Monday, February 1, 2010

Unneccesary Sins

Last night I attended a fantastic musical fireside. I seriously had the most intense chicken skin through at least half of it.

And the other half? Well, let's just say I wanted to poke my eyes out.

In Hawaii they sing at musical firesides.

In Utah they sing too, but they also talk. A lot.

Is it just me, or do white people love to talk? Or maybe talking is a Mormon thing. (Not judging, just saying). It ain't our fault that we have a lot of explaining to do. Or that we feel responsible for enlightening the world and making them blind all at the same time.

In Utah they do powerful slide shows and videos at their musical firesides. Last night the powerful music accompanied powerful images of powerful pioneers pulling handcarts. The musical metaphor was something about how we are modern pioneers pulling heavy handcarts full of unnecessary sins which keep us from progressing.

Just as I was making the connection, the screen SUDDENLY lit up with subliminal messages popping out and racing across the screen--big words and little words coming at us in 3D. Words like texting and t.v. and sports.

Then there was a REALLY gigantic word that zoomed out at us, exploded onto the screen and, like aerial fireworks, hung there for a moment before it faded away.


Not just once, mind you. I subliminally saw it twice.

Honestly it didn't bother me--probably because I understand the value of unnecessary sinning to keep my head from spinning around and popping off. The only thing that bothered me was the power of suggestion. With great power comes great responsibility. That's what Spiderman always says. In one fowl/foul swoop, slide shows like that put ammunition in the hands of those who place more value on the necessary sins, like journaling and scrapbooking and family history.

But doesn't a rose by any other name smell the same?

Am I right? Or am I right?

Oh wells, when the necessary sinners brand me with a scarlet letter B, I can always stick my tongue out and say "At least I don't text!"

In all fairness, the slide show did provide equal ammunition. If my hub or kids try to cast stones at me for blogging I can always poke their eyes out for playing sports.

Then once we're all sufficiently blind, we can sit down together and watch t.v. without any guilt.


The Garden of Egan said...

I'm sorry you are feeling guilty for all your sinning. I personally don't think I sin. After all....I never blog! I could you????????

Must be a Utah thing.

Don said...

Did the slide show say anything about repeatedly mashing the "Get Mail" button and sighing when nothing happens?

Just wondering.

Mariko said...

I suppose it had "cooking" and "sleeping" up there too. That is total redonculousness.
AHHH! Who is in charge of Utah? I want them out, right now!

Sandi said...

I knew those Utards were.....well....Utarded!

IWA (e - va) said...

So when I was in the YW program (in Utah) in 2005, i participated in a 5k person choir and we sang songs and another 10k persons danced and we all celebrated Joseph Smiths 100 bday...

anyways.. the youth rewrote the words to the song Praise to the man... when we recorded the songs for the performance... we had to rerecord the song.. because the youth changed the 2nd verse to
"Plead unto heaven while the earth BLOGS his name!"

Utah and their uneccesary sinning....Dont they have enough to worry about with all the pill popping, porno watching, debt inducing, sin thats already going on!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Wait, are you serious Iwa? About blogging his name? hee hee That wasn't a typo? I didn't know there was such a thing as blogging in 2005.

Oh Mariko, I'm so happy to see you here. I have missed you terribly. I notice you're still cranky, what with the pregnancy and all. ;)

Don, I think I did see mash Get Mail button up there somewhere. ;)

nevadanista said...

Well you can ride my coat tales into heaven since I've hardly sinned at all the last few months. But I plan on doing a lot of from now on... I'm not ready to die just yet though, so that probably won't work out and we'll have to find some other slacker blogger who doesn't text or scrap book. Or play sports.


robin said...

I'm doing the necessary sinning of writing my family history right now but in talking with my brother I could actually write a whole separate book just on his personal sins of lying, stealing and breaking the law - mine only take up a couple of lines of course. :)

At least what I'm willing to admit.

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Amber Lynae said...

I guess I will have a heavy handcart then, because I don't plan on throwing out some of the things that make the journey fun.

Stephen said...

I still remember a youth fireside I went to when I was young, about the evils of music. If you played certain songs backwards they supposedly said evil things. If you look at the clouds long enough with a devious mind you can probably imagine some erotic pictures too. Blog on you sinner!

work verification say "fockle"

DeNae said...

My son's mission president's wife keeps a mission blog. I'm so over the constant tirades against social media. The church makes these awesome, 3-minute video segments for people what? Play over and over on a DVD player on their front porch? Talk about at PTA meetings?

No. These segments are produced specifically so folks can put them on their Facebook pages, blogs, and web sites.

I'm in a foul humor today (you should see what I wrote over at MMB on the babysitting post...yikes!) so I apologize for the edge to this comment. But honestly, people, I sure would like more of the "govern themselves" opportunity when it comes to these kinds of activities.

SWIRL said...

very funny-- I blog only because there was an ensign article about it ..

I'm letting my light shine through computer screens...

How you doin? Can't wait to get my 3 page hand written letter!
I need to go sit out by the mail box now.. maybe it will come today!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Oh Swirl, so glad you reminded me. That's why I've been wearing that string around my finger, to remind me to drop that letter in the mail.

DeNae, you've got sass girl! I love it when you're edgy. And hey, I got your text. If I was a sinner I would text you back. I will email instead. Email is still okay, right?

Nevada, so happy to see you will be sinning again soon.


Steve, ha ha I so remember that whole period when we tried to listen to music backwards to find out what the devil wanted us to know.

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

You are right. But if blogging is wrong, I don't want to be right.

Emily Anne Leyland ( Art-n-Sewl) said...

Oh gosh- you gotta love that guilt. Man- I blog and text-AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dolly said...

I'm with DaNae and this is not even my cranky week. This is actually my best energy week.

Maybe this just freaked me out a bit because I just arrived in Utah today to look for a house.

My strategy is to go to the ward first and see if I can find any democrats. If there are at least 10% I will be able to consider the properties for sale in those boundaries.