Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ella's Baptism Day: January 14, 2012

Ella had a wonderful baptism day. On January 14, 2012, she was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We were very grateful to both sets of grandparents(and Uncle Mark!) for coming for this special day. This is right up there with wedding day in our eyes so its really important to our family! And we are also so grateful to the friends that took the time out of their day to share it with us as well. Thank you!

So why is baptism so important? We believe that baptism is the very first step in returning to live back in the presence of our Heavenly parents and Jesus Christ. Without baptism, you can't return back home. And by being baptized, you are following the example of the Savior when he lived on the Earth. He showed us the way in all things. So we are very proud of Ella for making this choice!! She is such a good example of righteousness to her family and friends. 

Joey did a wonderful job baptizing her and confirming her a member. He always gives the best blessings. He is such an amazing dad! Afterwards a few friends, along with our family, celebrated with a light meal and cake. It was lots of fun. And Ella was also blessed with special gifts from family members and friends. Nana & Tata gave her a beautiful personalized piece of artwork from my good blog friend, Marie, who lives in England. It was perfect!! Looked just like Ella, even down to the dress she wore. My mom made Ella a beautiful wrist corsage and bought & personalized her baptism book for her-she did such a great job. It turned out so cute!! We bought her a James Avery charm bracelet and charm(this is what we've decided to do for the girls for their baptism day). First charm will always be "CTR" and then through the years we'll buy them special charms that are specific to them. They love it!

I know this was a special day Ella will always remember.


Marie Rayner said...

Congratulations to Ella for having made this special covenant with her Heaveny Father! How pretty she is in her lovely dress. I am glad that she liked the painting. It was nice to be a part of this special time, even in that small way. You are so blessed to be able to bring your children up in the Gospel. I sure wish I had been able to. What a difference it would have made. Love and hugs to all the Duenas family! xxoo

Cynthia said...

Very beautiful indeed. Ella was very elegant in all she did that day. Her beauty showed even more in her sweet spirit and her beautiful smile. We were glad to have been able to attend and feel of her spirit and suppor her decision to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Emily said...

She looks so pretty! I wish we could have been there. Looks like a really neat baptism.

jOeY said...

we are so blessed to have so many wonderful children. love seeing that pic of all of us. makes me smile.