September 27

J. Golden Kimball: When I speak, I don’t try to be funny. When the brethren say something, the people are inspired. I can say the same thing, and everybody laughs.

I went to Logan with Melvin J. Ballard, one of the great orators of the Church. We were to speak at a stake conference. Elder Ballard was first. He stood and said, “Brothers and Sisters, the Lord alone knows what I’m going to say . . .” Then he went on and gave a wonderful talk.

I thought, “I can do that.” So I stood up and said, “Brothers and Sisters, God only knows what I’m going to say . . .” and they all laughed! (J. Golden Kimball Stories, p. 51)

* * * * *

W. C. Fields.jpg

The great American actor, W. C. Fields was famous for his raspy voice, his bulbous nose, and the drunken, rascally characters he played. It is said that when he was on his death bed, a friend came to visit him and was astonished to find him reading the Bible. His friend asked, “Bill, what in the world are you doing reading the Bible?”

Field’s reply was, “Looking for loopholes.” (Best-Loved Humor of the LDS People, p.69)

* * * * *

At times, we are quick to judge people. One evening, a senior home teaching companion learned a great lesson. This older brother knocked on the door of one of his home teaching families, but received no response.

After knocking several times, he looked at his youthful companion and said he was annoyed because he could hear the vacuum going and knew that the mother of the family was inside. Irritated that they would have to return again another evening, this senior companion wrote a short scripture and slid it under the screen door.

The following was written on his note: Revelations 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him . . .”

The next Sunday, when this senior companion met the sister at Church, she acted somewhat embarrassed. And well she should be, he thought. It is difficult to make an extra appointment, and he believed that his time was valuable. When this brother tried to talk to this sister, she quietly slipped him this note: “Please read Genesis Chapter 3 verse 10.” This brother could hardly wait to look up in his scriptures to see what kind of an apology this sister could possibly give for being what he thought was rude. He opened his scriptures and read: “. . .I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” (Stories & Jokes of Mormon Folks, p. 2-3)