I turned eight this year. Eight is a very special birthday.
Eight is the year that I get to be baptized.
It is a very important decision.
By choosing to be baptized, I am following Jesus.
Jesus was baptized.
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We are baptized at eight because that is the age of accountability, or the age that we begin to understand right from wrong.
I was baptized on Sunday, September 16, 2012.
I was baptized by my father.
I wore a very pretty white dress. My dad also wore white.
By making the choice to be baptized, I am setting an example for my younger brother and sister. Jex set the example for me. He was baptized two years ago.
My Aunt Kristin and cousin Luke came all the way from Las Vegas to be with me.
My Aunt Lindsay and cousin London came all the way from Utah.
My Aunts played a very important part in my special day.
They both spoke at my baptism.
Kristin spoke about Baptism. She told me about the 3 “bears” that we take on when we are baptized.
1.bear his name
2. bear one another’s burdens
3.bear your testimony
Her testimony helped strengthen mine.
Many other people from our ward family came to support me.
That was a testimony to me of the love that is shown by those who follow Jesus.
When I was baptized, I was baptized by immersion, which means fully submersed in water. I went down and came right back up. That represents my sins being washed away.
The water was very warm, but my mom was there to wrap me in a warm towel when I came out of the water.
I was given three white towels that day as a gift. They were each made by friends or family. I feel so loved.
After I was baptized, I came out dressed in a new white dress. My mom put my hair up in a braid because it was all wet.
A member of our ward who is an artist, drew this picture of me while we were listening to the speakers. It is a beautiful reminder of that day.
Then my Aunt Lindsay spoke, she spoke about the gift of the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost is the gift we receive after we are baptized.
She told me the Holy Ghost gives three signals just like a traffic light.
1.red-stop what you are doing and repent
2.yellow-warns me of danger
3.green-a time to testify, teach or prompt
I am so thankful she came to help testify of this important gift.
After she spoke, I was given the gift of the Holy Ghost; also by my father.
It is given by the laying on on of hands.
My father asked every worthy priesthood holder in the room to stand with him.
There were many wonderful fathers and friends who helped administer this ordinance.
I was touched. The spirit was very strong.
Along with the spiritual gift of the Holy Ghost, I received many other gifts from family and friends.
This necklace says; I am a Child of God. Which I know to be true.
My parents gave me new scriptures, and I also got: a scripture case, a new pillowcase, and lots of jewelry.
This is the pillowcase from my Grandmother.
After my baptism was finished, we had a nice evening of refreshments.
My mom made these cookie cakes to help celebrate.
CTR means: Choose the Right.
It was a beautiful day.
A day I will always remember.
I am happy when I follow the Savior’s teachings.
You may enjoy seeing my entire baptism photo session found here.
For my family who is far away and couldn’t make it, my mom made this video to celebrate my life and my decision. You may enjoy watching it.