2013-10-19 Rebecca's Baptism
As most of my friends and all
my family know, we're members of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, commonly called "Mormons."
In our church, we
don't practice infant baptism but rather wait until a child is
accountable. For accountability we assume the age of 8 which is a
very special day for most young people. Since I have such a large
family, I typically don't share much about our 11 children or our 30+
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Forgive me for
generalizing but our granddaughter Rebecca's baptism is an example of
this special day which we're so proud of for all our family.
Since Rebecca's mom has a degree in music, she shared some special music which the whole family was asked to sing.
Rebecca's mom, Rainey, also had a special book she put together to help Rebecca remember the day.
I had the guest of honor pose for this picture.
people are baptized in our church, they have the Holy Ghost bestowed by
the laying on of hands as was done in the times of Jesus' day.
Rebecca's Aunt Andrea displays a gift box while giving a talk on the gift of the Holy Ghost.
the solemn ordinances were performed, family gathered in the hall at a
table to write a memory for Rebecca. Some also posed for photos.
What a handsome young man!
Rebecca's father, Israel, a naturalized American Citizen, is the proud father.
Our son-in-law sets a good example for the rest of the family.
Family members gather in the hallway of the church to chat.
Finally, it's time to go home and celebrate Rebecca's birthday.
Let's Pah - tay!
Family members gather at the house.
Party decorations? Cool!
Some watch the game ...
While others play "Toss the Baby."
"Don't worry folks. I got him."
"Yeah! We were wonderin' about that."
"Time for cake and ice cream" Yum!
Happy Birthday Rebecca
After cake and ice cream, Rebecca watches a movie with some of the girls.
Then it's time to open the presents!
what a gift it is. It's a family tradition that when we reach the
age of baptism it's time to receive our very own scriptures.