Heavenly Father led us to the perfect teacher. She is a beautiful and very talented person not only in music or the violin but in teaching. Joaquin is blossoming as a player under her tutelage. He is motivated and really enjoys playing. I love to watch him practice and am often in awe as I watch how comfortable he is with this instrument. It is like an extension of him, part of him. I believe he has a gift, not to be some virtuoso but a deep familiarity with the violin a spiritual connection. Last Sunday, a sister in our ward played a violin solo accompanied by the piano. Joaquin leaned over to me and said, "Mom, maybe you could tell the Bishop that I can play and I'll play 'I Am A Child of God' in Sacrament." I shook my head and told him yes, maybe I could.
One of the most important things I feel I can do as a Mother is to take note of my children's gifts and talents and then to help them recognize and cultivate them by constant encouragement and support. Using the tender wisdom of the scriptures...by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned. (D&C 121:41)