My 5-year-old son often says and does things that amaze me. Today, for instance, when his 3-year-old sister scratched herself up pretty badly by falling on the cement, he said, “I wish that hadn’t happened to her. I wish it could have been me that had fallen so I would be hurt instead of her.” I was shocked that he would even think to say something like that. Also, in a recent Family Home Evening, I was telling the story of Joseph in Egypt and Potiphar’s wife. We were talking about integrity, so I was planning to only tell the part where Joseph rejects her advances and then runs away. Cameron was quite enthralled by the story, and when I got to the part where Joseph runs away, Cameron said, “Well that’s not good because then when Potiphar comes in, his wife will say he did those bad things anyway.” Jared and I just looked at each other in astonishment, and then I proceeded to tell him that that is exactly what happened.
Another time we were reading the scripture story about Alma and Korihor, which is one of my favorite stories. As I got to the part where Alma points out all of the things that testify of Christ, Cameron interrupted and said, “Oh, I remember this! He says that the earth and the planets and the stars and everything show that Jesus is real!”
So where did this kid come from? It actually scares me sometimes to think that such an amazing, intelligent spirit was sent to me to raise. I mean really, of all people! I know about a thousand people out there who could do a better job of raising him than I can. But then I remember that the Lord must have faith in me or he would not have sent this amazing little soul to me. That always gives me reassurance and hope that Heavenly Father will help me as I strive to help him achieve his potential.