Posted by: monsonmadness | April 14, 2013

Hannah’s baptism and Grace’s baby blessing

Yesterday was a very special day for our family. Hannah was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Grace received her baby blessing.

All three of our children who have been baptized have had very different experiences! Matthew was baptized in North Wales with about 100 people there, mostly friends who were not of our faith who came to show love and support.

Benjamin was baptized in American Samoa with his best friend Charlie.

Now Hannah was baptized in Midway, Utah in a small and simple service with just her family. There were 19 of us there altogether, our family, my Mum, Michael’s parents, his sister and her family, the Bishop, and a member of the Primary Presidency.

Hannah was so excited and felt like a princess in her beautiful white dress. She wore a plumeria (Samoan flower) behind her ear, and we covered her purple cast with some cut up white tights (aren’t I a genius?)

Michael’s Mom played the piano with Matthew leading the music. Daniel said the opening prayer. Michael’s Dad gave an amazing talk, and then Hannah was baptized by Michael. She said that the water was FREEZING!!! After she was dressed, Matthew and I sang a duet, and then all of our kids and Hannah’s cousins sang another song. My Mum gave a great talk, and then Hannah was confirmed a member of the Church and received the Holy Ghost.

Next Grace Elena was blessed. She wore the gorgeous dress that my Mum had spent hours knitting for her.

After that, Hannah bore her testimony and so did the Bishop. Benjamin said the closing prayer.

It was a great service and the Spirit was very strong.

Since all of the Monson family were together, and since it was also Grandma and Grandpa’s wedding anniversary, we decided to keep celebrating for the rest of the day. We came home and had lunch together, then the big kids played at the clubhouse while the small kids napped. After naps we went to the pool, and then had dinner and cake together.

I am so proud of Hannah, she tries really hard to make the right choices. She is a great big sister and does so much around the house to help me. I can’t believe how fast my children are growing up. Baby Grace is also adorable and is growing much too fast. I could snuggle her forever. I feel so blessed to have these wonderful children in my life. They are teaching me so much and helping me to become a better person.


  1. Wow! What a day. I love the baby dress – your mum is so talented. So many memories, congratulations Helen.

  2. She looks so happy! Congratulations!

  3. Hannah is stunning and your whole family is beautiful. I love reading this blog.

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