Sunday, July 3, 2011

I laughed so hard I was crying.

I love our bishopric.  They all have such a great sense of humor, and at moments where others would try to remain stoic and calm our bishop will be laughing out loud with his whole body shaking from laughter.  Well today Bishop Phillips got me laughing like that, and I just couldn't help it.

It was fast & testimony meeting and the last couple of people who bore their testimonies of the Savior and the restored gospel spoke for a moment of their love and appreciation of their wives.  Even though they only spoke for a moment, it seemed that they just went on and on about how their wives are so wonderful and how they appreciated them so much and wanted to be able to live up to that standard.  

I poked Colby and told him he ought to take the chance to go up to the pulpit and bear his testimony because perhaps Heavenly Father was sending down beams of love and appreciation that could be beneficial to our "household."  He just shrugged it off and politely refused.

At the end of the meeting our Bishop got up to close the meeting and made mention of how he really loves the fact that our gospel enables us to do vicarious work for others.  He continued to say that he would like to take the liberty to do something he "thought the Stratton's would appreciate and speak vicariously for Colby and thank his wife for all she does and for how amazing she was."  I tried so hard to keep quiet, but I busted up laughing.  It was so hard not to.  I just nodded my head in agreement and smiled at Bishop while Colby chuckled and sort of cowered in his seat, with a huge smile on his face.  It was seriously so funny, I just could not stop laughing.  I was wiping away tears from trying to hold back so much laughter.  

Everyone got a good chuckle out of it.  What was even better was later, as I talked to a few people, they mentioned how they watched Colby's head turn a bright, deep red as he blushed from embarrassment.  Which helps my case to get Colby to grow his hair a little longer.  Had it been longer, no one could have seen the color of his scalp.  Haha.  Colby declared that we will no longer sit in the front of the chapel in hopes that the bishopric won't pick up on every little comment and gesture we make.  I thought it was too funny... I don't mind sitting up there near the front.  I've even been thanked from time to time by those that sit on the stand for the pleasant entertainment they get as they watch our little family (and others near us) during the course of an hour that is supposed to be spent reverently.


  1. I LOVED that. I was laughing so hard about that, too. Our bishop is so awesome.

  2. Oh my heck! That is so funny! I always wondered how closely the Bishopric is watching the congregation and I guess that's the answer! Hilarious!