“I love how they all do that when they are done with the speech, you know? That thing they say at the end every time?” This was to me by my non-Mormon friend after she had just attended a Mormon funeral. I was a bit perplexed about what she was talking about.
Then it came to me. “You mean… ‘in the name of Jesus Christ, amen’?”
“Yes!” she said emphatically, passionately and with a devoutness not common to her manner of speaking. “It really sounds sweet…but it means something more, ya know? I can tell. I means something. I like that. A lot. The rest of the talking was just….whatever… but that ending part…. I really like that.”
“Yes…” I said, somewhat vaguely. I had never thought about the way we, as Latter-day Saints, close speaking assignments and prayers up until that moment. I’ve heard people discuss how to begin prayers, from the traditional “Heavenly Father,” to the more progressive “Heavenly Parents,” or “Heavenly Mother,” and even to “God, the father of Abraham,” all pending social, traditional, personal and political influences. I’ve often heard people stumped over how to start a speaking assignment. But no matter the start, the end-speak cadence is always the same: “In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
I pondered this in consideration of the Visiting Teaching message from General Conference.Read More