The Gate Called Baptism

Baptism by immersion marks the beginning of the covenant path to lasting conversion. Read the full article. —Elder J. Devn Cornish


 


The Gate by Which We Enter the Kingdom Is Baptism

  • Baptism is required for our salvation.
  • Jesus Himself set the example by being baptized (Matt. 3:15).
  • Nephi explained why our need for baptism is so great (see 2 Nephi 31:5).
  • When we are baptized we witness to the Father that we are willing to enter into a covenant with Him (Mosiah 18:8−9).
  • We renew our covenant every Sunday by partaking of the sacrament (D&C 20:77).

An Introductory Ordinance

  • Authorized baptism allows us to enter God’s kingdom, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on earth (John 3:5).
  • It is also the gateway to becoming “perfect in Christ” (Moroni 10:32, 33).
  • We begin the process of being “born again” (conversion) by having a broken heart and contrite spirit leading to remission of our sins.
  • Moroni explained that the first fruits of repentance is baptism (Moroni 8:25).

A Gate to Lasting Conversion

  • Baptism is not the destination but the gate to the ongoing, lifelong process of true and enduring conversion.
  • We must have a sincere desire to do the will of our Father.
  • We have the right to the companionship of the Holy Ghost as we always remember the Savior in all we do. Thus, we are made clean (2 Nephi 31:17).
  • The ordinance of the sacrament gives us the opportunity to continually repent and become clean once again.
  • This is the way we put off the natural man and become saints (Mosiah 3:19).
  • We grow spiritually as we receive the ordinances and keep the associated covenants offered in priesthood ordinations and in the temple.

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