|From fall pics|
|From fall pics|
|From Kodak Pictures|
"Every member of the church of Christ having children is to bring them unto the elders before the church, who are to lay their hands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name."
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter=day Saints, we are blessed to have the direct guidance of the Lord Jesus Christ. The above words came straight from Him, in a revelation given to Joseph Smith in April of 1830. They are now part of our holy scripture, in the Doctrine and Covenants, section 20, verse 70. They are the reason why we give babies a blessing in front of the whole congregation during our sacrament meeting. I remember discovering these verses when I was studying at age 15 in seminary, the youth program of the Church which teaches the scriptures. Up until then I had thought that baby blessings were just some cool thing we did. They are more than that, they are based on revelation from Jesus Christ.
"And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents...And their children shall be baptized for the remission of their sins when eight years old, and receive the laying on of the hands." (D&C 68:25-27)
These words also come from Jesus Christ, in a revelation to Joseph Smith. It's why we baptize our children at age eight.
"The priest’s duty is to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and baptize, and administer the sacrament.." These are also words from Jesus Christ, in his revelation on how our church is governed. My firstborn just turned 16 so he had the privilege of baptizing my eight-year old.
What a red-letter day! One son, recently born, received his name and his blessing, and another son received the ordinance to allow him to be born into the kingdom of God. I know that God speaks to us these days through his son Jesus Christ, the head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have his words in the scriptures, thanks to Joseph Smith, a prophet called by God. It's really amazing when you stop to think about it.