To Alora on Her Baptism

We believe that man will be punished for his own sins and not for Adam’s transgression. Pearl of Great Price, Articles of Faith vs 2

May 12, 2012

Our granddaughter, Alora, was baptized on Saturday.    In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that children are free of sin until they reach the age of accountability.  Their salvation is assured through Jesus Christ and, therefore, no baptism is required.  (Moroni 8:14-20)

This past week, Alora reached the eight years old.  She is mature enough to discern right from wrong and control her behavior.  She has decided to be baptized, to take upon her the name of Christ, and to be confirmed a member of the Church.  This is a day for which all members pray, that their children will set their feet upon the path of righteousness of their own volition.  It is a day of great joy.

To commemorate the occasion, Dallas and I bought Alora a set of scriptures, one book which includes the Old and New Testaments, the Book of Mormon, and the Pearl of Great Price.  Inside the front cover, we wrote our personal testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the importance of scriptures in her life.  The following are those words:

Dear Alora,

Of all the gifts you could receive, these scriptures are the most precious, second only to redemption through our Savior, Jesus Christ. These scriptures are a gift from our Heavenly Father because He loves you and wants you to return to live with Him and His Son forever. These books are His words to you to guide you home. When you read them with a prayer in your heart, you will know He loves you and these words are His words just for you.

We want you to know how much we love you and how proud we are of you for taking this important step in your life, knowing that you are striving to return to Heavenly Father and be with us as a forever family. That is our greatest wish for you and all of us.

We know the Book of Mormon is true and Heavenly Father prepared it for us through his prophets. We know Joseph Smith is a prophet, as is President Thomas S. Monson. Our greatest gift we can give you is our testimony of Jesus Christ. He is our Lord and Savior, and only through Him can we return to our Heavenly Father. Reading these pages and pondering them in your heart will lead you to the same testimony.

You are our great joy.

Nanny & Papaw

A Yearning for Truth

July 16, 2008

Dearest Son,

The following is a letter that I started to write you on Sunday during Sunday School (the foyer, for once, was quiet and deserted). The rest I finish today with all my hopes and prayers that it may be of use to you somehow as you endeavor to bring those around you unto Christ.

Gosh. I wish there was some way I could convey to you the power of today’s sacrament meeting. I must have heard Brother Keller wrong when I understood Ben to be speaking today (I thought at the time that it seemed rather early, considering his recent return home), or, Brother Keller could have simply been Brother Keller. At any rate, the McAvoys spoke, a relatively new couple in the ward, married six or seven years and 40-ish. It was simple and simply powerful and moved everyone in that room.

Sister McAvoy spoke about being raised in the Church, her earliest recollections of feeling the witness of the Spirit (when quite young), and gaining her own testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. She thought it a bit vague to say, “I know this Church is true,” and expounded on the definition of truth and all we imply when we use that well-known phrase. Continue reading