I turned eight on the 13th of August.
In my family we have lots of Birthday traditions. This birthday was a little different.
Eight is a special birthday.
My family belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We are taught that the age of eight is the age of accountability. That means you are old enough to know right from wrong. This is the age of baptism.
I was baptized on August 14, 2010.
My father baptized me.
I was baptized by immersion which means I was fully submersed in water. I went down and come right back up. It represents our sins being washed away.
I was baptized just like Jesus. He was baptized in the Jordan River, I was baptized in a baptismal font.
Both sets of my Grandparents got to come to my baptism.
My Grandpa Mark spoke at my baptism. He talked to me about baptism, and how special it was. He told me that is was not the water that was making me clean. It was the actual ordinance. (that means the water represents that act of Heavenly Father taking care of my sins) It felt good to be clean.
After I was baptized, my Grandpa Jerald spoke to me about The Holy Ghost. This is a special gift that we receive after baptism. It is a gift from our Heavenly Father. He told me that The Holy Ghost is like a friend. He helps keep us safe. He can warn us in times of trouble, and comfort us in times of need.
Being Baptized was totally awesome. I felt so good after, and felt the comfort of the Holy Ghost all day. I knew it was him because I felt happy and at peace.
Now that I am baptized I am officially a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
My mom says that I am setting such a good example for my younger brother and sisters.
After my baptism we had these great big cookie cakes to share with my friends from church. My mom decorated them special just for me. I am grateful for friends and family.
CTR means: Choose the Right.
Our family had a nice dinner after to celebrate and honor my choice.
My parents told me that they are very proud of me. I am proud to belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
My baptism was a big part of my birthday this year; but we still celebrated my birthday with all the wonderful traditions. Stay tuned to hear more about my birthday.
P.S. My mom made this movie to share at my Baptism. I thought some of my family who couldn’t come might enjoy watching it.