Charlotte's Baby Blessing
15 January 2017
Last Sunday, Ryan blessed Charlotte. It was such a special blessing; I really loved listening to his words for her. And I loved seeing my brothers and my dad stand in the circle around her. They braved some terrible weather to drive down for her blessing. After the meeting, we were all laughing about how high the men bounce the baby during the blessing. Then afterwards the baby is always held up like Simba on the Lion King. Charlotte's debut in front of the congregation was so classic. Her dress was long and beautiful, and her little face was looking all around with her lips pouted out, just like usual. So cute!
Days like yesterday really highlight the Plan of Salvation, families, love, and eternity.
Below is her blessing, which I've recorded so Charlotte can look back on it when she's older. I love that my mom recorded mine to read back on.
We hold this infant in our arms to give her a name and a blessing. The name by which she will be known on the records of the church and throughout her life is Charlotte Rae--. Charlotte, at this time, we wish to give you a blessing. We bless you that you will always be able to know of and feel the incredible love that your Father in Heaven has for you, the love that your parents have for you, and the love that your family and friends have for you. I bless you that throughout your life, you will be able to place your value not on what the world thinks but that you will place your value on the fact that you are a Daughter of your Father in Heaven and to always know and remember that you have a divine birthright. Charlotte, I bless you that you will be able to have a bright mind, a bright intellect, that you will able to do well in school, that you will be able to learn a lot throughout your life, that you will be able to have a strong and healthy body, that you will be safe from serious harm and injury. I bless you that you will able to be close to the Spirit throughout your life, that you will able be able to be in touch with the guidance that your Father in Heaven has for you. I bless that you will be a woman of faith, that you will be able to trust upon your Father in Heaven, that you will be able to trust your parents. I bless you that you will be able to be patient with your parents as we learn how to raise you, that you will be an example to your younger brothers and sisters who are to come, that you will be a help to your parents, especially your mother, with younger siblings. I bless you that you will be able to stay close to the Gospel, that you will be able to have a firm testimony, that you will marry in the temple, have a happy marriage, and children of your own. And that when the time comes when you leave this life that you will be able to stand before your Father in Heaven and hear the words, "Well done thou good and faithful servant." I bless you that you will be a powerful force for good in the world as we prepare for the Second Coming of the Savior, that you can do your part in the Abrahamic Covenant to help bring your Brothers and Sisters unto Christ. I bless you with these things and all else that your Father sees fit to bestow upon you at this time.
Upward and onward,