Saturday, March 17, 2007

Robyn's baptism

Yesterday Ron and I were invited to the 15th birthday and baptism of Robyn, Gaialynn's daughter. We drove to Den Bosch in the afternoon. Robyn was very pleased to see us. Several guests were already there. Wonder arrived just in time, because he had worked until 4pm.

Around 6pm we went to Eindhoven, where the baptism would take place in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also called Mormons). The only things I knew about this religion are from movies (the men are allowed to have more women as their wife, the members have to give a tenth of their income to the church). Therefore it was an honour and unique experience to be present at an occasion like this. Gaialynn is a witch, her parents are Mormons. Robyn is a member of the Young Women group of the LDS.

The baptism service started at 7.30pm. Robyn wore a beautiful dress that Gaialynn made for her; she looked like a fairy princess or an elf. Mother and daughter made a pretty pair. For the baptism itself we had to go to another room, where the (big!) font was. The Mormons baptize by complete immersion. Robyn was baptized by her granddad. Unforunately I couldn't see the event, but it was special just being there. Several people from the LDS (elders, brothers, sisters and president) spoke, we sang psalms and the Young Women sang "Arise and shine forth" for Robyn. Robyn herself has a wonderful voice too. She sang "In your hands" with her brother Anthony. After they finished their little sister Gillian joined them for a nice pic.

After the service there was soup with buns and all kinds of delicacies. Ron, Wonder and I went outside. Gaialynn made a picture of the three of us. I made a picture of her with them. Doesn't she look fabulous?? She lost 90 kilogrammes after her weight loss surgery. I wouldn't want to change places with her because she went through a lot to get this far, but her figure is stunning. Afterwards we went back to Gaialynn's home and around midnight we drove home.

more pics in Gaialynn's albums (scroll down to "Robyn's doop en verjaardag")


  1. Wat een mooie naam, Robyn, en die jurk was inderdaad schitterend.
    En negentig kilo afgevallen?! Wow, dat is pas een prestatie!
    Hoe gaat het eigenlijk met jouw gezondheid?

  2. Anonymous31/7/08 23:51

    Just to clear up your knowledge of the "Mormon" LDS church. The men are not allowed to have more then one woman. We often get confused with the reorganized church often know as "polygmist" I just wanted to clear that up with you. I am glad you were able to go and witness the baptism.

  3. Thanks for clearing that up! I'm always willing to learn about other religions.


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