Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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O Remember, Remember!

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Baptism by Immersion!

Baptism~ an essential step in our progression here on earth! This past weekend was one of much rejoicing. I was privileged to go to Mountain Home, Idaho and witness my best friend from high school be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

The priesthood power and authority has been restored to the earth and the necessary ordinances for salvation are being performed around the globe. Full-time missionaries are proclaiming the good word and helping bring others to Christ.

In The Book of Mormon, when Christ visited the Americas and came amongst the Nephites they fell down on their knees in worship to Him. He then gave unto them His power to baptize:

3 Nephi 11: 16-23

16 And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying:
17 Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did aworship him.
18 And it came to pass that he spake unto aNephi (for Nephi was among the multitude) and he commanded him that he should come forth.
19 And Nephi arose and went forth, and abowed himself before the Lord and did bkiss his feet.
20 And the Lord commanded him that he should aarise. And he arose and stood before him.
21 And the Lord said unto him: I give unto you apower that ye shall bbaptize this people when I am again ascended into heaven.
22 And again the Lord called aothers, and said unto them likewise; and he gave unto them power to baptize. And he said unto them: On this wise shall ye baptize; and there shall be bno disputations among you.
23 Verily I say unto you, that whoso repenteth of his sins through your awords, and bdesireth to be baptized in my name, on this wise shall ye baptize them—Behold, ye shall go down and cstand in the water, and in my name shall ye baptize them.

The Lord himself outlined what we should do and taught the gospel in its fullness. With the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ the power and authority is on the Earth once again after being taken during the Great Apostasy from the truth.

I am so grateful for The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It helps clarify the teachings in the Holy Bible and is consistent with what Christ taught. It is an ancient record from the Americas kept during the same time as The Holy Bible.

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