Friday, June 26, 2015

Jack's decision to be baptized

Our bishop at church had asked Jack if he would join him in his office to discuss baptism. I found myself breathing shallow as months earlier Jack had shared his concerns about baptism and that he wasn't 100% sure he wanted to be baptized. I decided in that moment back then that this was Jack's choice and I needed to back off with all my "teaching moments" about baptism and choosing the right. 

It is a hard line to walk being a parent. You feel so strongly the responsibility to teach your children true principles but need to give them space for growth, learn for themselves and govern their own choices; this is a hard lesson for me to learn and embrace.

Jack looked at our kind bishop and said without skipping a beat "sure!" "Do you want your mom to come?" Bishop asked. "Yes I do!" was Jack's reply.

I stood up and followed Jack and bishop into the office feeling the magnitude of this privileged. I was amazed at Jack's maturity and ability to answer questions and express himself during this brief interview. He was totally calm and happy. He wanted to be baptized!

Right then I watched Jack plan out his baptism with bishop; it's amazing what space and love will do to the human heart. 

Two weeks later we had a house filled with people we LOVE so dearly to celebrate Jack's baptism. 

Jack's baptism was beautiful. I felt encompassed with love; a type of love I had not experienced prior to that day. I felt my heart grow, truly it grew! After two beautiful dynamic talks Jack followed Ben to the font. I stood at the side of the font with a towel in hand and watched. I wanted to be as close as possible. Watching from the side I felt my eyes swell with tears and I couldn't possibly have smiled wider. 

As I wrapped Jack in a warm dry towel we walked into the changing room. The little 70's style changing room with tiled walls was bursting with light and joy. Jack shivered and giggled "I has no idea that would be so fun!" "How do you feel?" Ben asked, "so good" Jack replied as a smile stretched across his cute face.  

With dry clothes on and freshly combed hair Jack sat on a chair surrounded by worthy priesthood holders who love him dearly and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. I was most excited for this part. The gift of the holy ghost is hands down the best gift I have ever received and while I know Jack may not know the magnitude of this gift from his Heavenly Father for some time I have faith that that gift will bless him tremendously. 

While Ben exercised the priesthood and gave Jack the precious gift and bestowed a beautiful blessing on him my thoughts were drawn to my father-in-law who passed away last July. I thought of how happy he would be for Jack, how he would want to congratulate and hug him after and testify of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And I thought how Jack would love all of that.  Heaven felt very close in that moment...

We sang "We'll bring the wold His truth" as our last song of the baptism. I was overcome with emotion as I looked at my wonderful, bright, brilliant and darling Jack and hoped that I could be the goodly parent God intends me to be. I thought that Jack's decision to be baptized entitles him to be enlisted in the army of God's discipleship. I was particularly touched by the following verse:

We have been saved for these latter days
To build the kingdom in righteous ways.
We hear the words our prophet declares:
"Let each who's worthy go forth and share."

I am grateful my Heavenly Father saved Jack for this time and sent him into our family. My love for him keeps growing and deepening. 

After we went out to get pizza and it was awesome!


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