This evening Karen and I, along with Myra, went to Brooklyn's Baptismal Preview at the Meadowland Stake Center. It was a nice, relatively short meeting. The spirit was there and it was very inspiring. In all, the Oakwood Ward has 16 children turning 8 this year, so it was the most crowded Baptismal Preview I've ever been to (only the 3rd one at that, but still ... it was a LOT of people).
Anyway, I was caught up in reflecting on how quickly time flies. Brooklyn is already 7 years old and in September she will be the 3rd child in our family that I will have the honor and pleasure of baptizing into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am so grateful for my testimony of the truthfulness of our Heavenly Father's plan for us on this earth. I am humbled by my ability as an imperfect man to hold the Priesthood and, with it, to be able to perform sacred acts that transcend this mortal existence.
I am not one to proselyte to others in any way that would make them feel like I was trying to convince them of what I know to be true. But I will not deny my faith in my Savior Jesus Christ, nor will I ever be unwilling to share my testimony of Him with anyone who is sincerely interested ... even if their interest is just informational and not for the consideration of changing religions or anything of that sort.
Thank you to all who read this, and to my non-Mormon friends I will close with this: What I have I will gladly share. If you have questions or are interested, simply ask. The spirit of our Heavenly Father never accomplishes anything out of force. It is by patience, meekness, and love unfeigned. I strive for those qualities myself. Amen!