Gavin’s baptism was Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at our Stake Center in Bellevue. Since there are so many kids in the stake, all the eight-year-olds are baptized on the second Saturday of the month. After Megan’s very personal experience, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the idea of a stake baptism, but I thought it was wonderful.
We started out in the chapel (Gavin, the five other kids getting baptized, including Dalton, and their families and friends). I actually volunteered to play the piano and organize a musical number, which I did because I wanted to be a part of the program, but in hindsight I kind of wish I had been able to relax and sit by Gavin the whole time. Megan and Bryant sang “If The Savior Stood Beside Me.” Holly accompanied on the piano and I on flute. I’m not sure how Bryant did, because he seemed too nervous to get close to the microphone, but Megan, never afraid of a microphone, sang beautifully. After a talk on baptism, the first group of three kids went to the Primary Room to get baptized, and we had a talk on confirmation and the Holy Ghost. Then, we went into the Primary Room. Gavin was the first in our group to get baptized, and Christopher performed the ordinance. Ben and Logan watched up close with the rest of the young kids. Megan cried. Then Dalton and a girl named Carli were baptized. We sang some hymns while they got dressed, then they performed the confirmations in reverse order: Carli, Dalton, then Gavin. Lynn had to take Logan out and Ben was playing with someone’s phone. Megan cried harder. Later, I spotted them with her arm around him and his head on her shoulder. One of our friends snapped a picture.
After a few more brief speakers, we were done. We went outside, where it was amazingly sunny, took some pictures, and headed back home for a family dinner. Jansen and Holly and crew (Lucy, Mia, and Hank); Corey and Pam; and Stan and Lynn were there. We had South Carolina style BBQ (pulled pork with mustard sauce) with rolls, mac & cheese, potato salad, and a fruit and veggie tray. Gavin received some gifts from everyone: a picture book called White Shirts and a lollipop from Jansen and Holly; a tie and plaque from his grandma and grandpa; orange chocolate sticks from Corey and Pam; and scriptures and a journal from his parents. Logan, Ben, and Hank took naps. The older kids played outside. Christopher took all the adults in the garage to shoot his airsoft Glock. Toward the end of the day, we walked to the playground and let the kids run around until the sun set. It was the perfect end to a great day for Gavin.