When I was a teenager I was always counseled because I have a speech impediment. I have a real hard time with R's. It was a nightmare giving talks. The school overseer was always giving me a W and telling me to tape record myself and listen to where I was pronouncing words wrong. He did this from the stage. As a teenager I just wanted to die.
As I became an adult no one really said anything about my speech to me, most people just thought it was an accent and never said much, in fact some people think the way I speak is neat.
I was raised on the West Coast and when we went to Bethel I fit right in with the East Coasters. Now when people ask where my accent is from I just tell them I lived in Brooklyn for a while and they say 'oh that explains it or some think I am from London.
The whole thing really affected my self esteem though as a teenager, I was in speech class at school, I knew the tape recording thing already the looking in a mirror, etc I did not need to told it from the platform at the KH. The kids at school especially when I was in grade school were unmerciful in taunting me over it but they were kids being kids. But come on adult men doing the same thing from the stage. What were they thinking?
Now fast forward there is a new DO and guess what he cannot say his R's. He has the same impediment I have. He gave his life experience and he was a CO when I was born. So while the elders were making me feel horrible this CO with the same impediment was giving public talks.
You got to love this religion.