On that note...
The Church uses a very unique vernacular. I was born and raised in the Church and, as a young child, was sometimes very confused at what was being discussed.
For example, once a month congregations hold a fast and testimony meeting where members of the congregation are encouraged to share their testimonies, open mic style. Many individuals begin their testimonies with "I would like to bear my testimony...." As a young child, I would hear "I would like to bury my testimony..."
I know. It doesn't make sense. But I was young and, apparently, very ignorant.
I am the youngest of five children. When members of the church are high school aged, they are encouraged to attend a seminary class where one learns from the scriptures. As I listened to my older siblings tell about what they learned in seminary, I could only process it as the word cemetery.
Fireside. A fireside is a meeting in which a speech (or speeches) is given to people. Simple. The term comes from the 1930's when FDR would broadcast addresses over the radio to the public. Word. To a young 'un not yet old enough to attend firesides and only hear the term only without experiential context: campfire. Yeah.
So, putting all those together, here's a lovely image of what a young Eric thought of an activity that went on:
|"Today in seminary we're going to have a fireside and we are going to bear our testimonies."|
But seriously. We're not a cult.
Random photo from the mission:
|Tape faces. Logan W. and myself. Snowmageddon 2010.|