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You Know You're Getting Older When These 10 Things Happen at Church

We have lived in the same ward practically our whole married life (38 years), and although I have to acknowledge it chronologically, it’s still hard for me to accept the fact that we are one of the “older couples” now. I just don’t feel that much different! But there are definitely signs throughout my current church experience that remind me things have changed and I am aging. Here are a few ways to tell if you’re in the same boat:

1. You realize with dawning horror that the young newlywed couples moving into your ward are closer to your kids’ age than to yours.


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2. The subtle changes in the 1985 hymnbook still throw you.


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You always have to remind yourself to sing “Who unto the Savior” instead of “You who unto Jesus” in “How Firm a Foundation.” To say nothing of “To God each good work will be known” instead of the more judgmental lyrics of former years: “The world has no use for the drone.”


3. One of the requirements for your Primary graduation was to name all the temples in the Church.


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4. You used to wish people would lighten up about kids making noise in sacrament meeting; now you wish parents would take their noisy kids out of sacrament meeting.


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5. The 1:00 to 4:00 meeting schedule really cuts into your nap time.

 

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6. You practically need a roller-bag to tote your large-print scriptures to Gospel Doctrine class.


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7. A call to serve in the nursery sounds like a lot more fun than it did when you were a young mother, but now you don’t have the knees for it.


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8. You remember attending dime-a-dip dinners and Relief Society bazaars staged to raise money for the ward budget or the building fund.


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9. You find yourself wondering when they started sending 12-year-olds on missions. 


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10. You will pay tithing with a paper check in a gray envelope until the day you die.

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Emily Watts is the author of I Hate It When Exercise Is the Answer, Confessions of an Unbalanced Woman, and The Slow Ripening: Fruits of Mothering. Now available at Deseret Book and deseretbook.com

Emily is also a presenter at TOFW: Time Out for Women events. You can see her in Lethbridge, Alberta on May 6-7, and other TOFW events this fall