Just Like Dad

Suzanne Burnett
2 min readJun 13, 2024

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About a month ago, my husband and I were chatting over breakfast dishes. The school children were gone and the preschoolers were still sleeping, or so we thought.

A strained grunting sound cut off our conversation. At the kitchen entrance stood our three-year-old son, working to shape his mighty toothpick arms into a perfect flexing bicep position.

“Wow! Look at those muscles!” my husband immediately called out. The straining stopped and the boy beamed up at us.

“Just like Dad!” he grinned.

It has been fascinating to see pieces of my sweetheart show up in each of our sons.

As you can see, Son Six inherited all the muscles. Son Five is blessed with the engineering, create-out-of-what’s-here brain. Son Four owns a wide eye set and an “I’d rather do ANYTHING besides read a book” outlook (a quality that his father bemoaned once he hit grad school). Son Three unabashedly performs and likes a good pun, winning him many chuckles and eye rolls. Son Two is all sports. Son One loves manual labor.

If you want to know something about my husband, come spend some time with his sons.

All throughout the gospel of John, Jesus spoke of His connection to His Father.

“I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me…” 1

“The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do.” 2

“I speak that which I have seen with my Father.” 3

“I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” 4

“He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father.” 5

So, in the end, if we want to know more about our Heavenly Father, we can choose to spend time with His Son.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Suzanne Burnett

Mother of twelve children and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shares spiritual insights learned through parenting and marriage.