Overheard in the Valiant 11-12 class today

December 7, 2008    By: Geoff J @ 2:37 pm   Category: Life,Mormon Culture/Practices

Teacher: “So the Brother of Jared saw the finger of the Lord”

Boy #1: “Did he pull it?”

Boy #2 (pensively): “That would have, like, destroyed a mountain”

(Seriously — I was there)


  1. That is the funniest thing I’ve heard all day. And I’ve heard some pretty funny things today.

    Comment by Craig Atkinson — December 7, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

  2. Seriously, 12 year olds are hopeless. You know how you are automatically saved if you die before 8? Sometimes I wonder if there is also a window of automatic destruction if you die between, say, 11 and 14.

    Comment by Jacob J — December 7, 2008 @ 3:59 pm

  3. Ah, the joys of teaching primary. You should totally submit that to Overheard in the Ward.

    Comment by Keri Brooks — December 7, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

  4. Please tell me my son wasn’t “Boy 1” or “Boy 2.”

    Comment by Sheila — December 7, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

  5. It actually was not your boy in this case Sheila.

    I have been laughing about the comment that kid made all day though. Pulling the Finger of God… Come on! That’s comedy genius right there.

    Comment by Geoff J — December 7, 2008 @ 8:31 pm

  6. For the brother of Jared said unto the mountain Zerin, Remove—and it was removed. And if he had not had faith it would not have moved; wherefore thou workest after men have faith.
    –Ether 12:30
    Now it all makes sense.

    Comment by Co-conspirator — December 7, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

  7. har!

    Comment by Geoff J — December 7, 2008 @ 8:39 pm

  8. I agree with Keri. You should totally submit that to Overheard In The Ward. I’m sure they would post it right away.

    Comment by Richard — December 7, 2008 @ 8:55 pm

  9. Co-conspirator: ROTFL!

    Comment by Charmaine — December 7, 2008 @ 10:24 pm

  10. Me to husband: Ha!! You have to hear this! This guy was teaching Valiant 11-12, and he says “So the Brother of Jared saw the finger of the Lord.” Then a boy in the class says…”

    Husband interjects: “Did he pull it?”

    [longsuffering sigh….]

    Comment by Cynthia L. — December 7, 2008 @ 10:53 pm

  11. Geoff, just think. In another year or two, you might be that kid’s scoutmaster. Pretty scary, huh?

    Comment by Mark Brown — December 8, 2008 @ 4:52 am

  12. My valiants decided that the secret sign used by the Gadiantion robbers to identify themselves to each other was the “looser” sign. (Forefinger and thumb formed to make an L, then placed on the forehead.)

    Comment by Floyd the Wonderdog — December 8, 2008 @ 5:17 am

  13. loser.

    Why in the world do people keep adding an “o” to the word “lose”???? It’s like the new bloggernacle spelling.
    …going back to bed now.

    Comment by Bored in Vernal — December 8, 2008 @ 5:44 am

  14. haha, valiant 12 boys are so funny…

    especially at a distance.

    I was such an absurdly earnest substitute teacher, I don’t think I would have gotten the “pull the finger” comment.

    Comment by Johnna Cornett — December 8, 2008 @ 7:53 am

  15. BIV, don’t be such a looser, loosing all your correct spelling all over us.

    Geoff: when I taught Valiant 11, I had a boy who basically only used the word bacon in class, as in every question was answered with this word, every comment, every song’s lyrics were altered, etc.

    I thought I’d lost my mind for a while there.

    Comment by Matt W. — December 8, 2008 @ 9:13 am

  16. bacon, the new marklar.

    Comment by Jacob J — December 8, 2008 @ 10:01 am

  17. Posted. Thanks Geoff for submitting it to Overheard In The Ward. We’ve got it up and it’s getting a ton of hits.

    Overheard In The Ward

    Comment by Overheard In The Ward — December 8, 2008 @ 10:38 am

  18. Overheard,

    Could you supply a link over to your site? I’m having trouble finding it.

    Comment by Jacob J — December 8, 2008 @ 10:48 am

  19. Hehehe…

    Niiiice Jacob.

    Comment by Geoff J — December 8, 2008 @ 10:51 am

  20. @Jacob What do you expect from a marketing guy? :D

    Comment by Overheard In The Ward — December 8, 2008 @ 1:14 pm

  21. I have to say…

    Although inwardly I would be laughing… those two boys would probably get a thoroughly old-school lecture from me making it absolutely clear that what they said was not funny and that this is God we are talking about and to never disrespect God like that again in my classroom.

    Sorry, but this is just plain making light of sacred things, and the boys need the hammer dropped on them, hard. Another infraction and I would be escorting them after primary to find their parents and giving a full explanation.

    Grrr…. snarl.

    And yes, inwardly, I would find it rather funny. Shame on me.

    Comment by Seth R. — December 15, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

  22. And thus we can see the inspiration in me being in that calling and not you Seth. I chuckled. I’m pretty sure God would have too. (Or perhaps I should speculate that God chuckled along with us.)

    Comment by Geoff J — December 15, 2008 @ 7:12 pm

  23. If I had been the teacher I would have called a she bear from the wilderness to devour the boys.

    Comment by BrianJ — December 15, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

  24. lol!

    Comment by Geoff J — December 15, 2008 @ 11:18 pm

  25. How do you know I’m not in that calling Geoff?

    Comment by Seth R. — December 16, 2008 @ 2:14 pm

  26. Well mostly because you are not in my ward I suppose. Plus I would have seen you in there… (grin)

    Comment by Geoff J — December 16, 2008 @ 2:16 pm