We had two beautiful girls take the step of baptism last weekend - Malia and Emma. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we baptize our children when they reach the age of 8. That is when we consider them "accountable" or old enough to understand the commitments and promises we make to live a righteous life following the example of our Savior. Of course, that doesn't always go as planned, so 8 years old is also the age when we are old enough to understand the gifts of the Atonement and how we can remain pure by repenting throughout our lives to bring the blessings and purification power of Christ's sacrifice.
We don't believe infants children under the age of 8 need baptism nor those who don't have the mental capacity to understand the promises we make or the need for repentance. They have a special place in heaven with all the blessings of our loving Heavenly Father in highest levels of that kingdom. Therefore, Emma, who has Down Syndrome, did not need to be baptized, but was so excited for it that we had her baptized anyway.
It's not very often I am the shortest one in photos.... Back row left to right - Bishop Timothy McCoy (Our bishop -6'9"), Britton (brother - 6'5"), David Wills (uncle), me (dad), Tyler (brother), Jason (brother), Jared (brother).
Front row - Malia and Emma
Mom and dad and the beaming girls.
Malia, Emma and the photo bomber, Hyrum.