The kids did a great job on their talks even though there was much weeping and wailing around here when we told them they had to speak in church. They all looked up from their talks a couple of times, must have been Eric's coaching, and Eric and I spoke long enough to fill up the remainder of the time, which I think the bishopric hopes for whenever they schedule speakers. Our topic was on being better disciples of Jesus Christ. Even though giving talks isn't easy I enjoy preparing for them in that it gives me a chance to research and learn more about the gospel and my testimony. And our kids are quickly learning, as most LDS kids do, that public speaking isn't something to fear. Or at least if they fear it they are learning that they can do it and do it well if they practice and put personal experience and feeling into their message.
After sacrament meeting we went to primary where Massimo was assigned to speak. He learned the story of Jonah from his teachers a few months ago and he really wanted to talk about that so we worked it in. He ended up repeating about half of the words I told him to say. So he has some things to learn but at least he got up there and smiled and spoke into the microphone.