Thursday, April 10, 2008

I Will Get In Trouble For This One

Doug Johnston

Something is bugging me. I take that back, a lot of things are bugging me. How many time have you or someone you know say, Thank you for the church. Or how about this one, the church is true.
I can't go a week without someone saying this. Two missionaries stopped me in front of my house the other day and said, "Are you a member of the church" I looked at them, knowing they didn't mean anything by it, and that everyone says it, and I said yes, talked to them for a minute and walked in the house.
There are over 4300 religions in the world. Are we the only one that say, THE CHURCH. Why don't we think o the 4299 other dominations out there, and say are you a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Catholic church, or the Lutheran church etc.

7 comments:

Kimberly Jensen said...

It bugs me too. My husband is a manager of a country club and we often get the, "are you a member"...a member of what? I often say, yes, we are a member of the country club just to throw them off and have them think.

Marcia Mickelson said...

What a refreshing post. I agree with your point of view and am happy to see someone point that out.

Terri Ferran said...

My pet peeve is The Game (referring to the BYU/Utah Game or sometimes just to a BYU game). I have heard this used in testimony meetings several times & it bugs me! I'm not anti-BYU, but this sentiment almost makes me want to cheer for Utah!

Janet Kay Jensen said...

I've seen members of other faiths refer to "The Church," too . . . meaning their church, of course. And in news commentaries about a particular religion, you will hear that phrase used by the scholars, too. I don't think it's unique among Mormons, but I think we should also refrain from using the phrase!

Janet Kay Jensen said...

Terri, we actually had a gentleman in Cache Valley stand and bear his testimony of BYU Football. I had a hard time containing the giggles - - -in Aggie country, too!

Tracy Winegar said...

Doug, It's a Utah thing. I didn't grow up here. No place else do they give a prayer over a birthday party, a baby shower, etc. It is just Utah culture. But it is kind of funny if you think about it.

Abel Keogh said...

~rolls eyes~

Welcome to living in Utah. :-) We're quirky here.