Our mission president encouraged us to take a few days away to attend a special family event. So yesterday, we drove South across the border, and then about 6 hours East to Spokane, Washington,
where today, our beautiful granddaughter Maggie VanderLouw (center, all white) was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church and given the Gift of the Holy Ghost by her dad, Ray.
Then, per our family tradition, we assembled our mock-up Celestial gate...
...and Maggie added her signature to the gate, symbolizing her qualification for entry into the Celestial Kingdom.
For those who are not LDS, our doctrine stipulates the ordinance of baptism by priesthood authority as the gateway into into The Kingdom of God, or the Celestial Kingdom. Baptism is symbolic of rebirth, available to those who thereby accept Christ as Savior and commit to follow Him throughout their lives, repenting as often as need be, to allow the saving grace of His atonement to work in their lives. We believe, and invite all to come unto Christ.