Another special thank you to AMG readers.

Dear readers:

I’m so touched to pass along this thank you, from the father who wrote in asking for advice about baptism and his 9 year-old autistic child.

After all the good advice from your readers, we once had again a good talk with Laurens. He still wanted to proceed, so we talked to our branch president.

He was OK with it too and we invited the full time missionaries (since Laurens is already 9 years) and they teached him the normal lessons. I was always with my boy, in order to “translate” the things the missionaries said and explained, giving more explanation.

Last weekend Laurens had his baptism interview with the branch president and with the zone leaders. Each time they allowed me to sit with hi mto help when needed, but I hardly had to do anything.

If anybody would need to see the Holy Spirit at work… well, I’ve seen it. Definitely… Our Laurens is just been diagnosed again with a degree of autism much harder then anybody ever expected, but when we talk about the Gospel, we do have a sincere connection with him. You should hear his prayers… 

So I just wanted to let you know (and your readers too) that thanks to your and theirs help, Laurens will be baptised next Saturday. 

Thanks to all of you for helping us.

I hope that our Heavenly Father blesses you all.

Met vriendelijke groeten,



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8 responses to “Another special thank you to AMG readers.

  1. Excellent! Congratulations to Laurens. 🙂

  2. Holly

    Dear Joanna, I am not Mormon but I read you as often as you send a post because you, your questioners and other responders remind me over and over that the presence of God is manifested in love that can transcend church teachings, that we each have a piece of it we can share with others. Thank you for creating a place where that happens. It spreads a lot of hope and openness.

  3. RachelJL

    Congratulations! 🙂

  4. SharonGoldstein

    Congratulations to Laurens and your entire family. Many blessings! Mazal tov!

  5. Aileen Hampton

    How wonderful that this special child of Heavenly Father’s so clearly evidences his special bond with heaven despite his severe limitations in this mortal life. How wonderful that his family is so caring of his needs, and are able to see how God can use this son to enrich them, and this world below.

  6. Kathy Haynie

    Laurens is lucky to have you for his dad. Happy Father’s Day.

  7. Dear all,

    It has been done. Laurens is baptized and it was wonderful.

    He was looking very into it. It was the first thing he said when he opened his eyes yesterday: “It is my baptism today”.

    In the water it was just like Laurens and I were in a bubble with nobody else but the Holy Spirit with us. The rest of the people disappeared behind a veil or so… Such a sacred moment. I cannot believe that I have ever doubted to do this.

    Thanks to you all. I want to share with you this picture to show my gratitude.

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