Funny with a chance of chuckles — Mormon Times readers share humorous stories

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 9 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

A 3-year-old boy tells his mom he wants a superhero — Batman — in his family tree. One almost 8-year-old shares a scripture from King Benjamin's address that helps her take a stand on fasting. If orange isn't a Primary color, then is it a different church organization's color? What was in that sacrament bread — jalapeños?

And which Christmas carol includes tithing and a hymn that says "my knees are gray"?

Mormon Times readers — particularly their children and fellow ward members — continue to make us laugh. Several years ago, we asked our readers to share humorous accounts with us, and they delivered some good, clean fun. Here are links to the past stories: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

And the stories just keep coming in.

So here is the fourth installment of humorous stories from Mormon Times readers. If you have your own story to contribute, you can share it on our Facebook page, email it to mormontimes@desnews.com or just post it in the comments below.


To stop my 3-year-old son and his 6-year-old sister from fighting, I was explaining to them that before coming to earth they liked each other so much, they begged Heavenly Father to send them to the same family. My son thought for a moment and then replied, "Actually, Mom, I remember asking to be sent into the Batman's family."

— Susanna Deruvo

When I was serving in Primary, the Primary chorister was teaching the children "The Spirit of God Like a Fire is Burning." She was going through the hymn a line at a time asking the children what each line meant. When she got to "the veil o'er the earth is beginning to burst," the children were totally stumped and no one even had a suggestion. Then one little boy leapt off his chair as he shot up his hand and said, "The ozone layer!"

— Elizabeth Aiton

We lived in Visalia, Calif., when our daughter, Jenny, sang us her version of a Primary song: "My pigeon house I open wide and let the pigeons freeze …"

Our youngest daughter, Saam, got the second verse of a more familiar song a little confused: "I am a child of God, and so my knees are gray …"

She wanted to know if they were gray because of the time we spent in the stake welfare farm, picking grapes.

An 8-year-old boy in our ward was willing to be baptized, but only if he could be the very first one in the font. His reason? He didn't want to be in water that was already filled with an already baptized persons' sins.

Funny? We still remember and think so.

— Sandra Phelps, Salt Lake City

After my husband finished the MBA program at BYU, he received a job offer in Cleveland. While waiting to move into our home in Mentor, Ohio, we stayed in a hotel for a month with our two young sons. It was the first time our boys had been exposed to a television for so long and I guess it made an impression on our youngest son, Jeremy, who was 3 at the time. He would dance around the room and sing, "Book of Mormon stories that my TV tells to me!"

— Jayne Coyne

A few months ago in sacrament meeting, the bishop announced that it was inappropriate to do texting during sacrament meeting. A while later during the same meeting, I noticed one of the bishop's counselors, the one who was conducting, texting during the meeting. When I jokingly asked him afterward why he was texting in view of the bishop's comments, he said that he didn't know who was going to give the closing prayer and had to text the executive secretary (who had made the assignment) to find out who was going to give the closing prayer.

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