“AND now I speak concerning baptism. Behold, elders, priests, and teachers were baptized; and they were not baptized save they brought forth fruit meet that they were worthy of it.
Neither did they receive any unto baptism save they came forth with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, and witnessed unto the church that they truly repented of all their sins.
And none were received unto baptism save they took upon them the name of Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end.
And after they had been received unto baptism, and were wrought upon and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they were numbered among the people of the church of Christ; and their names were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith.
And the church did meet together oft, to fast and to pray, and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls.” – Moroni 6:1-5
We learn that baptism isn’t just something you decide to do one day. It involves work. It is a symbol of a life-long commitment. We need to bring forth fruit meet for repentance. These include:
- A broken heart
- A contrite spirit
- Our witness to the Church that we are willing to repent
- Our willingness take on the name of Christ – with the determination to serve Him to the end
We are then led to baptism.
Which then prepares us to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
After baptism and reception of the gift of the Holy Ghost, we:
- Are numbered among the people of the Church of Christ
- Are nourished by the Good word of Christ
- should meet often with our church congregations often so we can fast, pray, and speak one with another concerning the welfare of the church.
Baptism is obviously important to our eternal salvation. Without it, we cannot even enter into the path that leads to the kingdom of God.
Also – one thing that really sticks out to me – is how vital the organization of the Church is. It is through this organization that we learn to serve one another. We uplift one another. We strengthen each others’ testimonies.
I have been a recipient of this kind of love, protection, and brother/sister-hood. It is a blessing to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Every time I’ve moved, I’ve been met with instant friends who will love and support me. It is because of a caring bishop that I was able to find my spouse. Even though my membership in the church is not the core of my testimony, experiences with the other members does affect me in a positive way.
I hope that I can continue to be grateful to belong to such an organization, and that I can be open to inviting others to partake of the blessings of baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and Church Membership.