Ella Sophia turns eight and is baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
As she prepared for baptism, we reflected upon her many gifts from our Heavenly Father. One of her gifts is a great love and empathy for people. In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Alma speaks to a group of people wanting to be baptized and gives very clear directions what is expected of a follower of Jesus Christ: be ” willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light…willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort (Mosiah 18:8-9).” As early as she could communicate, Ella Sophia has displayed these virtues.
Another one of her gifts is her ability to assimilate her environment and aptly apply it to her thoughts and feelings. We moved from Newbury Park, CA after living very near our Jaggi cousins. It was a story-book experience. Our children saw their cousins almost daily at school, church or extra-cirricular activities. Needless to say, it was difficult to leave. After saying good bye to her California cousins, Ella Sophia burst through the front door and collapsed into my arms sobbing. After a couple of minutes she stopped. Enlightened, she remarked: “Now I know how Oma felt when Opa died.”
Ella Sophia, this great sensitivity that Heavenly Father has blessed you with will only increase with the companionship of the Holy Ghost that you received after you were baptized. I know that the next time you read the beautiful counsel of Alma, your natural desire to comfort and lift those around you will only be enlarged.