Monday, September 21, 2009


We have a new ward (church congregation, if any of y'all aren't hip to the LDS lingo. Which is cool).

We love our new ward.

Our new ward meets at 8:00 AM.

We do not love that our new ward meets at 8:00 AM.

Dallin thought he would love it. I thought it might be nice.

I was wrong. And so he was wrong. Because if I'm not happy, he's not happy. And I have made it quite clear that it is very difficult for me to be happy at 8:00 AM.

Ok but seriously. Lots of people claim to really love the early church thing. And hey, I'm sure some people actually do love it.

But you know what? I feel like a lot of people "love" the early church thing because it "gets church over with." No one will ever say that to you, of course. They'll say, "Oh, I love having church early! It just gives you the rest of the day to...." and then they kind of trail off to leave you wondering about how they spend the rest of their day when pesky church is "over and done with."

Not that everyone feels that way. I mean, maybe no one does. Maybe I just dislike early church so much that I can't imagine anyone genuinely liking it.

I can see how it could be an excellent start to your day...

but not if you're just so crazy tired (possibly from not being able to really sleep? Not that I currently have this problem) that you can't really focus on the meetings/lessons.

And not if having that "tired start" makes it so you don't want to do anything when you get home besides crash for an abnormal number of hours, making the rest of the day all but completely wasted.

And not if the early morningness makes you be unjustly cranky to your husband, which hurts his feelings, which hurts your feelings, which makes you cry.

Simply stated: Early church makes me very tired. Tiredness makes me unfocused, lazy, and something akin, in manner and sound, to a witch.

It's not like it's physically impossible for me to get up early. I really can get up early if I need/want to. (Shush, Dallin, dear.) And it's not like I'm going to stop going to church because it's too early. That would be quite the waste of the past 1,100 (give or take) Sundays of my life.

But really, I'll be glad when it's January and our schedule changes. Sundays are too important to not be enjoyed.

Thank you. That is all.


  1. we have church at 8 in the morning as well. I love it sometimes...and hate it. I think 9 would be perfect. I have found that the days where I have really is the perfect start to the day. However it is difficult to give a lesson that early...which is sad.

  2. I hated anything before noon when I was pregnant. Totally with you on this one. After having Logan, I LOVE earlier church. The mornings are his happiest time of day so I feel like I don't miss as much church. Ours is at 11 now and he usually does well for sacrament and thats it so Trent or I have to take him out sometimes when he's fussy. But until him, I really did not like morning church at all. Maybe your mind will change when your little man comes out? Or maybe you will get lucky and he will be happier in the afternoons. :-)

  3. I like early morning church, especially now that I'm a mom. Having a cranky child during sacrament is not fun. Having it in the morning is good b/c by the time you get home it's nap time and then while the kids are sleeping you can enjoy your sunday. :)

  4. My ward begged our Bishop to convince the stake president to let us switch to an earlier church this past January! We had 2pm church for almost 2 1/2 years and I hated it! I'm not a morning person but I am so thankful we have 8:30a church (at least until we move into our new stake center!)!

  5. We miss you guys! Good luck with the early mornings.

  6. Bummer! Even with kids, and waking up early, 8:00 is still too early. I sympathize with you.

    Cid was just telling me that you're in the same ward as the other Elmers. What a small world! You'll like them, they're a cool family.


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