Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 was an amazing day!
Our oldest daughter, McKenna Jean, chose to be baptized! She woke up excited and nervous. We got to the church around 10:20 and set up the room for the lunch. Bro. Turley conducted the service. Aunt Sarah Jane led the music and cousin Emma played the piano. The opening song was "Baptism" and Grandma Kelly gave the opening prayer followed by Grandpa Mike giving a talk about baptism. He spoke about our relationships in life and how we need to strengthen our relationship with our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. We then had a special musical number sung by all of McKenna's available cousins, "I Love to See the Temple." Next, Grandpa Webster gave a talk on the Holy Ghost. He spoke about our covenants with Heavenly Father.
We went to the font in the Primary room where both grandpas were the witnesses. I went with McKenna back to the font on the girls' side and had to practically hold her back from getting in the font so quickly (she was pretty excited). I wanted her to wait for her dad to signal her and hold her hand while walking down the steps. Dan then baptized her. When she came out of the water she mostly mentioned how cold she was and that the jumpsuit felt really heavy. :) We blow dried her hair while everyone in the chapel waited for us and watched a few Mormon message videos. Dan then confirmed McKenna a member of the church and gave her the gift of the Holy Ghost. The circle of priesthood holders consisted of Great Grandfather (Pres. Nelson), Great Grandpa Condie, Grandpa Webster and Grandpa Mike, Uncles David, Brian, Jake Winegar, Sam, Adam, and Jonathan. McKenna hugged everyone in the circle then Grandfather took her up to the podium with him as he delivered the closing remarks. He had her imagine with him that they were going on a picnic and walking down a road. They come to a fork in the road and he asked her which way they should go. She answered to choose the right. He agreed and added to it by saying if we know where we want to end up (with Heavenly Father) then we will always know which way to go and what choices to make. The closing song was "I'm Trying to be Like Jesus" and Grandma Sylvia gave the closing prayer. Everyone who attended was also invited to write little notes to McKenna. We have them all saved in a special book. :)
All the cousins singing "Temples." Anna didn't want to cooperate.
Some pictures from the luncheon and nice gifts McKenna received (flowers from her sweet primary teacher and a handmade doll from Grandma Kelly with a dress made from the same fabric our girls' blessing dress was made from).
The menu: hot dogs, chips, pasta salad, fruit, sara salad, celery with PB and chocolate chips, rice krispie treats and grandma Sibber made cupcakes.
We're so grateful for so many family and friends who came to support us and McKenna! My heart was filled with so much JOY I thought it might burst!
Monday night, the 14th, Dan attended the Foster Family night at the Utah Grizzly game and had to step in to do the ceremonial puck drop.
I also took dinner that night to my friend Sarah Moulton who just had a baby.
Tuesday I went visiting teaching. Anna had preschool learning about the letter Jj. They did experiments with jelly beans and lots of jumping.
That afternoon we had a little photoshoot with cousins Katie and Whitney for a Christmas present for grandma and grandpa Webster. We took pictures of all three of the girls in their baptism dresses.
Here's the collage we gave them.