AUGUST 21st, 2011- BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION DAY
I thought what a better day to talk about the day I was baptized then on my birthday! On August 21st, 2011 I experienced a rebirth and it was fist pumping good!
On Saturday August 20th, I had to go into work. All I could think about all day was the next day. I knew the next day I was going to be baptized and confirmed a member of the Community of Christ Church. I ended up having to work until about 8:00 that night. During work, I got a text from my mother in law that she wanted me to come over. I think we both had the same concern. After all, my mother in law was the one who was performing the baptism. If you don't know, I am a fairly large man. I was wondering how my mother in law was going to do this. So at 10:00 that night Misty and I went to her house and got in their pool, which was freezing cold, to practice dunking. After a couple of successful dunks, we both felt better we could pull this off. My big concern was not being able to get back up out of the water, and I would be just splashing around like crazy in there.
Sunday, August 21st, it was the big day. As I got dressed that morning in my white button up and khaki's, I was reflecting on me how big of a day this was. I wanted to be sure I was in the front row. I was excited to get this going.
At the beginning of the service, Bruce Watson mentioned how a lady Misty didn't know was hugely impacted by Misty's blogs. I was so proud and pleased with Misty that her words inspired someone she didn't even know. Misty is truly a disciple through her words. I am very blessed to have her as my wife.
Then the baptisimal charge started. I was extremely honored be sharing this day with Rachel who was also being baptized. Jeff Kramer did the baptisimal charge and he truly touched me. He said that by reading my blogs, it made him want to be a better husband. He truly made me feel like family. At one point, he had Rachel and I stand up and had the congregation repeat. He would say Troy's. The congregation would say family. I remember the moment, I stood up and faced the congregation, my body went numb and tingled. I could truly feel God's presence like I have never felt it before. It was truly the most amazing feeling I have ever felt.
I found out later on that Jeff, Eric, and Bruce were kind of back ups in case there was any trouble getting me back up to my feet. Somebody put a bug in their ear that there could be some issues. I think that was Daddy Corn! Also, I think Daddy Corn could have put a little more water in that font. :)
After my baptism, I got dressed really fast. Momma Corn realized I didn't button my shirt right so I had to go back and button up my shirt again. Misty wanted to make sure I looked good for my confirmation.
August 21 2011 marked the beginning of a new life for me!