Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dylan's Baptism

February isn't a great time for get togethers and traveling, so we decided to wait for summer to get Dylan baptized.

He was baptized by Doug, in St. Ignatius, MT, on July 5th.

The meeting was conducted by his Grandpa, Chuck Winter.
Aunt Christina West played the music, and great-Grandma Elda Joy was the chorister.
Papa Umpy gave the talk on baptism.
Papa Umpy and Papa Chuck were the witnesses.
His dad performed the confirmation,
with Michael L. Umphrey, Michael K. Umphrey, Charles Winter, Paul West
and Bishop Alan Mikkelsen standing in.
I gave the talk on the Holy Ghost.
Grandmas Valerie Umphrey and Katy Winter
gave the opening and closing prayers.
A few family members didn't make it,
either due to illness or distance,
but we remembered them, too,
and were grateful all over again
on Dylan's special day
that he has such a large and amazing support system around him. 
There was an amazing Spirit present,
and I think Dylan will remember it.

He is known and loved
by some pretty remarkable people,
and most of all by a Heavenly Father who cherishes him.
In the confirmation blessing,
he was reminded that Heavenly Father knows his challenges
and his strength,
and if he pays attention to the Spirit,
the wonderful new gift of constant companionship,
he'll help him navigate life.
Which can be a pretty tricky thing to do.

These little monkeys are my favorite things in the whole wide world.
It was good to be reminded of that.

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