Sunday, June 7, 2009

Thank Thee For The Moisture

Can you believe how much moisture we've been receiving lately here in Utah? It was pouring down so much moisture this morning that it reminded me of what it must have been like back in Noah's time, when it was moist for 40 days and 40 nights. 

And not only that, but we even had the humidifier on in the house last night. Not to mention the fact that I put on some lotion after taking a shower today. 

So so - so much moisture to be thankful for. 

Moisture!

25 comments:

Gary said...

I have often wondered if pray-ers in Sacrament Meeting say "moisture" just in case it might have rained *and* snowed during the week, and they don't want to be embarrassed by saying only one when both actually occurred.

But then again, that's probably not it. A strange phenomenon, though.

Matsby said...

Interesting thought. Though maybe they are afraid that by acknowledging one and not the other, that God will deem them ungrateful for the one they left out... and flood us again.

I think the pray-er has a subconscious belief that using words like "rain" or "snow" in a prayer would be inappropriate or too informal - they would see it as being the same as using the terms "rad" or "show me the money" in a prayer.

Another result of something having such a strong place in the culture (heard something your whole life) that it has become as good as doctrine.

brossettelewis said...

Note to self : "show me the money" is no longer appropriate in Sac Mtg prayer. I knew moisture was a chosen term versus the laman terms like rain/snow.

Thanks for the heads up. We always running late because of the kids, I probably missed that bit of ward business at some point.

Topher said...

Hey, when are you going to have a Facebook Fan Page? Hurry it up, already.

Matsby said...

I kind of hate Facebook. Sorry.

rocslinger said...

Here in Colorado we call it rain (unless its snow)but then were not quite as far along on the path to perfection.

Quinn and/or Lauralee said...

We live in a desert, and are grateful for water in any of its forms. This includes rain, snow, dew, overturned water trucks, coolers full of ice dumped on the lawn after the camping trip. We use the word "moisture" because there are so many ways to make our fill our resevoirs that we don't want to have to ... name them one by one.

Quinn

Tony said...

Us Northeasties will continue to say rain/snow...

Rusty! said...

I'm enjoying an ice cold glass of moisture myself right now.

Christy said...

Do people really say that? Tony, When I went to BYU I was told that Easteners were evil, which would explain our misuse of the words "rain" and "snow"!

Emily R said...

I love and hate you all at once. The m word is kind of icky to me.

theriddle said...

You are truly inspired. As are all those people who say moisture in prayers as opposed to other water inspired words like snow or rain. Also I'm pretty sure 90% of my tithing money goes to pay for air conditioning during sacrament meetings so men can wear suits year round. Can you look into that? Many thanks!

Noelle said...

In these parts, we are grateful for the "rain that has washed the earth." It never occurred to me to be grateful for snow, as folks here don't know how to drive in it. We are also not grateful for ice storms, as it knocks out the power to our homes.

rameumptom said...

When I wear my suit to Church in the summer, I experience moisture in the armpit region. Yet, it neither rains nor snows.

Go figure.

Anonymous said...

I left a comment for 'Symphonyof dissent' on the Mormanity blog page 'who says that Jesus Christ is not enough' ?

Matsby said...

Sorry anonymous, no idea what the hell you're talking about.

linzipoo said...

The "moisture thanks" prayers are okay, unless I'm sitting by a sweaty man in church. It gets a little awkward moving from my husband's side on the pew during the summer.

Poor Little Critter on the Road said...

Just got introduced to the blog; I LOVE IT. There's so much to love and to laugh about when you are a Mo. One small nitpickle about your legal disclaimer: there's a slight irony about your assertion of intellectual property rights using a misspelling of "intelectual." There it is; I've said it. Don't hate me for being a good speller (and a BYU-educated lawyer to boot). Straighten that out and we'll be good.

Also, what do you think about suggestions for future blog entries? One of the questions that has haunted me since I was a boy: why does every leader in the Mormon Church have a middle initial associated with his name? I recognize there are exceptions to this rule, in particular, the exception where the initial appears in place of the first name. This really bothers me, and I desire some relief.

Poor Little Critter on the Road said...

Never mind. I see that I am not well read in your finger wagging bloggery. When you are called to be a doo dah, I suggest you adopt a new (kind of) name for church leaders. Just use one name: like Cher, Madonna, Pink, Ludacris, one of those people.

Matsby said...

Thanks for the spelling correction. Spelling is certainly one of my weaknesses. I'm just embarrassed it was up for so long spelled that way.

Also I'm glad you found the post that addressed your concern. As far as ideas for future discussion - I definitely am open to suggestion.

And welcome. I'm glad you like it.

Anonymous said...

You might be interested to know that there was a minor edit-war on wikipedia over this topic some time ago. You can find evidence of it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Moisture
and here http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Moisture&diff=87553107&oldid=86897950

Tony said...

Chrissy:
I'm beginning to think they are right. We are crazy!

:D

Michaela Stephens said...

Every time I hear the word "moisture" in a prayer I giggle inside.

I say, if you want or need rain, pray for rain, because if you pray for moisture, you may just be sent some nasy humidity.

Similarly, if you need money, pray for money and tell Heavenly Father what it is going to be used for. (It better be something important, and you better follow through.)

Ben said...

I pray for precipitation.

CTR Rings said...

Some stuff we just didn't leave behind from the Nauvoo days. :) Awesome post.