Almost two weeks ago Garion turned 8 years old, and 2 days later he was baptized. It is amazing to me that time goes by so fast!! It makes me feel a little old to have a child old enough to be baptized! I have not blogged about this even yet because I wanted a little while to ponder the event in my mind and really be able to express my feelings about it.
Garion was born at 5:50 in the evening on March 5th and the minute he entered this world, I knew he was special. He has a very calm spirit that reflects peace and a certain maturity that is beyond his years. He has always been mellow and open to our counsel and obedient to our rules. At the same time, he offers our family all the fun of a boy! He loves transformers, bionicles, swords, guns, his pocket knife, reading (especially Captain Underpants), strawberries, playing the Wii and computer games, camping, Pokemon, playing with his best friend Tyler every chance he gets, and traveling. He is spiritual, sensitive, caring, obedient, learning to be a hard worker, an excellent student, funny with a good sense of humor and has a happy disposition. He is a joy to have in our family and I thank Heavenly Father for him in every prayer.
Of course he is only 8 and is still learning about the world around him. He is a little like an open book. You can always tell, quite clearly, how he is feeling by the look on his face. He is becoming independent and responsible. It has been incredibly gratifying over the last few years to watch as Garion’s testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has grown and strengthened. He knows that Jesus Christ lives, and knows him by name. He recognizes the blessings he has been given in this life and is learning how to be grateful for them. He chose to be baptized and has already made some changes in his life in the way he treats other people and the way he prays. He does it more from his heart.
For those of you who may have questions, I just want to clarify that in our church, we wait until a child is 8 years old to baptize them. We believe that by 8, they are old enough to know right from wrong and the consequences of their actions. Because of this, they can be fairly held accountable for the choices they make. There are 13 Articles of Faith that summarize the beliefs of our Church. The 4th Article of Faith states “We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are: First, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; Second, Repentance; Third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; Fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
Garions baptism was a very significant and meaningful experience in my life because he is the first of my family to gain a testimony of the gospel and join the church. My mom and I joined the church 16 years ago, together, and it has brought purpose, meaning, joy, peace and direction to my life. My relationship with Heavenly Father and the guidance of the Holy Ghost has helped me weather every storm I have encountered in my life. Heavenly Father has given me Jason. He has helped me to see past this life to the beauty and serenity that I can have in the eternities with my family by my side. I ache for the rest of my family to find this peace. To find the certainty in their hearts that they are children of a Heavenly Father who loves them. Garion is the first and I pray he is not the last. I am so grateful that my Mom was able to come to his baptism and share in this exciting time in Garions life with us.
I am proud of you Garion!!!