Priesthood session traditions: What to do when you have only daughters

By Bill Hill

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, March 26 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

Editor's note: We asked readers to share their food traditions around the priesthood session of general conference. Click here for more about these traditions.

Ice cream has got to be part of every priesthood meeting session gathering in the church, right up there second only to green Jell-O at potluck dinners. I think everybody eats ice cream after this session, fathers and sons going to the session, staying and listening to the talks and then gorging on ice cream. Maybe there is something in the addresses that transacts well with something cold and sweet. I don’t know.

There are fathers and sons and sons and fathers all over doing this thing.

Except me.

I’ve got all daughters. That is the only problem. Well, I shouldn’t say problem — just the condition that I find myself in.

Here’s what I do. I run to the store before priesthood meeting, buy some ice cream and put it in the freezer, go to the session, and then come home and pull out the ice cream and eat it with my wife and daughters.

The only kicker to this whole thing is that my wife and daughters (additionally my mother and my sister) have to grill me every time, and get me to report on the meeting. Who spoke? What did they speak about? Any new announcements? Were there any cute boys in the meetinghouse I attended? I can’t determine if there were any cute boys there, because, really to me, all boys are kind of ugly, but I had better vouch for the speakers and the topics.

I’ve learned to, when asked a tough question from my 13-year-old daughter, stall for time by shoveling a big scoop of ice cream into my mouth. Rule No. 1 in my female-saturated home is “not talking with your mouth full” (which I have broken many a time). This gives me a few seconds to gather some scattered thoughts and bundle them up into something cohesive and spiritually satisfying, for I know my words will be scrutinized when the conference issue appears on the doorstep.

Because of this, I’ve learned to get ice cream that has lots and lots of nuts and bits of stuff to help me buy time. “Moose Tracks” flavor has helped me in some of my more intense interrogations.

So, ice cream is an important tradition, and in connection with ice cream Q&A, I learned early to stay awake better during the meeting, which brings me to the second most important conference tradition to keep me alert — plenty of Tic Tacs.

Bill Hill lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho, with his wife and three daughters. He provides psycho-social rehabilitation to children.

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