Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Nathan's Baptism

I guess once you get out of the habit of blogging, it's hard to get back into the swing of things. I would say it is the daunting task of organizing all of the pictures and events that have taken place, but I don't think that's quite it....so back in September.....

My little boy, Nathan was baptized! In our church, our children who are 8 and older are aloud to become official members and become baptized. We believe that once they are 8, they are at an age to know from right and wrong and then make the decision for themselves. Nathan was super excited to get baptized and was thrilled to see all of his family and friends to be there for him on his special day.
 My Mom came over from Colorado with my two nieces, Zoey and Cali. (Notice the red hair? We did that clear back in the beginning of July and as of December it was still in there! We finally just chopped it off! *Note to self....don't color my hair with kool aid)
 Kimball was so happy to have his cousins there for the weekend, but as usual didn't want his picture taken.
 Nathan left early with his Daddy so that left me and my Mom to get all the kiddos ready....aren't they cute?
 To get baptized, you are dressed in white and when you (the one being baptized) enter fully into the water symbolizing the death and resurrection of the Savior. As you go down into the water it symbolizes the death of your life, as in your old life and then as you rise from the water it symbolizes your new life and being washed cleaned and the resurrection of the Savior. It's all about the Savior, which I love!
 Before hand we try to get pictures of family members and us as a family. See our struggles?
 We have Nathan and my Mother, Nathan with his Dad and his Grandma and Grandpa Walker, and then they had me join them.
 We have a little opening exercise where we have some music, talks and each child who is getting baptized gets introduced. Nathan was so cute and when he was called up to be introduced he literally bounced his way up there and then as the guy was introducing him he was trying to give examples of everything that was being said! It was so darn cute! After he was introduced we went into a room that was connected to a fountain (about a small pool in the room) and a prayer is said and he is baptized. Then his Dad and him change clothes and comes back into the room and then he is given the gift of the Holy Ghost which will guide him through out his life as long as he is righteous and faithful.
Picture: 1. Aunt Melissa and Uncle Derek 2. Grandpa Walker, Cousin Preston, Grandma Walker and Nathan 3. Aunt Melissa 3. Cousin Preston, Grandma Walker, Uncle John 4. Aunt Rose 5. Uncle Derek, Grandpa Walker, Grandma Walker, Travis 6. Cousin Preston
After the baptism, we headed back to our place for a small get together with family and friends. Basically we socialized and ate some yummy food. The adults sat and talked and the cousins played. It was wonderful.
 Picture: 1. Travis and Me 2.
Uncle Derek, Grandpa Walker, Grandma Walker, Travis 3. Grandma Longan, Uncle John, Uncle Wayne, Aunt Rose, Uncle Derek 4. Grandma Walker, Uncle Mark, Aunt Becky 5. Aunt Jacque and Cousin Preston 6. Aunt Rose, Uncle Derek, Grandpa Walker, Travis 7. Brandon

I love that picture#6 is all of them looking at their phones! 

The following month we had a Primary program, which is where all of the children in our church sing songs and do a little program for the adults. Nathan was asked to give a talk about his baptism and how he felt. This is what he wrote. I helped remind him of what happened (ie. getting ready, leaving, pictures, etc.) and he told me everything that he was thinking and feeling, and then we compiled all of that together to create his talk. 

"Before I was baptized I went to see Bishop Wyatt with my Mom and Dad. We talked about why I wanted to be baptized and what would happen. Bishop Wyatt made sure that I was ready to be baptized.
On September 1st I was baptized. My Dad and I left early to go get ready. We put on a white suit and waited for our family and friends to come. I felt holy and excited. I also felt like I was an angel in my white suit. 

Soon our family and friends came and we took pictures. After that we went in to the chapel and sang a song and listen to a talk about the Holy Ghost. I didn’t know who gave the talk. I was the third one to be baptized so when it was my turn Brother Adams called me up to stand next to him and went over who I was and what I liked to do. I was trying to show people what I liked to do, but I was nervous and scared. 

After I was introduced I walked with my Dad to the baptismal font. While we walked there Dad held my hand and told me that he loved me. I felt very special. We then went into the baptismal font. I was scared and thought that I was going to drown under the water. As soon as my Dad put his arms around me to say the baptismal prayer I felt better. 

After I came out of the water I felt like brand new. I wasn’t scared anymore and I was happy. After we got out of the water we changed into our church clothes and went out to our family and friends. I felt very special that so many people came to see me get baptized.


My Dad confirmed the Holy Ghost to me. While he was doing it I sat very still in my chair and felt like a grown up. I also felt like Heavenly Father was talking to me too. After the prayer I got to shake all the men’s hands and I felt very happy. 
I am glad that I got baptized because I know that Jesus wanted me to do it so that I can become more like him. I know that I made the right decision. 

I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen"


If you have any question about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints feel free to visit their website or send me an email and I will try my best to explain everything. 

2 comments:

Jody said...

Oh, dear sweet Nathan! I'm so happy for you! What a big and important decision you made! Congratulations, I just know Heavenly Father and all of the hosts of heaven were watching when you took that important step back Home! Bless you, kiddo! Always remember how you felt, bring it with you through your whole life, and share it with others you love!

affectioknit said...

BLESSINGS!

Have a lovely day!