Oct 25, 2009

Baptism day

Saturday, October 24 was a special day for our family. Zachary was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are so proud of our boy for taking this step in his life. We are also grateful for the family members who traveled from afar to support us this weekend, for the friends who attended the baptism, and for the friends and family near and far who supported us in spirit!

Our family congregated at the stake center a little bit early to take pictures to commemorate this lovely occasion. Just as our van drove into the parking lot, Gavin peeled off one of the scabs on his forehead. A bit of active bleeding during a family photo is always entertaining, right? Many thanks to Melanie for once again being our photographer!

Then it was time to get ready for the baptism! Seeing Garry and Zachary together in their white ceremonial clothing brought tears to my eyes. I knew Zachary was following the example of the Savior as he entered the waters of baptism, and I was grateful that Garry was worthy, ready, and able to baptize our son.

To learn more about baptism and confirmation in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, click here.

The service itself was lovely. We shared Zach's special day with the Nunnelly family, whose eight-year-old son, Keaton, was also baptized. Zach's Grandpa Bartle and Keaton's dad each gave talks. Keaton and his dad sang a song. Zach's Grandpa Dixon and Keaton's sister prayed. Zach's Grandma Bartle played the piano and his Granny directed the music.

A wonderful friend entertained Gavin during the meeting (maybe that's why I enjoyed it so much--thanks, Bob!). Gavin and Bob wandered the halls, enjoyed some snacks, and found the nursery with toys. Gavin did join the group to watch Zachary's baptism. When he saw Zach in the baptismal font with Garry, he seemed to think Zach was going swimming. He pointed to Zach and called out, "Fun Zach!" and then blew him kisses. The outburst was amusing and tender at the same time. Happily, he was quiet for the baptism itself.

The confirmations that followed were equally beautiful. Under the authority of the Melchizedek priesthood, each boy received the gift of the Holy Ghost. As I listened to the words of my son's blessing, I reflected on my own baptism day and also tried to imagine the wonderful things that are in store for Zach as he embarks on a lifetime of service and dedication to the Church.

After the service we went home...and partied. First lots of friends came over to the house for root beer floats.

When the last guest left, our party of 12 went out for dinner at TGIFriday's. What fun! Delicious food, awesome conversation, and baby/toddler entertainment kept us all laughing. Free sundaes and server singing celebrated Zachary's and Eric's birthdays. Back at home, the night owls stayed up for a late movie and treats.

All in all, it was an excellent day full of the people we love.
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