Sunday, August 14, 2005


Emily was baptized today.

She sat on a folding chair in front of the front row at church, elegant and grown-up in her new blue satiny dress with sweeping, Grecian sleeves. Beside her were the two other baptizees, Stephanie and Phebe.

They all stood by the microphone and gave articulate and moving testimonies of God’s work in their lives and their decision to follow Him.

My heart was in my throat when it was Emily’s turn to be baptized because she is so easily startled. You can tap her on the shoulder and she jumps six inches and screams. I was afraid she would leap and screech when the water touched her. But she only flinched visibly, a suspenseful and amusing touch to a holy moment.

They vowed to follow Jesus all their days. I imagined angels all around, rejoicing with us.

Quote of the Day:
"Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost…"


  1. I rejoice with your family, the church, and the angels in Heaven with the baptism of these three. May God continue to be with you all.

  2. I thought their testimonys were so wonderful!!
    I just love the picture of Emily!!

  3. I'm still keeping tears at bay when I think of the awesome commitment made yesterday--when you see our girls in that light the sillier moments fade into the background--makes them almost mature--I'm sure I'll need the vision of angels in the future!!!

  4. Beautiful service.

    If those three candidates would have been boys I'm sure the testimonies would have been shorter! BTW the girls did a fine job.

  5. anonymous: Heh! I was in a mixed baptism class of 6. I had the longest testimony of everyone, including the girls. But then again, I always had a big mouth.