A couple months back I emailed this story to myself so I could remember to post it later. I guess it’s later now :)
One night I was reading scriptures with Sam and we were discussing 1 Nephi 2:25 – “Adam fell that men might be and men are that they might have joy.” We had read that scripture the night before but Sam had gotten really fixated on it so we read it again and discussed the Creation and Fall. When I discuss things like this with Sam I usually lead by asking him questions, even if I don’t think he knows the answer. I like to make him think about things rather than just telling him about them. Sam surprised me with how much he knew without me telling him! He knew that Adam was the first man, and he was alone so he needed Eve and lots of other details. I wish I had written down more of the details that he knew (I think one was that Eve was made from Adam’s rib) but I was typing it up on my phone so I just wrote down the abbreviated version.
After we’d gone through a lot of the story Sam started pulling out his “why” questions (he is 3 years old after all, everything get’s a “why” :P ) “Why did Heavenly Father create Adam? … Why does Heavenly Father love us? … Why are we Heavenly Father’s children?” etc. I tried my best to give him good answers and not just say “because that’s the way it is” as tempting as it was. I had used the reasoning that Heavenly Father loves us because we are his children because he had created us, so he asked – “Why did Heavenly Father create us?” Uhm, good question Sam. I couldn’t come up with a good answer right on the spot that didn’t just send us back in a circle so I decided to turn the question back on him. His answer was “because we love our family.” Translation – Heavenly Father created us because families are important, we love our families so Heavenly Father of course wanted to have us as children. I was just floored by that sweet and insightful answer. I don’t know that I would have understood that concept until I was a parent myself, so I was pleased that Sam could come up with that at such a young age. Sam is such a smart kid and I definitely think we learn as much from him as he does from us!