LDS baptism : appropriate to give gifts?

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LDS baptism : appropriate to give gifts?
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Sat, 11-25-2006 - 4:54am
I have been invited to attend the baptism of my LDS friends' child. In my faith it is appropriate though not required to give a small gift to a person upon their baptism. To give some examples it may be a bible usually given by parents, a cross, a prayer card, a handkerchief. I was wondering if this is also done in LDS and if so what might be given? Thanks in advance for your advice and suggestions. Catherine
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Registered: 09-27-2006
Sat, 11-25-2006 - 10:33am
Catherine, I would say it would be completely appropriate to give a small gift at a baptism. If it were me, I would give it after the baptism, and in private, so as to not make any other guests feel uncomfortable if they didn't give gifts, but all of the options you mentioned, aside from the cross, would be great examples. Usually in LDS faith we don't like to use the cross as a symbol, but I don't think it's a hard and fast rule. If you want to give something LDS themed, I would suggest checking out www.ldsgrand.com. They have some excellent ideas for inexpensive thoughtful gifts, and even a section entirely for 'baptism' gifts.
Anyway, enjoy the baptism, and I'm glad you found our board! Feel free to ask any more questions, and I know we'll do our best to answer. The board is a little bit slow this weekend, as a lot of people are out of town for the holiday. Check back in a few days, and I'm sure you'll have more responses on here, probably with better ideas than mine...lol!

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Registered: 11-09-2006
Sat, 11-25-2006 - 3:31pm

I agree with Victoria. You will not see a lot of people giving gifts, but it is done and normally in private (so others don't feel obligated to give something). You can also try deseret book. I think Seagull Book is another store. They both have online web sites too.

As for the cross...just to clarify. Yes, we do not focus on the cross. Yes, Christ did die on the cross and that is very important. However, we like to focus on the fact that Christ was able to raise from the dead. That he is alive today and that we may all be able to live again.

That is great that you are being so supportive of your friend. I'm sure they are very grateful for your friendship. Let us know how we can help.

Janice


Mom to Julia, Janelle, Janna, Jarin and Jennica

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Sun, 11-26-2006 - 1:17am
I'm going to disagree with the other responses. While gift-giving in and of itself is not inappropriate, you will not see a lot of it at LDS baptisms because gift-giving is discouraged since we encourage the children to focus on the significance and spirituality of the event rather than on what gifts they might get. Over the last few years, the Church has even done away with some of it's own gifts for the children (necklaces, tie tacks, etc for achieving goals), and is instead having us help the children see that drawing closer to the Lord is a better reward and provides better feelings than tangible gifts. If you really wanted to give something, a card would be more than sufficient (if you wanted to include your favorite scripture verse or something else meaningful, that'd be a nice touch). How thoughtful of you to ask!
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Registered: 03-25-2003
Mon, 11-27-2006 - 9:55am

My daughter was given gifts for her baptism. I don't think it detracted at all, especially the types of gifts you are talking about. Now, a Tonka truck or a Polly Pocket might detract some, but I love your gift ideas. And it's great that you found a place to ask!

Enjoy the baptism. :)

Jen



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Registered: 01-20-2004
Mon, 11-27-2006 - 2:42pm
I may be a little late here, but one gift that I received that I have treasured my whole life was a journal.
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Registered: 09-11-2006
Mon, 11-27-2006 - 6:05pm

I also have a gift I recieved at my baptism from my Aunt that I wear all the time. IT is a necklace that says I am a child of God on it and I wear it almost every day. It is one of my favorite peices of jewelry and I plan on giving it to my daughter in 3 years when she will be baptized.

Cindy

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Registered: 11-29-2006
Wed, 11-29-2006 - 11:17am

Thanks to all of you who were so kind as to advise me. The baptism was beautiful. Reyna's grandfather came from out of state to speak. Her great grandmother also came from out state to attend. Her eldest sister also spoke. Her brother and another sister did the opening and closing prayer and her father who is a priest holder did her baptism. My husband and I and our two boys were so honored and blessed to be a part of this. I did not give her a gift at the time of her baptism but found a very nice journal at LDS grand which I have purchased and will give to her privately. Thank you to all of you for extending your hospitality and knowledge.

Catherine

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Registered: 09-27-2006
Wed, 11-29-2006 - 3:19pm
I'm so glad that you enjoyed the baptism, and especially that the website was helpful! I'm sure she'll enjoy the journal, I'm glad somebody else gave you that idea. It sounds like you have some really wonderful friends to include in such a special event :D

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Registered: 11-09-2006
Thu, 11-30-2006 - 9:48pm

That is great!! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the baptism. She will love the journal. Something I have seen before when a journal is given (and I wish I would have done when I was baptized) suggest that the first entry in the journal be her experiences and memories of the day she was baptized. I wish I would have done that when I was 8.

Janice

Janice


Mom to Julia, Janelle, Janna, Jarin and Jennica

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 12-01-2006 - 9:47am
It's definitely appropriate to give a gift. Good suggestions are journals, scripture markers, bookmarks, adjustable CTR rings, picture frames (to remember the day), a bank for saving for a mission or for tithing.
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