I was sitting in class with my primary kids. We were all in a circle, and I was teaching them the parable of the talents. In my mind, this was a really important lesson and I was trying my hardest to convey the truth that they were all talented daughters and sons of God.
We have one boy in our class named Januk. He is about 8 or 9, and doesn’t speak English (as far as I know). He is very quiet in class and listens well, even though I’m sure most of my fast English goes right through him.
For an activity in my lesson, we went around to every student in the class, and told them a few of their talents that we had recognized. I wasn’t sure how this activity would go but I was pleasantly surprised. It all went well and finally we came to Januk. I wasn’t sure what the other kids were going to say, considering he was very quiet and reserved. I was blown away.
Ayusha told him that he was a great listener. Prasab told him that he was always reverent in class. Jeev asked him what Januk thought his talents were, and he said singing. Singing! I was so proud of my kids.
And then came the magic moment.
And the end of class, we were all memorizing a scripture. Even though Januk was trying really hard, I could tell that it was going to be hard for him. Then I saw one of my kids, Ayusha, start to help Januk. She held the paper and went through every word, over and over for about 10 minutes. All the other kids had already memorized it and were waiting to present to the class. I told them we had to wait for Januk and Ayusha to be ready.
Then, one at a time, each student stood up and said their memorized scripture to the class.
“For of him unto whom much is given much is required...”
At last we came to Januk. He stood up and seemed to focus his eyes on the back wall. Slowly he said,
Word for word, slowly but surely, he recited his scripture to the class.
And that was the magic moment. The moment he realized that he had done it.
Right when he said that last word, our whole class started to clap for him and tell him good job. I gave him a huge crazy hug (probably scared the heck out of him).
Tears came to my eyes when I saw the beautiful love these kids were showing towards each other. Nothing in my lesson could have taught them what Ayusha and Januk did.
There are magic moments all around when you look for them. I thank Heavenly Father every day that I can be in such a place that these magic moments surround my everyday life. I am a lucky girl to know Januk, Ayusha, Jeev, Prasab, Rebecca and Ravi.
I love you, my senior primary class.
Thanks for showing me what love is all about.
Jeev, Ravi, Ayusha & Rebecca