The biggest surprise of this experience is that Stephen is not the spiritual one. Joe is! He constantly talks about making Jesus happy, is very serious about his prayers, he keeps it in mind all the time. But today, Stephen wanted to bear his testimony! He thought of his own words, I wrote them down for him so he wouldn't get flustered up there all by himself. When he sat back down he declared, "I want to do that over and over!!" Poor Joe, already having a very rough day, was heartbroken that he couldn't. He hates that he can't read or write like Stephen. But we had a good talk, and he is going to practice, so he can get up all by himself soon.
I love it when my children teach me. Isn't that how we should view sharing our testimonies? As something to be desired, to be excited for, to want to do "over and over"? I wish I did. I must admit I am looking forward to leaving the cocoon of BYU and being in the real world, hoping it will challenge me to share more often. Until then, I can look for moments to share it with my boys.
Aaaaand speaking of sharing, I will now share with you my favorite Banana Bread recipe!! (How's that for transition!)
2 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
3 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
3 very ripe bananas, smashed with a fork
lemon zest from 2 lemons
(You can also add a cup of chopped walnuts. My menfolk hate nuts :(
Preheat oven to 350. Line and or grease a loaf pan, set aside.
Cream together butter and sugar till fluffy. Add the eggs, beating well after each. Add yogurt, lemon zest and juice, vanilla, and bananas. Mix well. Add the flour mixture and stir until just blended. (Add nuts here if you like)