I love that in the beginning, there were words.
Let there be light.
I love that Moses was worried about how bad he was at speaking in general, let alone public speaking.
And spoke anyway.
Esther talked to the king, knowing it could kill her. (Spoiler: it didn’t). King Benjamin held General Conference from a tower, speaking to people listening in tents. Samuel the Lamanite called the Nephites to repentance, people of Nephi did the same to Lamanites. Amen is said at the end of prayer. God allowed a donkey to speak – actual words! – to a prophet, to tell him about an angel (and other things).
Sometimes I’m not sure my mouth and brain realise that they should be working together. I don’t have the skill of easily chatting to people. Usually I know that I should say something but my brain freezes on what to say, or my mouth rambles or swallows the words.
“Are you doing okay?”
“Can I help you?”
“That’s a great skirt.”
“I need help.”
“I haven’t seen you for a while, what’s going on?”
All words, and they’re all important.
I’m not like Alma – I definitely do NOT want to speak with the voice of “that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!” But I do want to help people, and sometimes the only way I can do that is with my words.
Maybe a quick text message, or 2 sentence email.
Or a scribbled note. Or beginning by sitting or standing near someone and opening my mouth.
Sometimes my words come out awkward, full of ums and wells and clunky silences. Sometimes my mouth can’t say what my heart is feeling. Sometimes I don’t know what I’m meant to say.
Sometimes just saying something is what’s important.
“My name’s Kellie, pleased to meet you.”
“Would you like to borrow a pen?”
“Are you new here?”
“Can I help?”
“What are you reading?”
“How was your day?”
“I need a hug.”
“Would you prefer a kitten the size of a horse, or a dragon the size of a mouse?”
Getting a conversation started can be awkward. And that’s okay. Excellent, even, because you’ve started. And from that chaos, like in the very beginning of the universe, can come understanding, galaxies, unexpected beauties and learning. We just have to start the words.
Let there be light.
(And maybe a question about dragons).