Like many Primaries, each Sunday our primary is working towards learning one of the Articles of Faith.
Recently, we were focussing on the seventh:
We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
I was breaking this down for my Junior Primary and made a crack about how this does not imply we collect tongues and give them as presents which the recipients then read their futures from like a gaggle of Shakespearian witches (or I'd say an auspex, more accurately - it's been done you know). While we may be pretty peculiar as a people in many respects, this is not one of them. I clarified that in this case, us professing to believe in the "gift of tongues" and the "interpretation of tongues" is a declaration that we believe people are given inspiration or a talent for speaking in and/or understanding other languages, sometimes without study - and this gift helps communication and understanding, and sometimes it is downright miraculous.
Without hesitation, one dear young chap threw up his hand and earnestly submitted, "That is like Hans Solo and Chewbacca - because he says things that no one else can understand, but Hans Solo knows what he is saying."
Angela Noelle waved fare-thee-well to her previous playgrounds (the classroom, office and art gallery) in favour of drinking in every delicious moment of motherhood on offer. Now she juggles that privilege with her nesting instincts, design contracts, sales work, her churchy responsibilities, and the need to straighten things – all with her two cherubs in tow. You can read more from a Mormon Mum in New Zealand over at Angela Noelle's blog, Striking Keys.
Star Wars image from poster.net.