My daughter recently turned 8, and chose to be baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was such a wonderful day. And of course, it reminded me of when I was baptized.
I, also, was baptized at 8, along with my mother and older sister by missionaries that taught us. First, my mother was baptized, then my sister, and then me. I think we were all confirmed in the same orders. I was baptized by Elder Stevenson, and confirmed by Elder Goslin. They were both from England. I remember how excited I was. The only other thing I remember is one of the missionaries throwing an apple in the air and it following to the ground.
I’m grateful the Spirit has always helped me remember my baptism. And more important, looking back 30 years later, I’m grateful for the things I learned while being taught by the missionaries that have made a difference in my life, such as the Word of Wisdom (the Lord’s law of health) and how to pray. Being able to pray meant I could receive answers from Heavenly Father when I needed them most.
President Thomas S. Monson said, “I have been thinking recently about choices. It has been said that the door of history turns on small hinges, and so do people’s lives. The choices we make determine our destiny.” “Choices,” Ensign, May 2016, 86.
My choice to be baptized was the beginning choice that has influenced my destiny more than any other. I hope my daughter’s remembers this choice and that it will bring her the same joy that my baptism has brought me.