Baptism Sept. 12, 2021
My name is Adam and I've been coming to LEFC for 6 years. I've always believed in God but my relationship with him was more "talk the talk" and not "walk the walk." I would sit in the back of church with my wife on the old side before the new addition at LEFC, struggling to pay attention. To be honest, I think it was a lack of care. I knew I was going to live for the things that pleased me. Like the Bible says, "loving darkness more than light." Little did I know that was all about to change. This past Christmas I told myself that with the new ear buds I was getting I would download a Bible study. For the first time in my life I was actually curious about the Bible. I wanted to know what it talked about, what it meant, and all the stories. I downloaded "Return to the Word" Bible study on Pandora and began to listen. It took one day of listening to the gospel with an intent to understand and learn, to change who I was. Every morning I would wake up and the first thing that would come to mind was God. I could not get it off my mind. I actually began to thirst for the word and found joy and happiness in it. I began to read straight from the bible after work. Not because I felt like I should but because I wanted to. When my wife saw this unfolding which I believed she prayed for many times, she was shocked. Both of us didn't see this coming and how fast Jesus was moving in our family. It didn't take long for me to get the urge to be baptized, even though I was baptized as a baby in the Catholic Church. I could stand here for hours and tell you all of the sinful stories I've been a part of, but having been born again and forgiven of my sins, that is now behind me. The time has come to leave the old me in the past and start a new chapter where Christ is the center of attention.
My name is Leighton Smith and I am 9 years old. I am in 3rd grade at Lititz Area Mennonite School. I asked Jesus into my heart when I was 8 years old. I asked my mom if I could ask Jesus in to my heart and she prayed with me. After that I felt so happy ( and had a really great night's sleep). Now I am super excited to get baptized because I want to tell the world that Jesus is my Lord and Savior and I am so happy that my dad is here to help baptize me and get baptized too. My favorite Bible verse is Philippians 2:14-16, "Do everything without grumbling and arguing so that you may become blameless and pure, 'children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.' Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life." With Jesus we shine like stars. I am thankful for Jesus, that he died on the cross for our sins and now my sins are forgiven. Another favorite bible verse is Matthew 5:14, "You are the light of the world, like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden." Now I live my life to shine Jesus' light so other can see him.