Hi guys. How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good. I spent a lot of it procrastinating, and pretending like I didn't have a talk to prepare. It totally recommend this method.
Let me explain. In my church, there isn't a pastor who gives sermons every Sunday. Instead, the Bishop asks different people from the congregation to prepare talks on various subjects, such as scriptures, and family. There are usually 2-3 speakers every Sunday, and the talks are about 15-20 minutes long. Mine was on Temples.
You can say no, of course. They aren't gonna force you to do it if you really don't want to. But even though public speaking from a pulpit isn't exactly on list of favorite things to do, I decided to go for it.
I had plenty of time to prepare. I was asked over a month ago. I could have been ready and practicing weeks ago.
But you know me better than that.
I got up at 6:30am on Sunday to write it. And suddenly my weekend of procrastination didn't seem so awesome.
At church I was so nervous. My hands were shaking and my heart was pounding, and my mouth felt as dry as cotton. I stood up and stared out over the faces of the congregation, and was thankful that half of them seemed preoccupied with fussy babies and energetic toddlers.
I lost my place a few times, and I couldn't stop waving my hands around. But overall, I think it went well.
Afterward people were saying things like "Fantastic" "Best talk I've ever heard!" and "So when are you speaking at General Conference?"
I guess they liked it.
I'm just glad it's over.