One fun thing to notice while studying the scriptures is lists. Here is an example:
“And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are 1 desirous to come into the fold of God, and 2 to be called his people, and are 3 willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
Yea, and are 4 willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and 5 comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and 6 to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be A redeemed of God, and B be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may C have eternal life—
Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against 7 being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will 8 serve him and 9 keep his commandments, that D he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you? – Mosiah 18:8 – 10.
In this scripture block, we find 2 handy lists concerning the baptismal covenant:
What we Promise to the Lord
1 We desire to come into the fold of God.
2 We desire to be called His people.
3 We will bear one another’s burdens.
4 We will mourn with those that mourn.
5 We will comfort those that stand in need of comfort.
6 We will stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things and in all places.
7 We will be baptized in the name of the Lord – as a witness that we’ve entered into this covenant with Him.
8 We will serve God.
9 We will Keep His commandments.
Look at how much we’re learning by identifying this list!
What the Lord Promises to Us
A We will be redeemed.
B We will be included in the first resurrection.
C We may have eternal life.
D We will have His Spirit poured out abundantly upon us.
I like to write the numbers directly into my scriptures – as I have done in the blog. Then, in the margin, I’ll write a note:
“Our Baptismal Covenant –
1-9- What we promise the Lord.
A-D – What the Lord Promises Us.”
The promises listed in this scripture are so important. Recall the context in which it was given: Alma (the Elder) was preaching the gospel and exhorting those who believed to be baptized. Knowing and identifying this specific list in the scriptures helps us to remember the covenant we’ve made with our Father in Heaven. It helps us to better keep our covenant. I was baptized when I was eight. I do not remember all of the details, but thanks to scriptures like this one in Mosiah, I am able to always remember the covenant I made with my father. I know what He expects of me. And I know how He will bless me if I keep my covenant.
There are many lists in the scriptures. I hope you have fun discovering them.
Oh…Do you have any lists that are you favorite? Please share!