Today was the first day of two-hour church (instead of three hours, like we had until now), and since our ward also moved to an earlier meeting time, we are feeling like the day is forever long. I think it will turn out to be a good thing in the long run, but we're still trying to get our bearings, and today that resulted in far too much TV...by which I mean almost two hours total.
It started out well enough. One of the reasons our meetings are shorter is so we can have more time to study the scriptures at home, so that's what we decided to do! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also recently put out a new scripture study manual for Sunday school, and we pulled that out and started studying Matthew 1 and Luke 1. That was going pretty well, and then we decided to take a break. We're still not sure if we want to do the whole lesson on Sundays, or if we want to space it out over the week. And Page had just shown up, so we figured it was a good time to watch some TV.
After browsing the BYUtv app on our fancy new TV, we knew there were some documentaries about the scriptures and stuff, so we looked to see what was available, and they had a whole series of documentaries about the life of Jesus Christ. This was appropriate to the lesson and
relevant to a thing we're doing for work, so we thought it would be great! ...until we realized it might technically count as work, and then we weren't sure. But we really wanted
to watch a documentary, so we decided to do it anyway. ...And then it was kind of ridiculous. So, I don't know if this is the cool new thing in documentaries these days, and I understand that a lot of people get bored with the "talking heads" aspect of documentaries, but as someone who really just wants to hear what the experts have to say, when I see two+ screens of the same person presenting the same information from two (or more!) different angles, I find it a little distracting. And silly, but that might just be me.
The music for the documentary was very soothing, and they didn't really cover anything that we didn't already know from reading Jesus the Christ
(great book, totally would recommend), so we were feeling kind of groggy by the end of it. We needed something a little more upbeat, so we watched an episode of Story Trek. Then Page was settled on my lap, so we watched another episode. I would definitely recommend that show. It, too, feels a little silly, but in a way that we're more compatible with.
And now here we are in a bit of a TV hangover. So we figured we'd update LiveJournal now, so that we can get to bed a little bit sooner tonight. Tadah! And now we must go find other ways to make the Sabbath a delight.
Today I'm thankful for having a slightly better idea of how Singing Time is going to work with the new schedule, having plans to hopefully make it work even better, having a new way to study the New Testament, getting to check out those documentaries, and getting to watch more Story Trek.