Saturday, January 11, 2014

Baptism and Confirmation Day

Our sweet girl turned eight a while ago, but she wanted to wait for her big brother to return from Russia before she was baptized and confirmed.  In addition, her birthday is near the end of the year so all of the other children in her Primary class were baptized before her. 
She could hardly wait!
She was so happy to make the covenant.

Baptism Day
Flowers from Aunt Mollie.
(She's always so good about remembering things like that!)
 A sister and a cousin by her side.  Such pretty girls.

Daddy and his little girl in their white clothing.  
I am blessed by both of them.
We braided her hair to look like a crown.

Several of her cousins, aunts and grandparents came to witness and celebrate her becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
At least Mollie was making a nice face.
 Our sweet child with her great-grandmother name-sake.  What a special day.
A BIG thank you to cousin Tia for driving Great-grandma.

After having done this three times, now, I know one thing about the day of a baptism: there will be obstacles.  No matter what.  Something will get in the way.
I decided that I wasn't going to allow any of those bumps to mess up this day for us.
The Spirit permeated the room as covenants were made
and thoughts and music were shared.

I prepared a light luncheon for after the service, knowing several in the party had traveling to do.  It would have been easy to become overwhelmed about the imperfections of the meal, but I decided not to let it get to me.  
Do you know what?  
Not one person asked why there weren't homemade centerpieces or hand-stenciled napkins.  
No one cared that the plates were made by Dixie and that the fancy drink was water from the tap.  

Instead, we were able to focus on our Savior and the miracle of the Atonement 
and upon this darling girl who decided to accept Jesus Christ's offer to save her--as he has all of us.

I am so grateful that I get to be a part of it all.

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful! I need to follow your example as we stress about gettin g amissionary out the door.