Many hands help with not-so-typical baptism

It took nine priesthood holders, each dressed in white, as well as several others on the side, to help a man who uses a wheelchair enter a special pool on Sunday to baptize his disabled roommate.

Clifton Russell Jr., 57, is an elder in the Lincoln Ward, Washington Tacoma Stake, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who used to work in the Bremerton, Wash., naval shipyard. He progressively lost both legs below the knees to diabetes during the past 15 years, started dialysis in 2006. Six months ago, he also lost his eyesight.

Though he spends most of his waking hours in a wheelchair, his disabilities have not prevented him from helping spread his broad smile and loving spirit to everyone he meets.

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