Chase's new Primary Teacher (his name is a mystery...we have tried asking around but nobody knows?) issued a challenge to his class two weeks ago. For every Article of Faith that the kids memorized he would reward them with a candy bar.
I am sure he was thinking that the kids would come back with a handful memorized tops. But Chase seeing an opportunity to boost the contents of his "candy storage" (I need to post about that) asked, "what if we memorize all 13?" His teacher said, "no problem, 13 candy bars!" They only had a week though.
So Chase came home from Church and told us about his goal for the week. I totally thought that it would be impossible. He only knew two to start with and there are some really hard ones - right... But trying to be unnaturally optimistic I gave him an encouraging you can do it - but it will be really hard, sure it's possible - but it will be a lot of work, I know you can - but you'll have to dedicate a lot of time to it...kind of speech.
All week Chase carried around his Article of Faith card (as seen above). It went to school, on errands and I found it on his bed every night when I went to tuck him in. We tried learning some of the primary hymns to help (not a big fan of those songs - they are seriously atonal). I helped him learn some of them line by line. But it was all Chase. He worked on them constantly all week.
And on Sunday, he was ready. All thirteen swimming around in his head. He was so excited to recite them for his teacher. Apparently his classmates and teacher were pretty surprised.
And so was I. But I shouldn't have been. This is Chase, my son. When he is motivated and determined there is no stopping him. He is a boy with a mission. And when Chase wants something - nothing is impossible!