Youth

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A stake president took Uncle Golden aside down in Salina [Utah], and said, “Brother Kimball, you’ve got to talk to the youth.  I can’t send them on missions, they’re swearing too much!”

Golden wasn’t sure he’d heard right.  “You want me to talk to them?”  The stake president explained that they might listen to someone who spoke their language, so to speak.

So Golden gathered them all together and said, “I understand you brethren are not going to be called on missions unless you can give up your swearing.  You can do it.  Hell, I did” (J. Golden Kimball Stories, p. 67).

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A family’s college-age daughter called from BYU: “Mom, I needd a hundred dollars.  I’ve met this wonderful returned missionary.  I’ve spent five Sundays in a row with hom, and eah time I wore one of the dresses I brought to college with me.  Now it’s coming up on the sixth Sundy, and I don’t have any more dresses!  Could you please send money for another dress?”

“I’ve got a better idea,” her mom answered.  “Get a new boyfriend and you can start all over” (Best-Loved Humor of the LDS People, p. 281).

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Sister Garrison was having a bit of a struggle with her teenage son.  He continually came home later than the time they had agree to, and she even worried he was getting into trouble.

Sister Garrison finally told him, “Every time you do something wrong, I get another gray hair.”

With a smile on his face, her son answered teasingly, “Is that why grandma’s hair is so grey?” (Stories & Jokes of Mormon Folks, p. 134).