Sunday, September 7, 2014

Birthday and Baptism

Birthday Party Cake

This year is a big year for Hannah.  She turned 8 and while this may not be a big deal to many, for us this means the first major spiritual decision for her.  For people participating in worship with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the age of 8 signals accountability to God for our choices and actions.  An eight year old, who has been raised in the Church, can be baptized and confirmed a member of the Church following an interview with their bishop to confirm their worthiness, and of course their choice to do so. 

Crafting, Hannah's favorite pastime.

The celebrating started a week before her birthday with a party for Hannah and her friends.  We crafted, played with water balloons, ate cake and ice cream, opened presents and had a dance party with glow sticks.  Hannah had a good time and so did her friends.  It was a fun way to start off the week long celebration.

Glow Stick Dance Party

The next event was her actual birthday.  I made a cake for her party and Hannah decided she wanted to share a cake with her grandparents so her birthday was a little small.  We opened a few presents and she had her favorite dinner, tacos, that night.  It was nice to spend a day celebrating Hannah as a family.

Her Day!

A few days later her grandparents arrived and the real reason for celebration occurred.  Over the past several months and years we've been taking great care to teach and help Hannah understand those covenants she would be making if she chose to be baptized.  She was baptized with her family, grandparents and friends in attendance.  We had a small luncheon at our house afterwards and enjoyed visiting as a family and enjoying our company. 

Baptism picture

It was a busy weekend but so worth it.  I am really proud of Hannah and the choice she made to be baptized.  She is a great girl and continues to demonstrate a desire to what's right.  She is still learning but she also has faith in the Atonement and the healing and changing power that brings.  Happy Birthday, my girl!

The family on baptism day.

Blowing out candles for the second time.

Hannah in her fancy new dress.  Happy birthday, Little Bug!

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