Mark turned 8 today. It was a WONDERFUL day for our family.
Both sets of grandparents came from St. Louis. Aunt Laurel flew in from Salt Lake City. And Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Glen drove down from northern Virginia with their kids.
We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Mark has developed a strong faith in our Savior over the past 8 years. He's learned about repentance when he disobeys his parents or is mean to one of his siblings. He's prepared himself well. Today he was baptized...by immersion. And that says a lot about his faith. Because Mark has never gone under water before...even in the bathtub. It terrifies him. I don't know if that will change now. But he was brave and did very well today. Our oldest son was baptized.
After he was baptized, Mark was confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. Now he has the privilege of having the Holy Ghost as a constant companion. He's a good boy. And now he has a little more help to make this life successful.
It feels a little surreal that our oldest is now 8 years old.
Happy Birthday, Mark!