Cereal

“Dad, which cereal do you not like the most?” my son asked as he shoveled in another bite of Fruity Pebbles.

“Easy,” I replied. “I dislike Fruity Pebbles more than any other cereal.”

In incredulous disbelief he followed up with, “Really? If you had to choose between eating a bowl of Fruity Pebbles or a bowl of Grape Nuts, you’d eat the Grape Nuts?”

“Not a chance,” I immediately rejoined. “I’d eat the Fruity Pebbles.”

“That doesn’t make any sense, Dad. You said you didn’t like Fruity Pebbles the most.”

“I did say that. But what you didn’t ask is why I disliked them the most. That answer might clear up what appears to be a contradiction.”

“Ok, Dad, why do you dislike Fruity Pebbles so much?”

I then took the opportunity to explain that Fruity Pebbles, once saturated with milk, turn into one of the world’s strongest glues which even soaking in the sink can hardly remove from the bowl. And while I don’t care much for the taste, in comparison to Fruit Loops or Trix, it’s still much better than Grape Nuts. I dislike Fruity Pebbles more than any other cereal not because they have the worst flavor, but rather because they don’t live up to their full potential. I want them to be as delicious as their fruit-flavored cereal competitors. But they just aren’t. Instead, they are less tasty and much more difficult to clean up. It quickly dawned on me that a gospel principle lay buried in that conversation and my son was about to hear it.

“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He can deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, and pour out peace.” – Ezra Taft Benson

Each of us is a son or daughter of God with an infinite, divine potential. Some choices lead us toward Fruity Pebbles and others toward Fruit Loops. The Lord has shown us the path. If we trust in Him, seek to have the Holy Ghost as our constant companion, and follow the gospel to the best of our ability, we won’t become Fruity Pebbles glued to a dried out bowl in a sink. Instead, we will one day become what our Heavenly Father always knew we could be: delicious Fruit Loops.