Yesterday was a special day.
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of the significant occasions is the time when your baby is blessed (read more here). After 3 kids, I can say that it has been one of my favorite and most spiritual experiences.
Usually, the father of the baby, stands in a circle in the company of close friends and relatives who hold the priesthood and offers a prayer giving the child a name, and blessing him with things both spiritual and temporal.
I appreciate a husband who puts a lot of thought and prayer into these blessings. I know he seeks to say what Heavenly Father would have him say.
My mom took notes during the blessing so that we could remember some of the things said.
Sam was blessed with:
a strong, deep love for the Gospel
a love of the scriptures and prayer
the desire to put on the full armor of God and to recognize its protection, and live so it won't leave
the physical and spiritual strength to withstand challenges
the ability to recognize challenges as opportunities to develop and grow
a soft, kind and tender heart full of love to succor those in need that may cross his path
the ability to be a good friend - to look beyond outward appearances - and to be no respecter of persons
a life of good health to enjoy all the phases of life
the discernment to righteously select an eternal companion - someone that can be his friend and someone who brings out the best in him
a testimony of faith in the Savior and His atonement, and a promise this faith will give him confidence throughout life
a desire to be a good father
a closeness with his family, knowing that he can turn to them for guidance and direction
After church, we walked over to the temple (our ward building is right next to the temple) and took some pictures.
Then, everyone came back to our house for brunch.
We served fruit, a sausage and egg bake, and hot, fresh, fried scones with all the toppings.
Sam slept while we enjoyed.
(Lucy is decorated with the best Sacrament meeting entertainment around....STICKERS!)