Saturday, September 23, 2017

Katrina Baptized in the River Jordan

We had a very special occasion today -- Katrina was baptized! After church, we had several family members over including Nanny, Maria, Hannah (John's cousin), Brad and Shanna Olsen + their kids (Lani's cousin) as well as our distant cousins the Howells -- their son Adam was being baptized with Katrina.

Annemarie stole the show with her Challah bread.

We drove down to Qasr el Yahud, which is a traditional site of the where John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ. We were amazed at the incredible support of our branch. Several families came, in addition to about 40 students who proactively figured out how to charter vans and get themselves there at a significant cost. We appreciated the efforts everybody made to come.

We had a beautiful program, and then went down to the river Jordan.

The water looks a little dirty, but when you’re in it, it looks like a pretty green color. It was about 90 degrees outside, so the cool water felt refreshing. Katrina was absolutely radiant.

Siblings were supportive!

We were blessed to have Nanny and Marie with us for the special occasion.

My favorite part was spending time with Katrina afterwards by the edge of the water talking about Matthew 3 and 2 Nephi 31 as we discussed the Savior’s baptism, and her choice to follow the Savior.

As a coda to the day we stopped by Wadi Qelt on the way home. This site is likely near where Christ faced temptations after his baptism, and also an overlook where you can see the road from Jericho to Jerusalem -- the setting for the parable of the Good Samaritan. More on that site on a future field trip.

1 comment:

Shawna said...

What a wonderful day! Katrina looks so happy and I'm glad your mom and sister were there too. Please give Katrina a hug from us!