Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Acquiring culture

So i’m sitting in testimony meeting and three straight semi-little kids (all from different families) stand up and start out with these exact words:

I’d like to bear my testimony, i know the church is true, i’m thankful for my family…”

I mean, even the stress pattern was the same for all of them!

What i want to know: Where do they learn it?

* Not the most recent one i was at. That one, we actually had the conceptual opposite, where lots of kids stood up and they all said different things. That was a Good Thing, i’d say.


Michelle said...

I'd say it's a self-perpetuating thing. Kids hear other kids say it, they imitate it, and other kids hear that group say it and imitate them, and so on. I'm glad Erik has learned (on his own) to bear his testimony outside of the U.S. No one here starts with an introductory sentence like "I'd like to bear my testimony" or "I'd be ungrateful if I didn't take this opportunity to bear my testimony."

Heather the Mama Duk said...

Michelle's right.

But I do have to ask. How do you *know* these kids are straight? I mean, by your own admission they are all semi-little. You don't know what they'll choose when they get bigger. :-P

Let's eat Grandma! or Let's eat, Grandma. Punctuation saves lives.