Okay, we're in this new branch (though it will probably be a ward by the end of this year at the rate we're going). While there are a lot of new members, I'd say about 2/3 of the branch have been members for a while. However, it seems like some of those just don't bother to do the right thing. For instance, both the opening and closing prayers in our sacrament meeting this past week were given by brothers who have been members of this branch for years, yet throughout both prayers, familiar terms (you, your, etc. vs. thee, thine, thy, etc...) were used quite often. I thought I was listening to a Baptist prayer! Now, I totally understand that newer members might not know that we shouldn't use the familiar terms and that doesn't bother. What does bother me is that these two ought to know better. I suspect they DO know better yet they're just doing it that way because they want to do it that way. Am I just being too nit-picky here?
By the way, that brother who I feel was too familiar with me that first Sunday there (he hugged me instead shaking my outstretched hand and I'd never met the man before...) continues to try to make what I feel is too-close contact. This past Sunday, I was sitting in the pew waiting for my husband to come sit by me and I had my arm outstretched along the back of the pew just waiting for my beloved. As I was sitting there, I feel a hand on my shoulder and then that hand ran down my arm a bit and patted it. I turn around expecting to see my husband and I saw this other guy. The meeting was just getting started so I didn't feel like I should be saying anything. However, if he tries anything like that again, I've got to say something! What do I say? The thought that came to my mind was to say something like, "I would prefer if you would just shake my hand when you greet me." I don't know. His wife already doesn't like me; she's the self-appointed matriarch of the branch (they've been here something like 40 years and she's thinks she's just IT!) and she teaches the Gospel Doctrine class. She said something in class that wasn't correct and I corrected her. I did it in a civil manner, but apparently one is not supposed to correct her (according to her anyway) judging by her reaction to me ever since then. I prefer to be on good terms with all my fellow ward/branch members, and so I am somewhat bothered by this, but I'm not so bothered that I'm sorry I corrected her. Anyway...any suggestions from anyone? Thanks for listening to my gripe session... Heidi the fair Heidi Page [EMAIL PROTECTED] [Non-text portions of this message have been removed] ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^================================================================ This email was sent to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] TOPICA - Start your own email discussion group. FREE! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/create/index2.html ==^================================================================