Baptism is a Sacrament required by the Savior for admission to the Lord’s Kingdom. To be baptized, one must have been born again spiritually as this washing physically represents the spiritual change one goes through as the accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and are washed clean by His Grace.
To be baptized, one must be at least 8 years of age. Baptism must be preformed by immersion, by one with the priesthood. Only those within the Office of the Priesthood or the General Relief Society with keys to the office of priest, priestess, or higher may baptize for the Fellowship. Being baptized in another Latter Day Saint/Mormon denomination would also be perfectly acceptable. Witnesses for the Fellowship may belong to either the Offices of the Priesthood or the General Relief Society as a deacon or higher. If none are available, members may stand as witnesses as well.
Before baptism, the following questions should be asked:
- “Do you desire to come into the fold of God, and to be called a member of His Church?”
- “*Have you confessed your sins to the Lord, and repented of them?”
- “Are you obedient to the laws of the land?”
- “Are willing to bear another’s burdens, that they may be light?”
- Are willing to mourn with those that mourn, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort?”
- “Are you willing to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that you may be in, even until death, that you may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that you may have eternal life?”
By answering these questions to the affirmative, and the Spirit testifying to the questioner that the individual is ready to commit to baptism, they may be baptized.
Once the person has been baptized, they should privately dry, change their clothing and return to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
Those already baptized, and in good standing with the Fellowship, may be re-baptized as often as they like, provided the timing permits. It is recommended that re-baptisms be done when new members are being baptized or that a day be set aside once a month for all baptisms, adding more dates as needed. The Sacrament/Communion replaces baptism for members and is more important than re-baptism. Yet, it is understood that there are times when some wish to be re-baptized for personal reasons.