My little brother Bracken is on a mission in Ecuador for our church right now. He's one of my heroes ... man, I love and miss that kid.
He is without a doubt one of Porter's heroes. Porter talks about him, without fail everyday. He acts like Bracken and talks like Bracken - they have the same sense of humor. They even look alike - blonde hair, great smiles, handsome.
On Porter's birthday last July, Bracken sent Porter a challenge. He wrote: "Keep reading the Book of Mormon. I bet you can't finish it before I get back."
Porter decided to stick this quote on the wall right above his light switch where he can see it everyday.
Well, my brother comes home this August.
Porter finished the Book of Mormon a few days ago.
...is starting it over again. Porter told me this week, "Mom, I'm going to show Uncle Bracken. I'm going to read it twice."
After only a couple days, he's through first Nephi.
I've often wondered how much Porter is getting out of his personal scripture study, especially where he is reading through it quite quickly. Is he thinking about the things he is reading? Is he comprehending? Is he allowing the Holy Ghost to teach?
He fell asleep last night reading. His light was still on when I went back to his room to make sure he was tucked in. I found his Book of Mormon with an orange marking pencil holding his spot like a bookmark. I was curious to see where he was at, so I opened it. Page sixty- one. He was in 2 Nephi, chapter 2.
And this is what I found:
Thanks, Brack for inspiring your nephew (and sister).
This book changes lives.
It's changing the life of my son.