Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ethan: John 3:16

A few weeks ago Ethan came home from church with a sticker that informed us he was assigned the scripture for Primary the next week. The scripture was John 3:16, and I think I was more excited about it than Ethan. We started working with him on it that night. He would repeat after us most of the time, but other times he would just say, "You do it!" We worked on it almost every night and Grandma Blackburn worked with him during the day. I had a co-worker with three boys tell me that he could memorize it but I just laughed. How he didn't really know our little Ethan! We worked on me whispering in Ethan's ear and him talking in a normal tone. He was getting really good at that so I thought we were good to go! Chris was going to be out of town that Sunday and asked if we could have someone record it. Since it was going to be in church I didn't really think that was appropriate and told him he would just have to hear about it from me and Ethan! So Saturday night Ethan and I were up for a bit reading books and hanging out when I said, "Hey Ethan, lets practice your scripture!" He just gave me the look and said, "no, you do it!" So I let it be. Then out of nowhere he says into the microphone attached to a book "John 3:16, For God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not PERISH, but have everlasting life!" I sat there amazed, afraid to move, thinking that moving would make him forget. I quickly grabbed the camera and asked him to do it again. His next attempts were not as good as the first, but they get the point across! When it was time to say the scripture in Primary the next day, Ethan confidently walked up to the stand, climbed the stairs and grabbed the microphone to pull it down. Then he looked around the room and very loudly said, "John 3:16." I think it took him by surprise how loud he was and he froze. I whispered "for" and he started it up again in a normal voice. I only had to prompt him about two more times and he got the rest done! When he was done he stepped down and went back to his seat with no look back at his ever proud mother! I went to Sunday School feeling like I had won a "prize." Ethan's teacher missed his scripture so he said it again for the whole class later in their room. I had him call all of his Grandmas and Grandpas and even had him call his Dad, while he drove back into town! It amazes me how Ethan never ceases to surprise us. He really is a smart kid and I have won a wonderful "prize!" I have won the tremendous opportunity of being this sweet little spirits mother! I hope you all enjoy this video as much as we do!

5 comments:

Brandi said...

My goodness, what a smart little boy you got there! Must take after mommy and daddy! You can tell him, that I am very proud of him too. :)

Ashlee Merback said...

WOW!!! What a little smartie pants! I hope he inspired Lukey for when he gets assigned a talk. I am impressed by the child and also by the dedication of the parents. Good work!

tiffunny said...

so cute.

The Williams Family said...

That is just too cute! I missed that, but I have to say, I've been subbing for music the last couple weeks and he is so good! He repeats the words and sings them. I was so impressed when I heard him doing it. I just wish all the sunbeams...including my Logan would be that good.

Heidi said...

That is too cute!! I can just imagine his face when he heard his loud voice booming in the microphone for the 1st time! =)