Talvyn turned 8 on July 17, 2012. He then was old enough to enter the waters of baptism. On August 4th, 2012. Talvyn choose to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was confirmed promptly after. We had lots of friends and family come to celebrate with us. We are so proud of Talvyn and his goodness. He really desires to be obedient.
Wrangler and Jesica (who were at a baptism in Rigby that morning and made it back just in time to surprise everyone), Dina, Daesha, Drew, Emily, Chris, DeAnna, Julia, Becca, Katie, Jacob, G&G Fuhrmann, G&G Williams, Garret, Larissa, Braiden and Paxson.
Chuck and Di Cluff (his nursery leaders that made him never want to graduate to Sunbeam class)
Bishop Brinkerhoff and Clara Mae Brinkerhoff
He was able to choose a song (Gethsemane), but they didn't want that one so he chose instead (Nephi's Courage). Mommy had to give a highlight/talk about Talvyn:
Spot Light on Talvyn
Talvyn’s first day of primary was an introduction to the new theme “I am a Child of God.” Unfortunately he was so upset about having to leave Nursery that he did not enjoy the experience. On the way home, with his “I am a Child of God” medallion around his neck he said: “I hate being a child of God.”
Despite that rocky start to his primary career, we know he loves the principles of the gospel. For example, once, when he was 3 years old and he did something dangerous we told him that he could die doing that. He simply replied, “that’s okay because I can be resurrected.”
On another occasion we found out that he understands the concept of the pre-mortal life when he told us that Jesus told him to be good in primary before he came to earth.
He also knows we have a prophet on the earth today, President Monson; but that he’s not the same as our other president, the one with the darker skin.
He knows that Jesus lives today and one day explained this principle to his first grade class! After an Easter egg hunt at school, his teacher asked the class which of the eggs was their favorite. Talvyn explained that the best Easter egg is an empty one because it represents the empty tomb.
He knows that we should love one another. And when asked how we can do that, he simply replied, “by not killing them.”
Talvyn wants to serve a mission and already has several ideas as to where he would like to serve. He has mentioned India, Mars, and our favorite: the Death Star. He wants to convert Darth Vader.
We are blessed to have this clever little man in our home and are so glad that he has chosen to be baptized even if he does have to do it in front of people.