Yesterday was a very special day for our little family. My oldest son, Parley Benjamin, was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As you can see from the picture taken just before the blessed event, we were dressed in white and Parley is clutching a copy of the Book of Mormon, which I gave to him moments before we left for the stake center. (Incidentally, I had his name engraved in the cover — ironically, the engraving cost $3.00, more than the $2.50 I paid for the hardcover book.)
It was a very spiritual experience. Parley was relatively well behaved and reverent, and I know he felt the spirit of the occasion. Granny Vicki gave a great talk on baptism and the girls, along with cousins Sam and Ben, sang a primary song about baptism, which was very cute. When it was time for us to go in the water, Parley was so excited. He was thrilled at how warm the water was and once the ordinance was completed, he wanted to stay in the baptismal font to enjoy the warmth. In the dressing room afterwards, Parley was absolutely beaming. He kept saying how great it was, and told me a couple of times that this was the happiest day of his life. It was quite touching and almost brought me to tears. One comment I’ll always remember is when he said that his baptism was “like the best video game in the world.” That is his eight year old way of using a superlative. You see, in his mind, the best thing in the world is video games. So for him to compare the joy that comes from the best video game to baptism, is really something significant.
I am amazed at how simple the ordinance of baptism really is. It’s often prepared for for weeks, months or even years, and yet it’s over in less than 10 seconds. It’s a great symbol of the death, burial and resurrection of the Savior, and a reminder of the death of our old life and the beginning of a new one, in Jesus Christ. And while Parley hasn’t “changed” dramatically (still have the usual challenges with him), it is wonderful to know he has started down the path that will lead to eternal life in God’s celestial kingdom. I hope to live worthy enough to be there with him, and the rest of my little family pictured above. What incomprehensible joy that will bring!