I don't know why I feel so emotional looking at these pictures of him. I snapped them the other day while we were playing in Annalise's room. She didn't want to get out of her crib so we were all just chilling in there with her. He came in with his little minecraft journal, wearing his minecraft shirt. And he sat there looking all cute and writing in his little journal. He is just getting so big. The memories of him being little are so far away. They seem to have happened so long ago. It makes me feel a little like I want to cry.
Okay, fine, I am crying.
Last night we were reading from the Book of Mormon and we are in the part when Alma meets Amulek, and they go into the city of Ammonihah to preach the gospel. After we were done reading, Brice talk to us a little bit about how when he was missionary, he really loved the story of Alma and Amulek. Because they were missionaries, too. They were companions, and the two of them worked together to preach the gospel. They had to each other to lean on. And when he was on a mission, he really liked feeling like he was like Alma and Amulek. He had companions that he could lean on and serve with. We talked about where he served and then we listed all of our close family members and talked about where they served. My boys have so many examples of family members who have served all over the world. Idaho, California, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand, and even little old Kentucky. Last night I felt so grateful for these men in our family who have been examples to my boys. I asked Jace, "so who will be the next to serve a mission in our family?" and he smiled a little and quickly said, "Me and Bowman."
And basically I almost lost it.
Last night was definitely not how our scripture reading usually goes. But it was special. And it was a tiny little tender mercy from Heavenly Father to keep us going in trying our hardest to gather our little family together to read the scriptures. Because I am not going to lose them :)
And also that reference is to the talk from the last general conference that I loved. Probably my favorite talk. Okay so here it is for my future reference: