Monday, January 21, 2013

Great to be 8

Where has the time gone? 

Last Sunday (Jan. 13,2013) We attended our Stake’s “Great to be 8” program and scheduled the date and time for Joaquin’s baptism.    To say he is excited is truly an understatement!  He listened intently to the speakers and their detailed explanations of what to expect for their baptisms as well as their recommendations of what to do to prepare himself.  One of the highlights for Joaquin was learning that when he turned 8 he not only gets to be baptized but that he will be a cub scout and can begin working on his “Faith in God”.  I so wish I could have taken a picture of his face when he realized this!  He looked over at me with this huge grin and did a little happy dance right there in his seat, reverently of course J

I too am excited for this year as we prepare for his baptism!  Although I was born of “goodly parents” namely my mother and grandmother (my parent’s divorced when I was 4), we didn’t learn of the church until I was almost 10 years old.  I am enjoying so much watching my children grow up with a knowledge of God’s plan and His glorious gospel.  It is a beautiful thing to watch!

In preparation for his baptism Joaquin has made a goal to say his prayers every night before he goes to sleep.  I, of course, could do this for him but he and I both feel it is important for him to learn to remember to say his prayers on his own.  Also, to learn to truly communicate with our Father in Heaven and to find joy in it.  If he can do that now at this young tender age then he will have set a wonderful pattern for his life.  However, it will require work.  Tonight as we were kneeling for family prayer.  I reminded him to say his personal prayers and he looked at me and said, “Do I have to do this all the way until I turn 8?” and I responded with “You have to do this for the rest of your life, prayer is talking to our Father in Heaven.  We should want to do that not feel like it is a chore.”  But at seven, when you are tired and sleepy it’s hard to remember that J  Even at 43 when I’m tired and sleepy it is difficult to remember that.  Must remember it we must!  After this discussion I announced a need for a FHE on prayer.  That shall be coming shortly.

I am Joaquin’s Sunday School teacher as well and so I get to spend the whole year learning with him and preparing.  What a beautiful privilege and blessing!  It is great to be 8 J

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