One of the things he mentioned, which I thought was of utmost importance, was that when we become angry in response to a stimuli, it is a choice. It is a reaction we choose, when we could just as well choose another way. It was an excellent talk, and I'm sure many other members of the congregation paid attention and were inspired by it as well. One thing about church however, at least sacrament meeting, in which, in a Mormon church, the entire family is in attendance, is that most of the talks are geared towards the adults in the congregation. During the second and third hours of church, the children and teenagers receive individualized instruction according to their ages and genders, but sacrament meeting can be, shall we say, a challenging time for the young people.
Moving forward two weeks...
The 13-year-old boy...
(Yes, he often has this crazed look on this face when being photographed.)
...had initiated a conversation with me about how I should let him off restriction for a few hours because he had been on restriction for so long, due to events we shall not discuss here. He kept nagging and nagging and arguing and arguing so incessantly about the merits of allowing him to play his John Madden football game, that I finally said, "13-year-old boy, you need to stop nagging me. You are really starting to make me angry."
His response..."Mom, anger is a choice. You don't have to get angry. You are choosing to get angry."
With that, I couldn't help but break into a huge smile, and said, "So you actually listened in church to Daddy John's talk on Sunday, huh?"
"Of course I did," he replied, with an equally huge smile on his face.
The 13-year-old boy reminded of a valuable lesson that day about choices and how we can choose our response when it comes to unpleasant circumstances. Thanks, 13-year-old boy. :)
I still didn't let him play John Madden, though. Thanks for listening.