In our church, eight is a very important age! It’s then that kids reach what we call “the age of accountability”, are formally baptized and become official members of the church.This is a choice they make on their own and they take it very seriously! Last Saturday our little twins Oliver and Silas who just turned eight, went through their own very serious right of passage. And were they ever excited and prepared for that commitment!
Even though we knew they were well-prepared for the big event, we brought a book about baptism to read before we went to the church which grandfather promptly read to them. There is a scripture reference on every page and the cute guys scurried to get their scriptures to look up the references and read them to each other. So cute!
Luckily we had our little Annina (Tal and Anita’s baby) with us since her parents are in Hawaii. She is adored by her cousins and she was delighted to see them too.
Finally the big moment arrived. Since the twins’ Dad is a brand new bishop of their ward he had the opportunity to interview them, give a talk, baptize and confirm them and pretty much everything else, including rescue his sister whose car broke down at 2 a.m.as she was trying to get to the baptism from Northern Idaho. Jared got up and traveled about an hour to rescue them which included getting a new part and getting the car to the shop before the baptism. Crazy day! That Dad is a true champion!
Their Mom, Saren is way past amazing! She had these brilliant little guys ready in every way plus accomplishing the small task of not not only getting their other three kids to their basketball games and birthday parties before the baptism (at 4:00) as well as preparing her home and a wonderful meal for about 40-50 friends and relatives after the baptism.
It was a pretty amazing day! One that we’ll never forget! There were about 30 members from the Loosli Family, since our kids are all over the country as well as four couples who just happened to be in Hawaii. One family lives there and the others were sent there as a reward from their company (Imagine Learning) since they all reached their substantial sales quotas this year (along with several other people in the company). Anyway, the bottom line was that Grandfather and Grammie had to hold down the fort the Eyre Family.
Silas (on the left) is wearing the baptism outfit that Richard’s mother made for him 60 years ago when he was baptized. That’s because his whole name is Silas Richard Eyre Loosli. Oliver is named for his Dad’s father who passed away a couple of years ago. They were both happy with that arrangement!
What fun we had reconnecting with the Loosli family though. They are a stellar bunch!
The food was scrumptious (desserts especially appreciated by the boys) and everything together made it a wonderful day to remember!
To see more and read the adorable letters that the twins wrote in their journals that night about their special day click here.