Thursday, November 13, 2008

A True Story

A guy from the stake presidency came and told us to remember not to tell stories or give sermons on Fast Sunday when you are supposed to be bearing a testimony.

And I know that it is mostly because of that little Mexican lady that always stands up there for 20 minutes crying and talking about something with her kids or maybe something about a bike (I don’t know, I can’t understand her), but I guess it also means I won’t be sharing this faith promoting story next testimony meeting:

Last Tuesday I went to pick up some food at this Thai place. When I pulled up, I turned off the car and tried to pull out the key. It wouldn’t come out. I tried brute force, I tried carefully turning it, but it wouldn’t budge. Next I decided to just go home and figure it out, but then it wouldn’t start either. I sat there for 10 minutes trying to turn the key both ways. I was thinking about how I will have to get a ride home and get it towed and I admit I shouted a lot of words that made the angels sad.

But then after I ran out of swear words, I decided to calm down and say a little prayer to ask for help. Shortly after the prayer I realized that the car was still in drive and that is why it wouldn’t start or let go of the key.

Which reinforced an important principal that I have learned over the years:

God does answer prayers. Sometimes the answer is “yes,” sometimes the answer is “no,” and sometimes the answer is “you’re an idiot.” But He always answers prayers.

16 comments:

Blaine said...

umm... I actually did that earlier this week. (bending head in shame, feeling foolish)

Blaine said...

whoops, I forget I'm using Blaine's computer.
I'm the idiot, it's me TJ.

Snowbunny in the City said...

Ok. I too am a Utah Mormon (living in DC) and you are WAY TOO FUNNY.

~*Holla at a PLAYA*~ said...

...WAHHHH...do true...but I think he also says other things like... "don't bother me with that crap" and "use your brain, that's why I gave it to you"....

Holdinator said...

I get that answer all the time.

dancingmouse said...

I say get yourself a manual car and it will never happen to you again.

steenky bee said...

Um, I forget how I found you, but I've read and lurked you for a few months. Sounds creepy, huh? I'm harmless and a fellow Utahn. I just think you're hilarious and have passed your site on to other fellow LDSers both in-state and out of state. Nice to meetcha!

chloe said...

Yes...I get that "you're an idiot" answer way more often than I'd live to admit.

Present and Accounted For said...

Happened by today, though I am not Mormon I probably know a bit more about it than your average Goy. I think your blog is hilarious. I look forward to reading more in the future and I know God has given me that last answer on many occasions.

April said...

I get "you're an idiot but I'll help you out anyway" a lot.

Miss Shortcake said...

I try to remember to pray when I'm getting really, really frustrated and am feeling like kicking something. And usually, whatever is frustrating me gets righted immediately!

Gatsby said...

Hey welcome new guys. Thanks for reading. I'm glad you like it.

Michelle 2021 said...

I think when it comes down to it we are pretty much just toddlers who WILL eventually GET it. But a good father loves his children even when they are kind of silly. And also, please use your brain.

lisa said...

I had a very similar experience involving a clogged toilet, and prayer. Same result though: my prayer was answered.

n8_bert said...

I think it still is appropriate for testimony meeting because you didn't finish the story. What did you order? Did you get it or not? And if you did get it and eat it, did you wait 2 hours before praying for anything important? (Many a man married an ugly woman because some spicy Thai left a burning in his bosom. -- I read that in a fortune cookie once.)

kris... said...

ROFL... I have so done this before! I've never thought of sharing it from the pulpit, though.