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The Autobiography of a Maori

Toffee and Prayers

Toffee and Prayers

Before a Mormon elder came to stay with us, he had gained quite a name among our neighbour's children for toffee-making. One evening, before he took prayers, he had put the frying-pan, with the mixture in it on the stove and by the time prayers were over, the toffee had been burnt and spoilt. The next evening the same process was repeated but while the elder was saying the prayers, he thought of the toffee, stopped, stood up, got hold of the handle of the frying-pan, shook it vigorously and asked, "Would God mind, page 135do you think?" And, while still shaking the handle, he answered his own question, "I don't think He would mind." Then he resumed his prayers while his audience giggled.