Berkeley turned eight years old and was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! This is one big difference between our church and other churches. Instead of being baptized as an infant, we wait until the age of eight, which is the age that children should be old enough to know right from wrong. Berkeley made the choice to be baptized and was so excited for the big day.
We were so grateful to all the friends and family who were able to come out to show their support. Berkeley is well-loved—it was standing room only in there! Here’s a picture with just the family who came—Patrick’s parents, my parents, my sister, two brothers, a sister-in-law, and a cute little cousin!
I don’t think that anyone in the room could deny that the spirit was STRONG. Both of her grandfathers spoke at her baptism and I loved listening to them share their testimonies of baptism and the Holy Ghost, and remind Berkeley of the many members of her family who have gone before her in taking this big step. Tears were definitely flowing! Berkeley listened intently and was beautiful and radiant. Berkeley, Kendall, and Emery all sang the song “Baptism” together and it was just perfect. If anyone was able to hold it together up until this point, this song probably opened the floodgates!
Jesus came to John the Baptist,
In Judea long ago,
And was baptized by immersion
In the River Jordan’s flow.
“To fulfill the law,” said Jesus,
When the Baptist questioned why,
“And to enter with my Father
In the kingdom up on high.”
Now we know that we must also
Witness faith in Jesus’ word,
Be baptized to show obedience,
As was Jesus Christ, our Lord.
A few of Berkeley’s friends from school and one of her school teachers were able to come and that really meant a lot to her. Here is Berkeley with her friend Jack, whose dad bought him his first suit, just for the occasion!
So proud of our girl! She couldn’t stop smiling and neither could we.