From: Mandy Elsmore <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: September 16, 2013 4:24:21 AM CDT
Thank you for all the birthday wishes. :) I had a great and eventful birthday. Very Eventful, with hosting the temple tour and a baptism.
Andre is 9 years old and his family just became active again in the church. ^_^ His sister is 8 years old, and should have been baptized, but the first time her hand did not go under the water all the way, she got scared because water came into her nose. She tried again, but then started freaking out. After that, no matter how we tried to comfort and encouraged her, she would not do it. It just taught me that truly, you cannot force anyone to be baptized. You cannot take their agency. Also that at 8 years old, you really are accountable and conscious of your actions. Even though she is small, she had to make the effort to bend her knees. If she would not, she could not be baptized. Hopefully, after a couple weeks she will overcome her fear with faith and gain the courage to try again. :)
Any suggestions on how to help scared kids overcome trauma?
Sorry, no time once again, wish I could expound, but can't right now.
Sister Elsmore ^_^