From: Donna Banta
Subject: Ward Gossip turns two!
Two years ago I began publishing the e-mails from the Abbottsville Fourth Ward. Since then I have received 832 comments from readers. I have appreciated every one. Many of the comments have come from fellow bloggers in my excellent blogroll that I hope to expand in the coming year. Right now, I'd like to specifically boast about a few very talented bloggers to whom I am especially grateful:
My brilliant friend Jennifer who writes The Cognitive Dissenter and is my partner on White and Delightsome.
Ahab, who keeps a wary eye on the Religious Right at The Republic of Gilead.
Just Zena whose Random Fartings of a Gaseous Mind are actually a breath of fresh air.
Nance who takes time out from her musings on religion and politics at Mature Landscaping to read my juvenile blog.
Paul Sunstone who I wish would get back to posting on Cafe Philos.
Ditto to InsanaD at Kori-whore's Double D's.
Diane Tingen who casts a spotlight on Mormonism at Mormon Schism.
C.L. Hanson who writes Letters from a broad, and has linked Ward Gossip to her Sunday Outer Blogness column on MSP more times than I probably deserve. (I finally ordered her book ExMormon from Amazon and it arrived today!!)
Chino Blanco from MSP and LdC and Carla at Life as a Reader, who both nominated me for Brodie awards. A huge compliment, since I am big fans of them both.
The other deserving bloggers whom I accidentally left off the above list. Please reprimand me in the comment field!
Also in honor of this anniversary and as a tribute to how I've dwindled my free time for yet another year, I bring you the year in review:
|I'm so confused!|
Elder Young for the first time!!!:))))
I also eulogized the great Leslie Nielson with a take on how Lt. Drebin's temple endowment session may have gone:
Lieutenant Drebin takes an unassuming seat some three rows back from the altar. The officiator dims the lights and begins the film. Only instead of God creating the universe, we get The Three Stooges bonking each other on the head. Drebin leaps from his seat, rushes up the aisle, knocks over the officiator, and begins fooling with the knobs behind the altar. The lights flicker on and off, the curtains go up and down, and The Three Stooges keep bonking each other. Then the altar explodes and sends Drebin flying through the veil and into the Celestial Room where he dangles from the crystal chandelier. The chandelier crashes down, the player piano blares from the speakers, and Drebin careens through the temple on a madcap romp that ends when he knocks the temple matron into the baptismal font, just after accidentally ripping off her dress.
In December President Knightly announced the reinstatement of the Stake Single Adult Program!**
**Pending the completion of the following requirements:
- Obtain a temple recommend or complete the Official Worthiness Questionnaire
- Fulfill your usual assignment at the Stake Family Christmas Party. That is, set up, serve dinner, man the nursery, and clean up afterwards.
- Attend tithing settlement. (Remember to bring your tax return!)
- Resolve to be married by the end of 2011.
January's highlight was the release of another inspiring "And I'm a Mormon" ad featuring Julia who proudly boasted:
|Only the best of feelings should exist|
within the prayer circle.
Also, I paid tribute to my wonderful husband on his birthday, with a retrospective on his life before and after he left the LDS Church.
Then in April I discovered that The Book of Mormon is true! That is, when I finally got to see the real thing on Broadway -- thanks to our amazing friend, Olivia, who got us tickets, and David, who got us reservations at some of Manhattan's finest eateries!
In May I reviewed the film version of God's other favorite musical, Saturday's Warrior. Here is an excerpt:
|In front of Jane Austen's|
brother's house in Chelsea
At the beginning of June the Abbottsville Fourth Ward's email temporarily went into spam while I visited Emily in London.
Later that month, I again eulogized another great actor, Peter Falk. This time, I imagined how Columbo might have investigated a murder involving the LDS Church Authorities:
Columbo: Say President (Monson), you don't happen to have a light, do you?
President: We don't smoke, Lieutenant.
Columbo: Oh I'm sorry, sir, I had no idea. How rude of me. . . . Now, my wife, she would've known that, see, because she has some nice Mormon friends in Vegas. She meets up with them whenever she goes there to gamble.
July turned out to be a very busy month because Jennifer (The Cognitive Dissenter) and I debuted our new blog, White and Delightsome.
Also, President Knightly listed several reasons why people just can't leave the Mormons alone. Among them:
Finally, in August, Mark Crawford gave his martini-infused take on The Fourteen Fundamentals for Following the Prophet. For example:
3. The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet. -- With the exception of the dead prophet who compiled this list.
4. The prophet will never lead the church astray. -- Four martinis a piece, and we still couldn't come up with a way to improve on that one.