Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Wayne County, New York, in 1830. Even before the organization of the Church, questions had arisen about the proper mode of baptism, leading the Prophet to seek answers on the subject. Joseph Smith’s history states that this revelation is an explanation of 1 Corinthians 7:14
, a scripture that had often been used to justify infant baptism.
1 For the a b is c by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; else were your children unclean, but now are they holy.
2 Now, in the days of the apostles the law of circumcision was had among all the Jews who believed not the gospel of Jesus Christ.
3 And it came to pass that there arose a great a among the people concerning the law of b, for the unbelieving husband was desirous that his children should be circumcised and become subject to the c of Moses, which law was fulfilled.
4 And it came to pass that the children, being brought up in subjection to the law of Moses, gave heed to the a of their fathers and believed not the gospel of Christ, wherein they became unholy.
5 Wherefore, for this cause the apostle wrote unto the church, giving unto them a commandment, not of the Lord, but of himself, that a believer should not be a to an b; except the c of Moses should be done away among them,
6 That their children might remain without circumcision; and that the a might be done away, which saith that little children are unholy; for it was had among the Jews;
7 But little a are b, being c through the d of Jesus Christ; and this is what the scriptures mean.