Every night we read scriptures with the boys. We usually read a column a night since their attention spans can't take much more yet. It is really fun to explain the stories with the boys and have them learn about the different prophets and hear their testimonies.
A few nights ago we were reading about Alma and Amulek teaching about our spirits and our bodies and how the Atonement saves us not only from physical death, but also from spiritual death if we repent.
Tyson and I try really hard to keep things spiritual, but with four little boys, things don't usually go down like that. Tyson is also really great at helping the boys understand and apply the scriptures to themselves. So this is kind of how the conversation was going:
Tyson: "Okay guys, how many times can we die?"
Older boys: "2!"
Matthew: "Oh, yeah, 2!"
Tyson: "And what are those ways?"
Older boys: "Our body and our spirit."
Tyson: "Good, and what are some ways our bodies can die?"
Well the boys LOVE this question because well, they are boys, and therefore horribly gruesome. I guess it is just born in them. Their usual answers have been, "poked with swords," "drowning," "burned alive," you know stuff like that. Well during this whole scripture reading time, Andrew was surprisingly quiet and it was because he had found the iPad and was pushing the on and off button over and over again. It is mostly because he loves to hear Siri's voice. Well, he had pushed down on the button and it was recording what was being said, and it just happened to be for Tyson's last question. So before any of the boys could give their horrific answers, Siri says:
"Oh, that is a great questions, here are some ways our bodies can die."
It was great to have Siri join our scripture reading experience, too. :)
Then a few minutes later, we were talking about the Garden of Eden.
Tyson: "Who was in the garden of Eden?"
Caleb: "Oh, I know! Some guy..."
Tyson: "Well, there was Adam and Eve (and then of course because Tyson has to add in something funny) and Steve."
Caleb: "Oh yeah, Steve, that is his name."
Tyson: "Caleb, who is Steve?"
Caleb: "You know, the snake."
We sadly had to explain that the snake was actually Satan, but we thought calling him Steve was funnier. So just so you know, Adam, Eve and Steve were all there in the beginning.
Scripture reading may someday be spiritual and a great learning place for our kids and us, but for now we are just striving for consistency. And hopefully the good stuff sinks in to their little spirits. It can be really funny, really frustrating and such a blessing to have this time as a family. You should try it out, great memories are made. :)
Siri "here are some ways our bodies can die:"
Adam and Eve and was Steve in the garden too? Yes! He was? He was the snake!