Monday, February 3, 2014

Charles' Baptism & time with grandparents

 Charles was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints(aka Mormon), this past Saturday.
 We are so proud of his decision to come into the fold of Christ. His favorite scripture right now is Mosiah 3:19 which says, "The natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father."

I'm pretty sure I can pinpoint the exact day this scripture became his favorite. He had been very patient with his younger sister who was pestering him but then he got mad and pushed her. We do not allow pushing or hitting etc, which is a rule even the parents follow, so I had him follow me into my bedroom where I then opened up to this scripture and told him that those feelings of anger he had, and wanting to push or hurt his sister were our 'natural man' feelings and we have them because we are physical beings but that Christ asks us to put off those 'natural man' feelings and become like Him. He is amazing and is continually improving himself and becoming more like Christ so I'm not at all surprised that he chose this scripture to be his favorite.

 There were 3 other children baptized from the stake that morning so we all met together in the chapel and had music and talks on Baptism and the Holy Ghost in there. Elisabeth was the pianist and she did wonderfully! She had previously marked about 15 songs from the primary song book that she would play as prelude music and for the intermediate hymns. She also played the opening and closing songs which were, "Baptism" and "I am a child of God". There were over 100 people present and afterward she received so many compliments from strangers and all different people on her piano playing. Several people just wanted to come and shake her hand which I thought was very sweet. They all wanted to know how old she was and what my tricks were :). She's 9 years old and we don't have any tricks; just lots of practice these past three years....30-40 minutes each week day, and once she got pretty good she started playing church songs on Sunday just because she enjoys it....the key to enjoying it for my kids have been them getting good enough that's it's enjoyable :).
 Scott, who holds the Melchizedek priesthood, baptized Charles and did the confirmation (receiving the Holy Ghost). It was beautiful.


 My parents and Scott's dad were all able to fly out for the baptism which was very special. They arrived a couple of nights before and we loved spending time with them. Mom played Candyland with Jane and Nora. She later commented that she'd, "never played it that way before!" Well, that's a three and one-year-old for you! :)
 Grandpa Garnica is 87 now!

 Charles requested sugar cookies so we made CTR (Choose The Right) sugar cookies, just like the CTR ring. I used an old metal Christmas tree cookie cutter and bent the shape into the CTR shield. Then we rolled, cut, mom frosted green and I wrote CTR on the cookies.
 They turned out really nice and yummy!
Before the baptism we took our parents out do dinner at one of our favorite places to eat around here. A favorite but one we try not to have often because it's an Italian buffet and we way over eat. It's called Cinzetti's. It's amazing; I especially love the salads, pizza and the crepes! See what I mean!?

 We are so grateful we were able to have grandparents come out and stay for awhile and be here for Charles' baptism. We're so proud of you Charles!

*Elisabeth and Grandpa Smith having some fun family time on the piano and guitar; they're playing/singing, When I Am Baptized :)


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