Pause script?

Hi. I have some actionscript for a button to do several things. Here is the function:

function homeAboutClick() {
_root.home.gotoAndPlay (“clear_home”);
_root.nav.gotoAndPlay (“go_main”);
_root.al_text.load (“text1”);
_root.al_content.load (“about_mc”);

The problem is that in order to execute the load actions it has to gotoAndPlay (“clear_home”); and play about 40 frames before the al_text and al_content are available to have anything loaded into them. In other words, the script tells it to load something before the “container” is on the timeline/stage. Any suggestions as how to remedy this? My instinct is to somehow tell the script to pause before completing the last two commands, but I’m open to other suggestions. Thanks!