Does anyone else find themselves spending a whole lot of time rolling their eyes throughout sacrament meeting? (Sorry, I realize that question might be irrelevant for some.) I, for one, am pretty tired of the "opening joke." Actually, let me change that statement a bit. I grow weary of the "I've spent the entire week coming up with something funny, and now I just have to pretend it is spontaneous when I say it," joke. You know when a 10 year old is giving a talk, and he begins it by reading a joke that his infantile mind surely could not have produced on its own? At which point, you glance at his mother who, beaming with pride, is the only one laughing hysterically. I feel like most "opening jokes" are about on that level.
Today's sacrament talks began with a real gut buster. Lately, my ward has been calling entire apartments to speak. This is always a neat experience, as at least one of the room mates always happens to proclaim which of his pathetic co-dwellers are single. Cue excited whispering from girls. Cue eye rolls from any self respecting people in the room. Anyways, having three room mates speak also invites real hilarious jokes involving said room mates. Today was a shining example. The second guy began, "I've been best friends with these guys for 7 or 8 years. In fact, we're like the three amigos, or the three musketeers...(cue pause, indicating some clever cogitation,) or...(slight phony chuckle, mixed with sheepish expression)...maybe the three stooges.
That was the culmination of an entire week of careful planning? At this point, I couldn't help but spare a futile attempt to find his mother preening in the audience. I instead shared an eye roll with my room mate Andre.
Here is a hard fact: if you are not spontaneously funny in normal life, you are not going to magically appear so from the pulpit. Unfortunately, it would seem that the Holy Ghost just does not have the power to carry your "funny" message to our stony hearts.