When our new chapel was being built ten or so years ago, the superintendent of
the construction had to respond to building inspectors who wondered how an
impaired person was to be able to access the baptismal font --- he wasn't a
member and gave a humorous answer which the inspector accepted.I'm refreshed to know how it actually works when such a baptism is
performed. Thanks for the story.
Elder Foley, I am not sorry to hear about Bobby Merritt's passing, that may
sound cold, but it isn't meant that way. I am happy for him, to know that he
can now walk and he is without pain. When my husband died, yes there was a void
and I missed him, but I was also so happy for him to know that he was in a good
place. Cliff has given these friends a great gift and they were blessed to
enjoy that gift briefly here on earth, but it is the beginning of an Eternal
gift. I do hope that Cliff will feel the peace and comfort of knowing that both
of these friends are now themselves taking the knowledge and blessings he shared
with them to other people who have passed on.
This story brings memories of two very special baptisms in my life. The first
was on my mission, we met a lady in the hospital that had crippling arthritis,
she had fallen and was in a body cast. She accepted the Gospel and we just
didn't know how she was going to be baptized. I can't remember if it was 7 or 9
men, but she sat in her wheelchair with a sheet under her. Once in the water,
they laid her out flat above the water on the sheet and baptized her this way,
of course she was now out of the cast. I named my daughter after her, when my
daughter was close to eight years of age, she wrote a letter to our bishop and
said, "I wish that my daddy could baptize me". We had always planned
for her grandpa to do this, cause her dad was in a wheelchair. We put him in
his wheel in shower chair and she practiced with him at home and he was able to
perform her baptism. So thanks for sharing this story, it brought back memories
from 1976 and 1989 that like these men, showed courage and faith.
I'm very sorry to report that Robert "Bobby" Merritt passed away this
morning. We will miss seeing him in his wheelchair next to CLiff's in the
Lincoln (Tacoma) Ward.
Great article. It's too bad that this convert has a 65% chance of going
inactive. We need to do a much better job keeping our converts active and
I visit teach a sister who is currently in a nursing home locally for physical
therapy. I am going to share this story with her. She has such a beautiful
testimony and such love for the other patients in the nursing home. I will also
share it with the elders serving in our area. This is a wonderfully inspiring
article. Thanks for posting it.
What an inspiring story. Thank you.
This is so cool. Would that our elderly sister had roommates! She was
instrumental in teaching one of the staff at her home. Discussing this article
with my husband, we were curious, do missionaries ever go door-to-door in a
nursing/retirement home, or just teach those, as in this case, who ask for the
ÂThis was an amazing baptism, Elder White said." yes brother! awesome
story, thanks for sharing such an inspiring story.