Sunday, August 31, 2014


Brooklyn is getting baptized in 6 days! She makes me so happy. She had her bishop interview today. Of course she was nervous, but just like everything else in her life she had fun with it. I am so proud of this girl. She is sweet. She is kind. She is beautiful inside and out. She is helpful. She is confident. She loves that she is a bit odd at times(So do I). She will do anything to get a laugh. She knows who she is. She knows she is special! I am blessed to be her mother. There are those days as a mother that you think will never come. This is one of those days. We have spent the last month really trying to teach her how important baptism is and reminding her of the promises she will make with her Heavenly Father on that day. As an adult you realize the importance of such a decision but as a child you are just so eager to do good. So although I know she does not comprehend all that her decision entails I see in her a desire to be like Jesus. I see it when she reads the kids a goodnight story. I see it when I am angry at something and she simply walks over to me to give me a hug and tells me she loves me. I see it when she puts aside what she is doing to play ninja turtles with the boys. I see it in her smile. I know her testimony of her Savior will grow just as mine has over the years.   

I hope someday she and all my kiddos will read this and know that I have a testimony of my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Ghost. I don't know when it came or what I did to deserve such a testimony but I have one. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves and knows me, who has blessed me continually. My blessings are obvious. They are my Husband, My children. My parents, My family. I know that my Heavenly Father sent his son to this earth. I know that Jesus set a perfect example for us. He taught us how to live. If we read the scriptures we are inspired to try to be like him. I know that after he taught us how to live he suffered for our sins. He then died for us. He died so we can experience hope. The hope that repenting give. The hope of being able to live with our Heavenly Father again. He died so that I could be a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a sister forever. He died so it does not end here. He died so our family can be eternal.  My gratitude for this sacrifice can not be expressed in any words I know, but it is felt deeply. 
Finally I am grateful for the Holy Ghost. I have never had an experience as others speak of where they actually heard a voice or had such an undeniable prompting, but I know he is there. The Holy Spirit is a constant companion of mine. He brings me peace always. He guides me in every decision I make and it is not until later that I realize that he was there with me. I know that it is because of the Holy Spirit that I am happy. I may get frustrated in difficult moments but I am a happy person. As I see others struggle with simply being happy I treasure the fact that I am. I know that the Holy Ghost has so much to do with my happiness and that is why I have such a strong testimony of him. My testimony is strong at times and weak at others, but whenever I sit down and look at my blessings I know I would not have any of them with out the gospel. If I had not been baptized, If I had not married such an amazing man in the temple, had I not read the scriptures and had a desire to be like my Savior, then I would not be happy. I would not have the beautiful children I have. I would not have the knowledge that I will be with my family eternally. That knowledge brings me such peace that I know it has to come from a loving God. It is exciting as a mom watching her little baby girl take that first big step in choosing to follow her Savior. My prayer is she will continue taking these steps and she will find happiness in it as well. 

These Pictures are with her best friend Kailyn! they are getting baptized at the same time! They are both so cute and so excited!!


1 comment:

Tiffany Alldredge Smith said...

She is SOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the Jesus is my "home boy" picture - made me laugh :) Miss you guys!! give her a hug from us!!