. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS … Linda and I haven’t really attended institute that much … We always have dinner in church before the class, so we always go to the dinner and stay and either chat with the missionaries or go home. So this made us feel a little like we didn’t really deserve it … And they made the whole handing out diplomas-thing a little too formal for my taste, so we had to walk up to the branch president when they called out our name, and after passing out the sacrament we had to bear our testimonies, like I said before …. Linda’s testimony was probably the funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time, and filled the chapel with laughter and facepalms, haha … Even the branch presidency just sat up there like “oh. my goodness. what is this.”
and THEN it was time to bear mine … I had absolutely no idea what to say or do and was super nervous, so Sister T (because of course we’re sitting with the missionaries, right? haha the only people that are close to our age) just bend over and rambled some scripturething in my ear, because apparently we had to mention our favorite scripture in the old testament, and eh … honestly … I haven’t read it yet and I haven’t been paying much attention in the few classes I’ve actually attended. So she was just like; “ok, proverbs 3, 5-6, talks about how you can always count on the Lord and have to trust him, and he will give you the guidance you need in life” and then she quickly tore out a bit of a page in her missionary day planner-thing (you know, that white little book they always carry around) and wrote it down as my turn was coming up. <3 Sister T <3
And then … You know when you’re about to give a presentation or speak in front of a large audience and you’re sitting in the back row and it feels like you’re walking the green mile because everyone’s eyes are just glued to you? Yeah …
I was pretty nervous, and Linda’s testimony was still cracking me up, so I just stood there like “uhm …. BUAHAHAHHHHAHAH sorry” and when I finally came to my senses, I was just racing through the whole thing so it turned out really short, even though it felt like I’d been standing up there forever. I don’t really remember exactly what I said, but I mentioned something about how I was feeling guilty because I hadn’t been able to attend institute as often as I should have, that my one year mark as a member was coming up and that the church means a lot to me. I also read out Sister T’s note out loud … Haha but I tend to speak with my arms and said some rather odd things now and then so I saw some giggly faces out there … haha but it was funny.
When I dragged myself down to my bench again, Elder S turned to me and showed me his phone. Apparently that little sneak had recorded it all, and it wasn’t even longer than a minute! haha I have NO idea what he’s gonna do with it, but apparently he’d sent some texts around to some other missionaries, like Elder A who insists that Linda and I bear our testimony on the first of September … Hahah oh missionaries, they’re so weird, I love them.
After the meeting was over, a lot of people walked up to us and claimed that we did a good job, one man even said that we were the highlights of the whole meeting! Apparently we didn’t exactly bore them to death, and we did it more “human” and not like one of those Peter Priesthood braggers, which was nice to hear, lol