Amara wore a white dress- the same one Lily wore on her baptism day. Then, she and Steve got dressed into white jumpsuits for the actual baptism.
The white clothing represents cleanliness. When you are baptized you become clean and free from your sins and you make a 2 way promise with God that you will keep his commandments and he will forgive you of your sins. It's a rebirth, a new start, and a beautiful way to begin your journey dedicated to serving others and living as Jesus Christ would like us to.
She was a little nervous about being baptized, even though you couldn't tell. The baptism was witnessed by Amara's grandfather Art Christensen and her Uncle Matt Christensen. The talk on the Holy Ghost was given by Amara's grandfather, James Lauret to a congregation that consisted not only of Amara and all those who came to see her get baptised, but also those who came to see Brenton Phelps get baptized (which were not few in numbers). There were so many in attendance that they held the talks in the chapel, and then had the children and their group go separately for the actual baptism.
I asked her about her baptism, and this is what she said,
"We tried on the small clothes, and they were a teensy bit too small, so we tried on the mediums, but those didn't work either, they were too big. So, I had to wear the small one that didn't exactly fit me.
"And then, once I finally got my clothes on, I went to the font and I saw dad waiting. And once he said it was time to get into the water, I went down the steps into the water. While I went into the water, it felt like a bathtub. It was warm. I wished I could stay in there forever so I could be warm. Then once dad dunked me under, I felt the spirit, and I hadn't felt it before, but when that happened I learned what it felt like."She also said,
"My favorite thing at the luncheon was Aunty April's famous chocolate chip cookies and Aunty Mandy's fluff."I was so preoccupied with other things, I got so few pictures of the people that were there and the wonderful luncheon that we had afterwards. I'm a bit disappointed that I didn't think ahead, but if any of my family has more pictures they can send me, I'd love to have them.
|Mom and April setting things up|
|Getting things ready for the luncheon held at the pavilion at the Stake Center.|
|The tables were decorated with my mom's bright tablecloths and streamers.|
|a few of the gifts to Amara. The book is actually about a girl named Amara who was getting baptized. Her grandma Debby got that one for her.|
We were glad that we could spend time and visit with so many family members that day.