Yesterday I had the chance to go with the rest of our family, to Bella’s baptism.
It was one of the most spiritual experiences of my life. I have been to many baptisms but Bella is so close to the veil that the spirit was undeniable.
Bella is my sweet niece that is a blessing to everyone she knows.
Bella is different, and beautiful.
She has special needs in areas of schooling and social,
but she is the most knowledgeable in the areas of love and true giving of herself.
These are far more important qualities if you ask me.
She greets everyone she meets with a huge hug, smile and unrestrained excitement. She is mischief maker and ALWAYS into something and I have MANY hilarious/classic stories to tell about my Bella,
but today I get to share with you, the essence of Bella.
I was privileged to be the one who spoke on receiving the Holy Ghost.
I didn’t want to give just any talk, I wanted it to be special like she is.
Bella has an amazing memory, so I wanted it to be wholly focused on her.
Luckily, there were so many kids being baptized, they split everyone up into different rooms in the chapel. We were lucky to have our own personal service with family and close friends of the Singer family.
It was perfect.
When I walked into the room, Bella was getting her picture taken with her dad.
She looked SO EXCITED, I half expected her to fly away! My kids were the same on their baptism day, but Bella was BEAMING with anticipation. She was sticking her neck out in the picture to portray this.
We were all giggling and tearing up at the same time.
I knew if I cried during my talk, she might be confused and think I was sad.
It took everything I had, to hold it together as I looked into her beautiful face and delivered my message.
I am going to post the outline of my talk below. It didn’t flow exactly like this because I didn’t read it to her. This was just my guideline. The reason I share it is because she was actually talking out loud to me in response to what I was teaching her!
Usually we all sit quiet and listen to the speaker, but not Bella!
She wanted to be engaged. It was the cutest thing ever and everyone witnessing was so touched.
I will highlight in red the things she said to me. It isn’t exact because I can’t remember it all but it went something like this…
After you are baptized today Bella, you will be confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In this special blessing, you will receive the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is a very special gift that our Heavenly Father gives to help us choose the right and be comforted during hard times in our life. Bella, I want you to remember this day the rest of your life. Heavenly Father gave you some very special clues on your body, so that every time you look into the mirror, you can be reminded.
(OK!! Aunt Janae!)
A MOUTH can remind you that the Holy Ghost speaks in a still small voice. He is a good example to us of using a calm voice when we are talking to our brothers and sisters. Remember to speak nice words and the Holy Ghost will stay with you always. (Giggling loudly)
EARS can remind you to listen to the Holy Ghost because he will guide you and help you to choose the right. We have two ears and one mouth because it is more important to listen than to talk sometimes. Always remember to listen to your mom and dad because they will tell you things that will help you stay safe. (OK! I will listen to them!)
Ok Bella, we talked about our mouth and ears. Next lets talk about our eyes.( I will remember!). Our EYES can remind us that we need to read our scriptures everyday because when we do, the Holy Ghost will stay with us and help us to choose the right. It will also help us to look around and see the beautiful things in the world that Heavenly Father has given us. He wants us to be happy, so remember to always look for the good every day and not the bad. You will feel the Holy Ghost stronger if you do.
Our HEART can remind you that sometimes you won’t hear the Holy Ghost, but you will feel a warm feeling in your heart. The heart can also remind you that because Heavenly Father and Jesus love you, they have given you the very special gift of the Holy Ghost to help you return to live with them someday.
Our HANDS can be a reminder of serving people around us. Service makes you happier than anything else, so remember to help your family and friends whenever you can. This will also help you to feel happy inside. (Laughing aloud)
Our KNEES can help us remember to pray. Sometimes we have a hard day and feel like crying. If take the time to ask our Heavenly Father for help, The Holy Ghost will comfort us and help us feel better. If we are scared, we can pray and he will make us feel better. Do you remember how you feel at the cabin when all of your family is around the fire and you feel SO happy? (YES Aunt Janae!! I do!) OK, THAT is how it feels when the Holy Ghost is with you!
Every time you look at your FEET, I want you to remember that if you follow all of these things, you will be walking straight back to your Heavenly Father where we can live together forever with our families. Always remember to listen to the Holy Ghost throughout your life and you will be happy!
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
It was so precious.
I wish I could have recorded it perfectly in my mind but the details are already slipping.
I get so frustrated sometimes when I want to hold onto memories
but they fade so quickly.
Our closing song was “I Believe in Christ”. It was powerful, not only because the words in the song are amazing but also because
Bella was singing louder than the whole congregation combined!
Her passion was unbridled as she boomed her testimony for all to hear.
I was so impressed and felt the power of such a strong little girl.
Bella will truly change lives for the better. To be as a child. To be like Bella, innocent and pure.
So many of us loose that. I wish we all had just a little piece of Bella in us.
We all have a lot to learn from her.
Thanks J for the tribute to my daughter. She is the love of my life and has taught me so much. Her baptism was amazing and I know it was meant to be. There was some controversy over whether or not we should baptize her because of her condition. I know the Lord accepted this and that the Holy Ghost will help her in her life. That power can never be underestimated.
Here's a funny Bella-ism: Whenever Tiff or I get frazzled, she'll say, "don't get upset." Then she'll make a pseudo yoga move with her hands and say, "ummmmmmmmmm. ummmmmmmmmm," so as to calm me down. Sometimes she'll grab this round glass paperweight off my nightstand and say, "ummmmmmmm to the ball." It's priceless.