My Brother’s Baptism


I’m watching my big brother
Whether at work or at play.
I watch him very closely
Every night and every day.
I watch him help our mother
Without ever saying no.
I watch him help our father
Mow the lawn or shovel snow.
I watch him pray at bedtime;
Read his scriptures every night.
I watch him very closely—
He helps me choose the right.
I watched him wear white clothing
On his sacred baptism day.
He was following Jesus,
Just like the scriptures say.
Then he said something special—
Now I can hardly wait.
He said I can be baptized
Just as soon as I turn eight!

[illustration] Illustrated by Pat Hoggan; photography by Karla Robinett