Marisa has chosen to be baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and yesterday she was baptized by her dad surrounded by those who love her most. Grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, siblings, parents, Primary teachers and leaders. What a beautiful day for a beautiful girl in a beautiful occasion.
Leading up to her baptism I could tell Marisa was slightly nervous yet excited at the same time. The nerves kicked in more right before entering the water but once she locked eyes with her dad across the font, a big assuring smile came over her face and she went straight for him. A tender moment I am glad I got to witness. Of course, I got a little teary-eyed watching her get baptized. It is such a spiritual experience as a mother to be reminded of your own special day years ago, the beautiful promises and blessings that have been associated with that decision since then, and then to watch your own daughter start her own journey in life on the right path. To follow Jesus Christ.
It is my sincere prayer and deepest desire as her mother that she always stays close to Lord, always knows that He cares deeply about her, and that she always knows that she is Daughter of a Heavenly King. What powerful knowledge and source of confidence for a young girl!
I am humbled that Marisa is my daughter. I am proud of her every single of day. She really does want to do the right thing and has the sweetest spirit. Her presence reminds me to slow down more and try to focus on the bigger picture. I just love her so.