Last month, the Bubbers King took me by surprise when he asked to bear his testimony in church. It was the first Sunday in June, which meant our Sacrament Meeting was open for people to come forward and share their testimonies.
Partway through the meeting, I decided to share mine. I was sitting alone with the Bubbers King (Charming was pushing the Scooter-man to sleep in the halls), so I explained to him that we were going to go up to the front and I was going to say my testimony.
He was so good and sat reverently up front while I shared what was in my heart. Then I finished and went to him. I started to steer us off the stage when Bubbers looked up and asked, “Can I bear my testimony?”
I stopped short. And didn’t know what to do.
Finally, I decided an impromptu testimony was better than telling him no.
So, I helped him up to the microphone and waited to see what would happen. This was a brand new experience for both of us!
The Bubbers King smiled at the audience. And giggled.
I quickly realized that my expectation for a miraculously eloquent testimony from my unprepared 3-year-old wasn’t quite… realistic. :)
So I leaned in and whispered a few words to him from the top of my head.
“Hi,” he smiled. “I love my family.”
Then he listened to more of my whisperings and then whispered himself, “In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
Later on during church, a friend smiled at me and said, “That was so sweet–his first testimony!”
In the confusion of it all, I hadn’t stopped to think about that and it made me smile. The only thing that would have made it better was if he had said the words by himself.
And wouldn’t you know.
Tonight he did!
We had a Family Home Evening lesson on the 7th Article of Faith:
We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
We looked at different pictures illustrating each of the gifts and took turns discussing them. One of the pictures Bubbers explained was the First Vision–when Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
We had a wonderful time together. Then it was time to close with a testimony and prayer.
I took a breath to begin sharing my testimony when Bubbers suddenly asked, “Can I bear my testimony?”
Charming and I looked at each other in surprise. Then we smiled.
“Yes, of course you can!”
Bubbers smiled with pleasure and then looked down. Quietly, he began, “I believe that Joseph Smith… saw… a miracle.”
Charming and I looked at each other and smiled. Our eyes bursting with joy and pride.
“Good job!” Charming said softly, rubbing his young son’s back.
I added my praise and helped him close in the name of the Savior. Then I wrapped my arms around him and said our closing prayer. So grateful for our dear, sweet, spiritual son.