My Relief Society is implementing a weekly “spotlight” so we can get to know each other a little better. The questions, emailed in advance to the featured sister, are as follows:
1) What’s your family nickname?
2) What’s your favorite food?
3) What’s your favorite color?
4) Where have you lived?
6) When did you come to know that the Church is true?
7) What calling have you had that blessed you the most?
8) What’s your favorite scripture?
9) What are your hobbies?
10) What’s a goal you have set for yourself?
Aside from numbers 5 and 7, they’re all questions you would ask of Primary children in a similar scenario. If we’re going to do this exercise, why not make the questions a bit more thought-provoking? Surface-level prompts like the above will do little toward helping us connect with our sisters. (I just can’t imagine anyone seeking out the Spotlightee after the Relief Society lesson and exclaiming, “No way!? I love Mexican food, too!!”)
I understand wanting to steer clear of potentially fraught or too-personal topics, but surely there must be some middle ground between “What’s the most emotional, heart-wrenching thing you’ve ever experienced? Please describe it in great detail” and “What’s your favorite color?” (favorite color!)
- If you could meet any female historical figure, who would you choose?
- If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
- What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
- What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
- If you could choose your next calling, what would you pick and why?
- Outline the perfect day in ten words or less.
- If you could time-travel, when and where would you go first?
- Do you consider yourself more introverted or extroverted?
- Aside from scripture, what book has influenced you the most?
- If you could instantly master one skill, what would it be?
I would have magnified the crap out of this task, is what I’m saying.
…What’s that? Why yes, it would be fun to hijack this post with a list of unusable subversive questions, too! Unusable subversive questions such as:
- Net or gross?
- What’s your favorite way to spend Stake Conference Sunday?
- What do you personally do, on a daily basis, to defend The Family?
And that’s as far as I got because Steven Peck came along and in five minutes eclipsed anything I could have ever come up with in a hundred years of brainstorming. This post belongs to him, now.
1) Who is your favorite character in literature? Suppose you had to dress like them for a year. Would you like that?
2) Imagine you lose your memory and are recruited for a year of international intrigue. Who from the ward would you pick as your romantic partner before your memories were restored and life returned to normal? (Bishop keep an eye on these answers!)
3) Suppose an angel directed you to kill a ward member’s dog. Who would you choose and how would you do it?
4) Describe your daily work as a short Klingon play that does not in any way refer to what you do for a living.
5) Imagine an evil dictator takes over and picks random people to be executed on TV, but the person chosen gets to pick the means. What would you choose? (Remember this is to be a spectacle so use your imagination!)
6) Suppose you were assigned to pick a book for someone about to be trapped on an island for a year, someone from the ward that you really don’t like. What book would you choose?
7) What is your least favorite idea from Freud? Why do you think you picked that? Does that imply anything about the way you were raised? Why do you suppose you are hesitating in answering this question?
8) Who is your favorite anchor on Fox News?
9) What is your favorite color (if you are a woman) and football team (if you are a man)?
10) What is one idea you learned in seminary that you think may be wrong? What would you correct it with? Who do you think could really correct it? Why do you think it hasn’t been corrected yet?
You are high in the mountains with a broken leg and without a fire on bitter winter night. As the physicist you were with departs to go get help, she tells you that given thermodynamic considerations she has calculated there are only two ways you will live to see the dawn: 1) To cut up and crawl into the grossly bloated rotting carcass of a nearby buffalo, or 2) to drink the contents of a thermos she brought full of coffee, whiskey, and tea. It also contains a poison that will require drinking this concoction for one year. Which do you choose?