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.

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4 thoughts on “A Life of Great Potential

  1. Cam is such a smart little cookie!!! And I also think a lot of it has to do with their age. I know Nathan remembers things that I never expect but he also knows things that I don’t think I’ve taught him so I know it comes from somewhere . . . . .

    Thanks again for inviting us to the Olympics :). Nathan had a really fun time and we wouldn’t have gone if it wasn’t for you!

  2. I’m so glad you came! It was fun to hang out, especially since it seems like ages since we’ve done anything together.

    I think our kids remember the things we get excited about. Because I do really like that story, I probably told it with a lot more excitement and emotion in my voice.

  3. There are times when I catch glimpses of who my children have the capacity to become. It takes my breath away and terrifies me at the same time because I worry about falling short. It helps me a lot to realize that I’m not doing this on my own and that the Atonement covers not just my sins but my weaknesses and failings too.
    And I don’t think anyone else could raise your kids any better than you are because no one else loves them the way you do. A mother’s love is irreplaceable. You’re doing a wonderful job!

  4. Hmm, you’ve got a point there. That love thing is pretty important and is what causes me to always try to do better, even when I do fall short. What a wonderful thing to know that the Atonement makes up for ALL of our shortcomings, not just our sins.

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