Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Passing the Sacrament

This post is long overdue. Ian turned 12 on August 15th. In the LDS church a boy's 12th b-day is a big deal. They receive the priesthood, which means they get to pass the sacrament in church, which means they may drop a tray of bread or water on someone's lap, which means the boy's mom feels a lot of anxiety instead of peace during the sacrament.

On Sunday, August 15th, Ian was given a beautiful blessing from his father which gave him the priesthood. Both sets of grandparents were there to hear it. Everyone was in tears. It was a proud mommy moment.

The next Sunday, Ian passed the sacrament for the first time. I held my breath as he walked up front to pass the bread and water to the Bishopric members. No pressure! Luckily, everyone's lap ended up bread and water free!

Each Sunday since, I have tried hard not to stare at Ian as he walks around the chapel. It is hard not to watch your son though. Most times when I catch a glimpse of him, he looks very intent on getting to the right place at the right time. In other words, he looks nervous.

This past Sunday, I had my arms folded and eyes closed, trying to look reverent, when all of a sudden I heard a screaming whisper (you know the voice that is supposed to be a whisper but everyone within a mile radius can here). "Ian. Ian. IAN. Over here. Here." I opened my eyes and saw one of the other boys trying to get Ian to move up a row. It seems Ian was in the wrong spot. Don't the boys and leaders know by now that my boy is a bit deaf? It's going to take a lot more than a screaming whisper to get my boy to hear anything.

Needless to say, Ian got back on track, after some wild motioning from the other boy in Ian's direction. I'll keep you posted. I am just sure there is a water tray dropping in the near future. Let's just hope it's in my lap and not someone else's!!


Reuben said...

The great thing about Mormons is that they are extremely understanding and forgiving when a tray of bread ends up in their lap. Congrats to Ian.

Dainon said...

The dumb thing is, being "in the right spot" is only an issue in this ward. It doesn't matter in other wards what row you start on. The kid on the other side can simply move up one... Besides, Ian looks so sharp in that jacket! ;)

I had the screaming voice once! After putting away my hymn book, closing my eyes, and folding my arms... I was reverently waiting for the prayer... The screaming voice was Brother Terry across the aisle... "Dainon!" I forgot I was saying the prayer. Oops!