On Saturday afternoon we met with the a young family to talk about Dan’s blessing of their baby. About two weeks ago they asked him if he would do the blessing since the dad is not a member of our church. We had a lesson about Christ blessing children and about how precious children are to the Lord. Then we talked about what would actually happen during the blessing. Finally we just talked to them about what their hopes and dreams are for their darling little son. It was a very nice meeting and we really feel close to this young couple. It reminded us of all the hopes and dreams we had for our children when they were newborn babies, and how grateful we were to have 4 healthy children. We got to attend a baptism later that day. Two young boys, about 11 and 13, are from an inactive family where the mom and dad are divorced. They spend weekdays with dad and weekends with mom. But through the missionaries, friends, and other family members the boys decided they wanted to be baptized. Many old friends from an Asian ward they had initially attended traveled some distance to attend and participate. It was a very sweet event. Afterwards two young Elders came over for dinner, which was excellent. These two are our Zone Leaders and are really outstanding young men. It was nice to get to know them better. Then we had a bell practice with them. The two of them, Lezlie and I, and the two sisters assigned to our ward are going to do a bell choir song for the Quantico Ward Christmas party. It was great fun practicing. The Elders had a great time and were laughing the whole time. We are thankful for the opportunities we have here to share our talents and enjoy the talents of others.
The highlight of church today was Dan getting to bless the baby Cooper. The 6 week old baby was almost 100% cooperative, and the spirit was felt strongly. The blessing felt very good. During it the mom and dad cried. At the very end, maybe the last 30 seconds, the baby started getting fussy and you could hear him winding up to really holler. But the Bishop started stroking his head and he held off. What a good baby. It was a wonderful experience and Dan felt honored and humbled to be asked to perform such a sacred ordinance for our friends. We are thankful for the Priesthood and the opportunities we have had to serve and to bring others closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ.
If you are reading this blog, we are thankful for the influence you have been in our life, and the interest that you take in us. Thanks. We love you and miss you.