Monday, October 3, 2011

Sabbath Amusements XVII

Each Sunday in Primary (the part of our Sunday meeting I lead for children), we work towards learning one of the Articles of Faith of our church - 13 verses which summarise key tenets of what we believe.

Yesterday, we were focussing on the seventh;
7.  We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

I was breaking this down for my Junior Primary...and made a crack about how this does not imply we collect tongues and give them as presents which the recipients then read their futures from like a gaggle of Shakespearian witches (or I'd say an auspex, more accurately - it's been done you know).  While we may be pretty peculiar as a people in many respects, this is not one of them.  I clarified that in this case, us professing to believe in the "gift of tongues" and the "interpretation of tongues" is a declaration that we believe people are given inspiration or a talent for speaking in and/or understanding other languages, sometimes without study - and this gift helps communication and general understanding, and sometimes it is downright miraculous.

Without hesitation, Master N threw up his hand and earnestly submitted, "That is like Hans Solo and Chewbacca - because he says things that no one else can understand, but Hans Solo knows what he is saying."

Yes, it is exactly like that.
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