Monday, September 1, 2008

OK...

which one of you narked me out to the bishop? I got called into the principal's bishop's office on Sunday. About this. He was a bit worried about me and thought a testimony check was in order.

Testimony? Check!

I am seriously so blessed that my bishop is one of the nicest men I've ever known. And even more blessed because he's fairly shock-proof due to his marvelously outspoken wife. So, my dearest narking friend, now that you know the bishop is reading you don't have to forward him my posts. He'll catch them on his own.

If you become concerned, you can just talk to me personally. If it's just too scary to talk to me, rest assured that I love my husband and my children. I believe that the gospel has been restored in its fullness. I know that Joseph was a prophet, that President Monson is a prophet as well. The Bible and Book of Mormon are the word of God. I know that God is my Father and loves me. You too, as a matter of fact. Jesus is the Christ, my Savior. Yours too, as a matter of fact. Even though I blog, I am still praying, reading my scriptures, and seeking to increase the influence of the Spirit in my life.

In short, I'm OK, but please don't do that again. Love ya!

26 comments:

Annette Lyon said...

I'm not sure whether to gasp in horror or laugh my head off. A bit of both, maybe.

That post was something SO many women can relate to, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with their level of faith. I, for one, am glad you posted it, nark notwithstanding.

Jami said...

Don't gasp in horror. Most likely it was one of my very close friends being concerned. And my bishop is very nice. And funny.

Still.

Alison Wonderland said...

I thought for sure it was going to be the I'm not talking about it post (or I guess really the one where you did talk about it) I don't see how your not attending sac because some judgmental ladies in your ward were rude brings your testimony into question (although I can certainly see the fear of the "she was offended and then went inactive" scenario).

I do think some of those ladies ought to be sat down in his office. But that would be a very different conversation.

Jami said...

Oh, Alison, I cannot believe I got off the hook on that one. In fact, he didn't specify which post he'd read and for a moment I assumed that I'd be asked to talk about it. But I asked which one of the two he was concerned about and it was the SM post, not the SSM posts. Whew!

Thora said...

Maybe he randomly found your blog on his own. Although you don't use your last name, so that would be hard. I use all sorts of real information, and my bishop in Oxford found my blog. He commented that it was really interesting how you could run into people on the Internet when you just type in their name (he was looking for an email address for me to send me some pictures he took at a ward party). The last post I had written was how I wished we wore cool priest clothing (like catholics) in church, and I like pomp and circumstance, like I had just seen in the Church of England churches. I wonder what he thought about that post...

At least your bishop has good faith in you, even if others are concerned. (Not that they should be concerned).

Jami said...

Thora, a happy thought, but he specifically mentioned that my post was sent to him. I have my favorite suspects (coincidentally they're a few of my favorite friends). I can't google me based on my blog info so I assume others can't either.

Sue said...

Oh dear. You were a lot nicer than I would have been. Of course, now the bishop's reading it, so....

(Man, I totally have the urge to swear inappropriately now. MUST...RESIST....)

Jami said...

Oh Sue, I'm not really nice, I just pretend.

(I have the sudden urge to congratulate you on your self control. Nicely done!)

Papa D said...

Well, at least you know it wasn't me! I don't even know who your bishop is.

Thora - Oxford where? (England, Ohio, etc.) Just curious, since I speak in Oxford, Ohio occasionally. That would be too weird if you knew me.

Jami said...

Ray--I'm sure that you would talk to me personally, even if you did know my bishop's name. You are nothing if not forthright.

Besides the nark was most definitely a female. Initials: DP, JC or NA. Or someone who linked off of NA's blog.

I really just say what I mean (or some tongue-in-cheek version of what I mean) regardless of who's reading. I'm too liberal for some, too conservative for others, too frank, too timid, too tenacious, too repetitive. Whatever. Can't please them all, might as well please myself.

(Also I think Thora is currently in Ohio, but the Oxford she's referring to is Oxford, England.)

Papa D said...

"You are nothing if not forthright."

Yeah, that's true. Timid, I ain't.

"I really just say what I mean (or some tongue-in-cheek version of what I mean) regardless of who's reading. I'm too liberal for some, too conservative for others, too frank, too timid, too tenacious, too repetitive. Whatever. Can't please them all, might as well please myself."

Is that you or me? *grin*

6k9s said...

what an odd little world it is... it is to laugh.

Nat~Nat said...

It wasn't me, I have a hard enough time keeping myself in line!

I'm sooo sorry!

Jami said...

Nat, I figured it wasn't you. Or JC either actually. You both are too straight-forward. Perhaps it was a mere acquaintance. A dang nosey mere acquaintance.

Ray, all that good stuff applies to you as well. :)

Mom, it's laugh or twitch or laugh while twitching. Yeah, one of those.

Jo said...

I am with Annette. Although my first thought is just to be royally pissed! I am sorry, if it was a good friend, they should have come to you first. I pray no one in my ward reads my blog. I am sure they don't, I don't think anyone in our ward gives two pins about us, so I guess I should feel blessed, cause I will never get narked out!

ELASTICWAISTBANDLADY said...

If I was the Bishop, I'd be more concerned with the person who thought it necessary to report such a thing to begin with.

It's a good thing I could never be called to the position of Bishop Infidel.

Jami said...

Jo, I read your blog and would never nark you out. Actually all close friends have been ruled out. My good friends might nark, but I know they wouldn't lie about it if they did.

Yeah, Elastic as Bishop Infidel would be outrageously amusing, but unlikely. When BCC plays "You Make the Call," we can all pretend and spout our great wisdom into cyberspace.

Melanie J said...

You are a far more forgiving person than I am...although, I guess it's kinda nice that someone was worried. Kinda? I guess...

Jami said...

Hi Melanie. Thanks for dropping by.
"Kinda? I guess..." pretty much covers it. I feel loved and spied upon. It's an odd mix.

The Motherboard said...

That, right there, is my biggest fear. Me saying what I really think, and someone narking me out to the bishop.

Anything I say on my blog, I would totally say to you in person, but really? Getting the Bishop after you? That's cheeky!

Sorry. You just said what we were all thinking! And, that doesn't mean we have all lost our testimonies either!

Nat~Nat said...

The funniest thing about this whole thing is what I thought when I read it. I thought, "Wow, another stressed out mom." I think that 1:00 church is a definate testimony test for almost any mother, at least at some point!

Yay for tomorrow and 11:00 church!!!

You have my sympathy in so many ways!

Jami said...

Yay for today! 11 AM here we come!

Wendy said...

Your life is so much more interesting than mine!You make everything funny.Love it!

Jami said...

Wendy, if I had your job, oh the things I could write! The postcards! The dogs! The couples getting together and breaking up. The weird homeschooling lady who had so many children she didn't know what to do! You have a lisence to snoop on everybody. Don't give me the "my life is so dull" tale. :)

Shellie said...

Jami I'm in love with your blog and your cool self.

That said.

I read your strike post and I do the same. I just haven't taken an official stance yet.
I feel the same way.

Jami said...

Shellie, you may be the first person ever to have called me cool. That's kind of cool.

On SM I've just decided to attend with my wild monkey children and pray for the people who are offended by them.

BTW, I love your blog too. I just keep laughing.