Sunday, February 16, 2014

August and Katie’s Baptism


Katie and her friend Haley each lost a tooth on the same McDonald’s outing! How weird is that?



Cold day at the splash park.


Katie’s baptism photo shoot. This was so much fun. Katie ADORED being the center of attention (no surprise there!) and Jacque was so amazing to work with. I seriously love just about every photo and want to cover my house in them. It may make my other children feel slightly less loved to see Katie’s mug around every corner, but their time will come. If you’re in the Albuquerque area and looking for a family photographer, call Jacque Larsen. We love her to death.

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This face is SOOOO Katie. It was no surprise when we were looking through the pictures and she saw this one and said, “That pose was my idea!” I can hear her saying, “Mom! Look!” every time I see this picture.





Bridget’s second birthday. She was a grump and a half this day. I did have her hair fixed, but she would have none of it. When it came time for us to sing “Happy Birthday,” she started screaming at everyone to STOP IT! Fortunately we caught it on video. It’s pretty hilarious.



Katie was baptized on August 24. We were so blessed to have nearly all of our family (on both sides!) come to town to join us for this day. To make it extra special, my dad arranged for us all to stay at Hotel Cascada, which is a hotel with an indoor waterpark. We spent Friday evening playing hard, ate at Sweet Tomatoes (a Barnes family tradition) and then the kids and grandparents stayed at the hotel. Aaron and I went back home so we could sleep in our own beds. We met up the next morning and played again at the water park. The Flow Rider was the hit of the trip. Everyone loved trying out their new skillz (p.s. we have none). Even Katie and Paul got to go several times.

After that, we cleaned up and headed over to the Stake Center for the baptism. Katie had chosen to be baptized in Albuquerque so that she could invite friends, and she was a wonderful missionary. We had several friends come who were not members, including her school friends Lily and Ali. I think my favorite part of the whole weekend was after the baptism. Everyone gathered at our house to have barbeque from Rudy’s (we all love it!). It was so wonderful to see all of our family gathered together, eating and laughing and just enjoying being together. Katie invited Lily and her dad to eat with us since they lived so far away and would have a super late dinner by the time they got home. He was reluctant to come, but once he was there, you would never have guessed that he wasn’t part of the family. I know he could feel how genuine everyone was and he left feeling something special. For me, it was such a wonderful testimony that family is really what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about. I LOVE my family (Barneses and Jorgensens alike). I am so grateful that we can be together forever!























Steve Finnell said...


If men have been baptized knowing only the baptisms of denominations, are their baptisms valid. Do men, who are baptized for the wrong reason or baptize using the incorrect method, need to be baptized with Christian baptism in order for their sins to be forgiven, in order to be baptized into Christ, or in order to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit?

Apollos, a man who knew the Scriptures very well was teaching incorrect doctrine about New Covenant baptism. He needed to be taught the truth. (Acts 18:24-26...25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.)

John's baptism was invalid after the Day of Pentecost.

Apollos had been preaching in Ephesus. The apostle Paul evidently came in contact with some of the disciples that were incorrectly taught by Apollos. (Acts 19:1-5 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2 he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said to him, "We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit." 3 And he said to them, "Into what then were you baptized?" So they said,"Into John's baptism." 4 Then Paul said, "John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who to come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus." 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

The Ephesian disciples were re-baptized.

John's baptism was not a valid baptism after the Day of Pentecost. Those who were baptized with John's baptism after the day of Pentecost had to be re-baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and so that they might receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (that is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit).


If men today are baptized knowing only the baptisms of denominations should they be re-baptized? If the disciples in Ephesus needed to be re-baptized, why then, would not those, today, who have been baptized for the wrong reason or by the incorrect method not need to be baptized in accordance with the teaching of Jesus and that commanded by the apostles?

1. Baptized as simple act of obedience is for the wrong reason.

2. Baptized as testimony of faith is for the wrong reason.

3. Being baptized, believing your sins have already been forgiven is for the wrong reason.

4. Being baptized so you can become a member of a denominational church is for the wrong reason.

5. Being baptized so original sin can be forgiven is for the wrong reason.

6. Being sprinkled or having water poured on you is the wrong method.

7. Baptizing infants is unnecessary. It is for the wrong reason.Sprinkling is also the wrong method.

8. Denying that baptism is essential for the forgiveness of sins is intellectually rejecting baptism. Denying the purpose of baptism, is baptism for the wrong reason.

Jesus said he who is baptized shall be saved. (Mark 16:16)

The apostle Peter said be baptized for the forgiveness of sins.(Acts 2:38)

The apostle Paul said we are baptized into Christ. (Galatians 3:27)

Peter said baptism saves us. (1 Peter 3:21)

Apollos believed the truth when taught by Aquila and Priscilla.

The Ephesus disciples believed the truth when taught by the apostle Paul.

Why do denominations not believe the truth when taught by Jesus and the apostles?


(Scripture from: NKJV)