The eighth birthday is a special one in the LDS church. We believe that a child needs to be old enough to make the decision to be baptized and by age 8, they've reached the "age of accountability". With each of my children, I've seen firsthand the truth and inspiration behind that doctrine. At age 8, they just seem ready.
Cholita had been so excited for her special day. She was wearing the same dress her older sisters had worn at their baptism. Mr. XiXi was pretty excited for this day as well.
Cholita was happy to have some cousins in attendance. We'll be attending this cousin's baptism next week!
Cholita decided on the program. Her older brother and sister did a musical number, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing", she had dear friends give the closing prayer and a talk on the Holy Ghost, and asked XiXi to give the opening prayer and Rose to give the talk on baptism. Rose wrote her talk herself and was practicing out in the hall before we started. She did great and XiXi gave a sweet prayer asking that his sister "feel good about herself."
Cholita was baptized by her father.
She was nervous right before, but after she came out of the water, dripping wet, she said,
"I feel cold, but I feel so good!"
She changed into a beautiful "fancy" white dress afterward to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
It was especially wonderful that her older brother could participate in that ordinance.
We so love this girl and pray that she'll always remember this day and how good she felt with her decision.