Our oldest son was baptized on February 9th, 2008. In our church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), we don't baptize our children when they are babies, but instead wait until they are eight years old. Isaac turned eight this past August 2007. Why wasn't he baptized then? We waited for two reasons really.
One: Isaac has autism and was still learning about baptism, it's meaning, etc when he celebrated his eighth birthday. Two: I want all of our children to be baptized because they want to - not because Mommy or Daddy want them to. I am a convert to the Church and was baptized when I was sixteen years old. Every day, converts of all ages are baptized as members of our Church. Just before his birthday, my hubby and I asked Isaac if he'd like to get baptized, but he said he wasn't ready yet. So I sat back and patiently waited to see what would happen.
At the end of this past December, our family attended tithing settlement with our Bishop. Just after the opening prayer, Isaac turned to our Bishop and said, "Guess what, Bishop? I'm eight years old and I'm getting baptized!" I was shocked. I think my jaw dropped and stayed there for at least a good five minutes. During those five minutes, I listened as our inspired Bishop talked with Isaac about baptism, why he wanted to get baptized, and what Isaac needed to do next. It was a moment of peace and the sweet feeling of the Spirit filled the room.
Fast foward six weeks and here we are at Isaac's baptism date. He helped us plan everything - music, talks, prayers, and who was invited to attend. We kept the service small, simple, and totally focused on Isaac. I especially thought his music selections were awesome. We sang The Wise Man and The Foolish Man, I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus, and I Am a Child of God - all of which are some of his favorites. Isaac asked his seven year old sister to talk about baptism and the Holy Ghost, his little three year old brother to say the opening prayer, and Mom to say the closing prayer. Dad performed the baptism and confirmation. I was so impressed by Isaac's reverence during his baptism service. He really understood what an important step he was taking. I could feel Heavenly Father's love for Isaac.
I am so grateful Isaac is a part of our family. There have been many, many times in the last eight years when I've seen just how much Isaac is loved by his Heavenly Father through the special blessings he receives. He's a great example to me, my hubby, and each of our kids.
Below this post, there's a small photo album from Isaac's baptism. Enjoy!