Chapter 15: Baptism

"Chapter 15: Baptism," Part Five: The Gospel of Jesus Christ, ()


Being baptized is one of the most important things that you can do on this earth. Why is baptism so important? What is the correct way to be baptized?

Our Father in Heaven Has Commanded Us to Be Baptized

Being baptized means being placed completely under water for a moment and being raised up again by a person who has the authority to do the baptism. Baptism is part of our Father in Heaven’s plan for us. He commands us to be baptized to show that we believe in Jesus Christ, that we love Him and want to obey Him, and that we have repented of our sins.

Jesus knew that our Father in Heaven had commanded all His children to be baptized. When Jesus was on earth, He was baptized. He did this because He wanted to obey our Father in Heaven. He also wanted to show us that we should obey our Father in Heaven and be baptized.

Every person who has reached the age of eight, who understands what is right and what is wrong, and who has faith in Jesus and has repented should be baptized. Children who are younger than eight years old do not need to be baptized. Our Father in Heaven doesn’t judge them for what they do. Also, people who are mentally incapable of understanding what is right and what is wrong do not need to be baptized. All other people must be baptized if they want to return to live with our Father in Heaven.

Jesus has told us when we should be baptized. He told His followers to baptize the people after the people had learned about Him, had believed in Him, and had repented. He gave some of the men in His Church the authority to baptize people.

Discussion

  • Why does our Father in Heaven want us to be baptized?

  • Why was Jesus baptized?

  • Who needs to be baptized?

Being Baptized Is One of the Most Important Things We Can Do

By being baptized, we show our Father in Heaven we want to follow His plan for us. We promise to accept Jesus as our leader and obey everything He tells us to do. We promise to always remember Him and the things He has done for us.

When we place our faith in Jesus Christ, repent of our sins, and are baptized, our Father in Heaven forgives us for our sins. He promises us that we can return to live with Him. He accepts us as members of Jesus’ Church. He sends the Holy Ghost to help us to learn more about Him and to help us do the right things. We receive all of these blessings if we continue to do the things that we promise to do when we are baptized.

We can receive these blessings only if we are baptized. This is the only way for us to return to live with our Father in Heaven. This is the only way for us to become members of the Church of Jesus Christ. This is the only way for us to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, which is the right to have the Holy Ghost help us in our lives. This gift is given to us after we are baptized. All of these things are necessary in order for us to return to live with our Father in Heaven.

Discussion

  • What promise do we make to our Father in Heaven when we are baptized?

  • What promise does our Father in Heaven make to us when we are baptized?

  • Why is baptism so important?

We Must Prepare Ourselves to Be Baptized

We must do certain things before we are ready to be baptized. We must learn about Jesus Christ and believe in Him, repent of our sins, and do the things Jesus commands us to do.

Discussion

  • What must we do to prepare for baptism?

Baptism Gives Us a New Beginning

Baptism lets us start a new life, clean from sin. Jesus once said that it is like our being born again. He said that unless we are spiritually born again, we cannot return to live with our Father in Heaven.

One of Jesus’ followers, whose name was Paul, said we should start a new life after we are baptized. He said that when we are put under the water for baptism, it is like burying all our sins. When we come up out of the water, it is like becoming a clean, new person, ready to begin a new life. Baptism starts us on the way to return to our Father in Heaven.

References

Our Father in Heaven Has Commanded Us to Be Baptized

Being Baptized Is One of the Most Important Things We Can Do

  • Mosiah 18:7–11 (By being baptized we show that we are willing to serve God and keep His commandments.)

  • 3 Nephi 27:16 (Our Father in Heaven blesses those who are baptized.)

We Must Prepare Ourselves to Be Baptized

Baptism Gives Us a New Beginning

  • John 3:3–5 (Jesus said that we need to be born again in order to return to our Father in Heaven.)

  • Romans 6:3–7 (We are cleansed through baptism.)