My nephew EJ was baptized this morning, along with another eight-year-old boy. The room was packed with the family and friends of these two young boys, including my extended family - EJ's mom is my baby sister Elicia - and the families of both EJ's dad and EJ's new step-dad.
So much love in one room!
When I heard those words in the baptismal prayer today, I was struck by the immensity of God's love for us. His power is on the earth today because Jesus Christ bestowed the keys of His priesthood on Peter, James, and John, and that same authority has been passed down through the laying on of hands to those who hold the priesthood now - including EJ's dad, who baptized him. That God is willing to share His power with us, His children, is a wonderful blessing!
Following his baptism, by the authority of the priesthood and in the name of Jesus Christ, EJ was confirmed a member of the Church and told, "Receive the Holy Ghost." Each of us must strive in our daily lives to actually receive the Holy Ghost, as Elder David A. Bednar explained in an October 2010 address. How amazing to know that a member of the Godhead can actually be our "constant companion" (D&C 121:46) - a guide, a teacher, a comfort, a friend!
So much love!