April 13, 2014

Joseph's Baptism

With the arrival of his eighth birthday, another important event happened in Joseph's life.

He was baptized!

It was all he talked about every day from his birthday until, a couple weeks later, he entered into the waters of baptism.

He really was very excited.

We had many, many family discussions on baptism.

It is so important to us that out children understand this step of faith they are taking. So we discussed what this covenant means that they are making with our Heavenly Father, and that they are promising the follow His Son (for more on Baptism, click HERE)

We are really proud of him for choosing to take this step.

He had lots of family and friends show up to support him.

Grandma gave the opening prayer.

Granny gave a short talk on baptism. (during which Joseph ran up and gave her a huge hug, then just decided to stay up there in the front of the room with her)

Savannah, Jacob, and Alayna sang a special song, "When I am Baptized".

They did awesome! Here are ALL my kids singing the song. Haha, they are so cute.

I like to look for rainbows whenever there is rain
And ponder on the beauty of an earth made clean again.
I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain.
I want to be the best I can and live with God again.
I know when I am baptized my wrongs are washed away,
And I can be forgiven and improve myself each day.
I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain.
I want to be the best I can and live with God again.

Then Hubby baptized Joseph while Grandpa and Papa acted as witnesses.

Afterwards they went back to change out of their wet clothes and guess what? We forgot to bring towels! Oops. They must have used a lot of paper ones to dry off with.

While we waited for them to change, Jacob got up and sang the first verse to "Nephi's Courage."

Okay, so I may have coerced him... a little... a lot.

He did awesome though!

When the boys finally came back out, Joseph was confirmed a member of the church and was given the gift of the Holy Ghost.

After that the bishop asked Hubby and I to bare our testimonies.

It was a great baptism.

And of course, since most of our extended family had to drive in, we all had lunch afterwards.

 This funny kid had a blast playing with his cousins.

But one of favorite moments of it all actually happened the next day at church.

Joseph was suppose to give a talk in Primary and we may have sort of *coforgotugh*. Eh hem.

So I told him he should just go up and talk about his baptism.

I wish I had a way to show you accurately how he said this, but I can't so I'll do my best.

He stood at the microphone and said in a very serious manner, "At my baptism,(pause) the Holy Ghost came to me (long pause) and it was life changing. And all my family gathered together (extra long pause) as one."

LOL! It was so sweet and funny all at the same time.

Love that kid.

5 super cool people speak:

Heidi D said...

Sounds like a lovely day & his primary talk brings a tear to the eye.......how gorgeous

Sue said...

Ah, so cute!

Mama Smith said...

OH...how I would have loved to have heard that...little talk....on Sunday...(smile)

Saimi said...

awww, love baptisms and your Joseph sure is a cutie!

Raelyn said...

You updated your Header Picture!! To quote Jesse from "Full House". "Loving it. Loving it!" ;)
Congrats on getting baptized, Joseph!! That is awesome!! ;-D
I recall quite vividly when I got baptized!! It was with my 3rd Grade Sunday School class!! Both Dad and Pastor Dan dunked me in the water, and it was warm!! Close family friends snapped some pictures of the unforgettable event. I forgot to plug my nose if memory serves me, {Ah, premature short-term memory loss!!} so Dad did it for me!! ;)
Love you later, Raelyn

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