A year and a month after he turned 8, Garrett's dad gave him permission to get baptized. He has been so excited these past few weeks getting ready for it. Since he has been in primary for ever he could've just done it right away. But being the person I am I chose for him to have the missionary discussions so he could really learn about the gospel and take the steps he needed to take to make sure he was making the right choice for himself. (And I love the spirit that the missionaries bring into our home, I couldn't pass that up.)
You know those feelings you get get when you are trying to do the right thing but nothing seems to go your way? Well those were my feelings and the feelings in our house yesterday morning. I knew that Satan was trying really hard to bring contention into our home to keep up from feeling the spirit and choosing the Right. I remember him doing the same thing a few years ago when I was preparing to get my Patriarchal Blessing. I have learned from then, that when I recognize who/what it is that is making me feel dark and miserable it is a lot easier to withstand it. Who wants to be dark and miserable with Satan??? NOT ME!!! I also knew that feelings of darkness only come from the adversary. Feelings of peace, goodness and light come from our dear Savior. So yesterday when we were all fighting and being mean to each other I stopped in my tracks and remembered the lessons from the past. We had a family prayer asking Heavenly Father to bless our home with peace and love. And that Satan would leave us alone. Other than a few little squabbles, the rest of our day was great. Even those little squabbles were easier to take care of because of the warm spirit of our Savior that was invited into our home through meaningful prayer.
Garrett was a little nervous and a Lot excited for that evening. After he came up out of the water he exclaimed, "THAT WAS AWESOME!!!" Though he didn't know at the time, everyone heard him and grinned and reverently cheered at his words. I completely bawled like a cry baby through it all. What mother wouldn't right? :)
I'm so super grateful for our friends the Sants who each participated in the program. I'm especially grateful for Bro. Sant and the Priesthood that he holds to be able to baptize my Garrett. I'm also super grateful for the other Priesthood holders in my life who have and will continue to bless me and my family. I'm thankful for the missionaries and their hard work and strong spirits. I am so thankful for the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the blessings and knowledge that come from it. I love the Gospel. I love having a Prophet on this earth to guide me. I love having a chance to have an Eternal Family! I love the Book of Mormon and testify to the truthfulness of it. I love having the gift of the Holy Ghost and am so glad that Garrett has received it. I am so grateful and love my Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives, and shows his mercy and love for me and my family.