We had a baptism at Bear Lake this year.
You see, in our church, when kids reach the age of eight they can choose to be baptized. They chose to make that covenant with God to follow Him, and remember Him in their actions and thoughts.
Often these baptisms take place in church buildings, but they can really take place anywhere. Max and Grace’s birthdays both worked out close to the summer and they chose to be baptized at Bear Lake. Lucy turned eight when we lived in China. She was baptized in a large pool in the basement of someone’s home there (no baptismal fonts in China since there are no church buildings there).
Max baptized her and it was a pretty special day.
This year, my nephew Dean had recently turned eight and chose to be baptized at Bear Lake.
It was a pretty beautiful morning.
His parents gave a good welcome:
My mom gave such an awesome talk all about baptism:
Love these cousins snuggling up together to listen:
It was pretty special to watch those two head out into that cold Bear Lake water and come back to this crowd on the beach just glowing.
Here are a bunch of others who have been baptized at Bear Lake over the years:
Yep, lots of them! And just imagine Max in that photo because he was baptized there too but had left to get back to work by this time.
We headed up to the “Lighthouse” for the confirmation when Dean got the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
It was a pretty beautiful blessing with all these people I love surrounding that glowing little boy.
Yes, Bear Lake holds some pretty sacred memories.
Thank you for choosing to be baptized at Bear Lake, Dean! We loved being with you on that special day!