The Sounds of Mormon
I miss the expansive sky and impressive sunsets. I miss the smell of farmed earth. And lately I’ve been missing the sounds of summer: the high call of a killdeer or the certain way dry air blows in the trees at night. Most of all, I miss the sound of sprinklers in the fields. Here in Northern Virginia (where I live now), it rains, so there is no need for sprinklers. But in Idaho that steady ch, ch, ch, ch sound of the large sprinklers gives me a feeling of peace.
And, as today is Sunday, I’m thinking of sounds of church and worship and being Mormon. Below is the “sounds of Mormon” I compiled in Sacrament Meeting today. They all make me smile.
- The zip-zip-zip of scriptures closing at end of Sunday School.
- The clunk-clunk-clunk of chairs being folded and set against the wall after RS when you’re the last ward in the building.
- The clink and clank of chairs being quickly and neatly stacked after EVERY church activity.
- The twak-twak of a basket ball dribbled on the gym floor whenever there is a boy (old or young) in the church building. (And it’s not Sunday, of course.)
- The quiet water that runs in the (poorly stocked) church kitchen as members wash dishes after a funeral.
- The gushing water as the baptismal font fills.
- The strange echoing sound in all church bathrooms (why is that?).
- The screech of microphone feedback, which always seems to accompany every MC at any road show.
- The cracking voice of a new priest blessing the sacrament.
- The click-click-click of small sacrament cups dropping back into the tray.
- The Elder belting out “we’re going to the mountains of Ephraim to dwell” … heard through the dividing wall during Relief Society.
- The swish of polyester in the temple halls.
- The almost silent tinkling of the chandeliers in the Celestial Room of the Washington DC Temple.
What are your favorite “sounds of Mormon”?