We believe in baptism by immersion and we don't baptize children as babies because we believe that they are not accountable then. When they reach the age of accountability (age 8) they can choose to be baptized. Here is a scripture about that from the Book of Mormon:
Moroni 8:11 And their little children need no repentance, neither baptism. Behold, baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the remission of sins.
A man who holds the priesthood can perform the ordinance of baptism, so Talia's Daddy baptized her. During baptism, the person being baptized and the person performing the baptism wear white clothing. We found this pretty white dress for Talia and went out to get some photos of her wearing it, to remember this special event in her life by. (We knew it would be FREEZING cold when her 8th birthday rolled around, so we went out early for these photos ;)
There is a song about baptism that we like to sing in our home called "When I Am Baptized" (but we call it the rainbow song). These are the lyrics:
1. I like to look for rainbows whenever there is rain
And ponder on the beauty of an earth made clean again.
I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain.
I want to be the best I can and live with God again.
2. I know when I am baptized my wrongs are washed away,
And I can be forgiven and improve myself each day.
I used a little Photoshop magic to add a rainbow to one of the photos I took and I love the way that it represents a lot to us when we look at it, about the meaning behind baptism.
Well, I wanted to share these photos with you and to briefly explain a bit about LDS Baptism so that you would understand what I'm talking about when I refer to Talia's baptism in a couple of future posts :) This blog isn't all about mormon beliefs, but if you have questions about them, you're welcome to ask me in comments or by email.