Don’t Forget to Register for the Exponent II Retreat or Eat Your Heart Out, Sammy Davis

A reminder to sign up for the Exponent II retreat. Preparations are well underway, and this promises to be a great one!

September 26 (Friday) to September 28 (Sunday)
Friendly Crossings
Harvard, Massachusetts

We have a new location, intriguing workshops, and the sisterhood of EXII–what more could one ask for? Did you say online registration and payment?

And, if that’s not enough to entice you, read associate editor, Heather Sundahl’s description of Saturday night at the retreat, lifted from her personal blog.

Eat Your Heart Out, Sammy Davis!

A woman is our ward has started a kids’ choir and Georgia has joined. She’s delighted that this Monday they’ll perform at a nursing home. The song she likes the best and keeps singing is “Candy Man.” But I drive her crazy because I can’t sing the right words anymore.

This is because every year at the Exponent Retreat they have a talent show, and what is my talent? To make fun of things of course. And even though I barely hum the hymns in church, so untrained is my voice, I belt out wacky songs that I’ve rewritten. The first one I did was a Mormon Brady Bunch (“It’s a story of a special lady, who was bringing up 3 very special girls. All of them read the Book o Mormon like their mother, the D&C and the Pearl…”). Think of the primary song “I love to see the temple” and instead imagine 6 women singing “I love to nurse my baby” as they fling breast pads (courtesy of Denise) into the audience. Or perhaps you might enjoy my twist on the Sunbeam song: “Jesus wants me to take Prozac so I don’t flip my lid!” I can’t in good conscience publish the lyrics to “Called to Serve” without offending lots of people, so email me privately if you really must know.

Last year The Red Hot Mamas (as we are known), consisting of Coco, Rachel, & Jen W sang my version of “Candy Man” that I spun into a tribute to Mormon cooking. It’s hard to picture without all the props (I lied to my farmer/neighbor to get a giant zucchini, used for verse 4–phallic imagery is a staple of mine). We also had flower shaped jello molds, groovy aprons, and baby marshmellows. Here are the lyrics:

Alright everybody gather ’round
The Mormon Mom is here
What kind of Meal do you want
Tuna Casserole?
Carob chip cookies?
Rice Crispy Treats?
Anything you want
You’ve come to the right gal
‘Cause I’m the Mormon Mom!

Who can take some jello
Pour it in a mold
Add marshmallows and shredded carrots when it’s cold
The Mormon Mom
The Mormon Mom can
The Mormon Mom can
‘Cause she uses recipes
From the Ward Cookbook

Who can take some Tuna
Add cream of mushroom soup
Put in raman noodles and heat it into goop
The Mormon Mom
Oh, the Mormon Mom can
The Mormon Mom can
Cause she buys it all in bulk
For the millenium

The Mormon makes everything she bakes
Economical and nutritious
Talk about the loaves and fishes
She fulfills all our food storage wishes

Who can take some icemilk
Add Homemade rootbeer
Include a bendy straw to make the kids all cheer
The Mormon Mom
The Mormon Mom can
The Mormon Mom can’
Cause she wants a wholesome treat
At the Pioneer Parade

The Mormon makes everything she bakes
Economical and nutritious
Talk about the loaves and the fishes
She fulfills all our food storage wishes

Who can take zucchini
Cover it with cheese
Sprinkle it with cornflakes and paprika if you please
The Mormon Mom
Oh, the Mormon Mom can
The Mormon Mom can
‘Cause she grew it all herself
In her own backyard

Yes, the Mormon can
‘Cause she mixes it with love
And makes the world taste good
A-Mormon Mom, a Mormon Mom

It was hysterical. We even peed our pants a little before we went “on stage.” Yes, the Red Hot Mamas are incontinent. My point is, Georgia keeps getting mad at me when I join in as she practices, singing about soup and food storage and corn flakes. Try as I might, I can’t go back to the original version.

The biggest draw back to this annual mockery is that some part of me is always hearing alternate versions to songs. Call it the Weird Al syndrome. It’s all fine and dandy until the opening hymn is “Hold to the Rod” and I’m tee-heeing so hard that I’m in danger of soaking the pew. The Retreat is only 4 months away. If anyone has any good suggestions, please, let me know!!!!

EmilyCC lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her spouse and three children. She currently serves as a stake Just Serve specialists, and she recently returned to school to become a nurse. She is a former editor of Exponent II and a founding blogger at The Exponent.


  1. How about posting some details of who the speakers are? I recognize most of the names, but would be hard-pressed to come up with enough about them to convince a friend to come with me. (And won’t be coming this year, but am making a concerted effort to come in 2009.

  2. hey, i was asked 2 panel discuss race & the temple images. Any idea of when I’m scheduled? Kristal Williams will be joining me.

  3. Oops, I should check the comment sidebar more often. Questions about the retreat are best directed to: [email protected]

    The bloggers just get to go and enjoy the retreat–we don’t know anymore than the other participants.

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