I got to stand with Richard Mauery, Dallin's other grandpa, and with my own father as Joseph confirmed Dallin a member of the Church and commanded him to received the Holy Ghost. I believe he'll do it. Richard and I also got to be witnesses of the actual baptism. It went smoothly and we smiled at each other afterwards. A thousand things might have kept Richard Mauery and me from ever getting to know each other in this world, but we shared a very special moment of pride as Dallin came up from the water.
Philip Murdock, one of our group of thirteen who entered the Mission Home and then the LTM together back in 1971, called on me to close the meeting with prayer. That was a pleasure, too. He even mentioned the name of the lovely city of Brescia. He knows how to say it. Very few Americans do. It seemed very good to have Elder Murdock there.
If I get any photos of today's events I'll add them here. We have none so far, though.
Joseph and his mother on the day he
received the Aaronic Priesthood.