Jakob got baptized over Labor Day weekend. It was so awesome!
We had many family members come for the event: 3 of Pete's brothers (Mike, Mark, and Richard) and their families, Pete's parents, my parents, and my sister Lexi and her hubby Chris.
The only baptisms that I have attended were where just one person was getting baptized. In our stake, because there are so many young families, they baptize all the kids that turned 8 that month in one big session. There were 6 kids that were baptized the same day as Jakob.
Because of that, our stake assigns each ward one month to be in charge of the talks and musical numbers. So...we just had to show up, and that's it. Easy peasy.
There was a great talk given, and a musical number: "I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus". Then, it was time for the baptism.
It kind of felt like we were riding a train. First stop: the chapel for the talk, etc. Second stop: the font for the baptism. Third stop: a different room for the confirmation. Pete preformed both the baptism and confirmation, and he did great. He was really quiet as he was giving the blessing to Jakob - it's because he was trying not to let his voice crack from emotion. *sniff* So cute! What a great dad.
Jakob was so cute. When walking into the chapel, he had a big old grin on his face. He was just so very handsome when he came out after being baptized and was in his vest and church pants.
Then we went to the fair. When we got there, it was almost dinner time. So we walked around a little bit and saw a few of the animals. Then we got dinner. And then Pete's two brothers and their families had to head back down to Utah, so they left. I felt bad that we didn't get to spend more time at the fair seeing the different things, but oh well.
And this is the one picture I got from the fair. It's not even very good-it's of everyone's torsos. Sheesh. The nice lady on the left let us pet her sheep. It was a weird species-it has hair instead of wool. Weird. So they don't clip it - it sheds in the spring instead.
One thing I did do, however, was ask family members to write a little note to Jakob for his baptism. My request rendered a few responses. My plan is to put the letters into a little booklet about his baptism that he can have to help him remember his baptism day.
I hope people don't mind, but I want to share snippets from each of the letters.
From Lex: Your silly dances, faces, and poses can always make me smile. And you are also a sweetheart!
From Howard: The very first person in my line was named Andrew; he was my great-grandfather. He joined the Church in Denmark in 1861....There are many generations on both sides of the veil that are there to help you as you progress in your life.
From Marianne: Jakob, we love you and are grateful that you have made the decision to be baptized.
From Kar: You are such a great kid. One of the things I love best about you is your desire to make good choices. You always strive to be a good boy.
From Jim and Jennifer: We're proud of the good choice that you have made and the good example that you are to your cousins.
From my mom: I am still learning things about the baptismal covenant and about receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, just like you are. We have to keep learning so that when we make mistakes we will know how and why we repent.
From my dad: Jakob, you are a good boy and a great brother to your brothers and sister. Always watch out for them...I want you to know that I love you very much and I am so proud to have you as a grandson.
From me: We can hear the Holy Ghost the best when we are doing things like reading our scriptures, saying our prayers, and attending church. Remember: he uses a still, small voice, like a whisper or a thought or a feeling. When we have peace inside of ourselves, and take the time to listen, that's when we hear what we need to do.
I asked Jakob how he felt about getting baptized, and he said he was really glad. I'm glad, too. What a cutie pie.