September 25

Golden went to a ward in the Avenues in Salt Lake City to set a certain brother apart. The man was a central Eruopean who had recently been converted to the Church. He had a most peculiar name: Ivanovich Ignatovicious.

Since the first thing one does in setting anyone apart is give their name, Golden put his hands on the brother’s head and asked, “What is your name?”

The brother responded, “My name is Ivanovich Ignatovicious.”

Golden said, “ Thank you very much. Ivanovich Ignato . . . what was that name again? Could you repeat it for me one more time?”

Ivanovich Ignatovicious,” he repeated. Golden said, “Thank you very much. Ivan. . . Ivan . . . One more time. Brother.”

The name was repeated again and again. Golden tried to repeat it but failed. He then paused and said,”Oh, the Lord knows who you are,” and went on with the ordination. (J. Golden Kimball Stories, p. 48).

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After Gabe returned to the United States from his mission in Mexico, he remained close with some families there. One year later, the Ortegas, whom he considered his “Mexican family,” immigrated to the states, and Gabe introduced them to his new wife.

Seventeen years later, the Ortega family called Gabe, honoring him with a request that he baptize one of their grandsons. Gabe and his wife took their four kids, explaining that the baptism would be performed in Spanish, but it was okay if they didn’t understand the words.

Gabe’s youngest son, Dan, looked worried. “But what if Heavenly Father doesn’t speak Spanish?”

Gabe’s wife calmly explained, “Heavenly Father speaks all languages, sweetie.”

The boy’s eyes widened in amazement. “Wow. That must mean he has a lot of homework.” (Mormon Mishaps and Mischief, p. 62)

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When Spencer W. Kimball was courting his wife, Camilla, he ate with their family quite regularly. He later said, “Father Eyring gave his consent to our marriage just to get rid of me.” (Best-Loved Humor of the LDS People, p. 67)