Oh what a joyous day, this the day of your birth.
I was born on June 25th 1988 this was the start of my life, however to many and even at one point to myself my real life didn't began until November 20th 2002 this was the day that I a simple 14-year-old girl held more knowledge then all the Harvard graduates,cutting edge scientist, and of course theologians in the world! Of course you guessed it I became baptized as one of Jehovah's witnesses. I was baptized at a district convention with about 30 other new sheep. I remember being so happy that I was not the only heavier set girl there. You see this was my biggest worry for weeks! During that Saturday all the Baptismal candidates get a front row seat to all the talks of that morning, the last being the baptism talk. There we are some of us nervous and fidgeting in our seats, some sitting still, to still as if in deep meditation or out of utter fear, and of course the one or two who seemed to be getting up quite a bit to use the bathroom a bladder problem perhaps?
At the end of the talk the brother who was giving the talk, who happened to be from my congregation asked all baptismal candidates to stand, of course we do. I am so nervous that at times I honestly thought i was going to fate. We are then asked the following questions.
On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will? YES
Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in association with God's spirit-directed organization? YES
After answering this two simple yet life changing questions we then sing a song mine happened to be song 202. During this time I start to cry my eyes out and I remember Brother Amos the one who gave the talk looking at me very approvingly. I was about be baptized! This was going to be the greatest and most joyous day of my life, so of course I was filled with emotion After this we are lead through the back into the changing rooms as the thousands of people in the crowd applaud there soon to be brothers and sisters.
In the dressing rooms I change into my shorts and shirt, which is what pretty much every one who would be baptized was wearing, even the men. I was talking to this other younger sister who was about my age, and more importantly the same weight! She was telling me how she was afraid she would fall up the steps that lead to the pool which we would be fully submerged in. Wonderful I thought another item to add to my list of fears. After everyone was ready we were all escorted to the pool where we lined up, the sisters where first followed by the brothers. It was an above ground pool that had 4 steps leading up to a platform a pseudo deck if you would, then their was a small step leading down to another platform where the steps to entire the pool was. Three brothers where in the pool all with there white t-shirts on, I of course made my new friend go ahead of me so she would entire the water first. we where the next group to entire the water my heart was beating out my chest, she trips....she does not fall just kind of stumbles down the stair that leads to the pool platform, I am next, I trip.....No I do not fall but my face showed my embarrassment. I enter the water which is actually warm, and of course the brother who is going to baptize me is about 5'7 and 1/2 my weight. During this time I am not reflecting about my dedication that is about to come, instead I am praying this brother does not drop me. Well God does answer prayers! Afterwords I learned that quite a few people tripped including on brother who almost face-platted the pool I then felt better
My whole congregation including my father, grandmother, and the boy whom at the time I thought would be my future husband where all there watching me become a sister and clapping out of pure joy. This at the time was the happiest day of my short 14 years and at the time I knew in my heart no other day would ever compare to me becoming baptized as one of Jehovah's chosen servants. For the rest of the day I was on a spiritual high and was all smiles. I do not think I have ever gotten so many hugs, kisses, and compliments in my life. then of course at the next meeting they announced that was baptized and the high came again, I loved being the center of attention.