Baptism

By  LDS Living
September 01, 2021 10:13 AM MDT
The day that a child gets baptized is an important one. These gift ideas are great ways to help young, newly-baptized members of the Church remember and keep the covenants they have made.
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Lisa and Scott O'Neil had similar faith but different religions when they married 23 years ago, but they vowed to work together as a team through it all. Here's how their commitment to having a "house of faith" eventually led Scott to choose to become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through baptism nearly two decades after their wedding. Hear more of Scott's conversion and testimony in this episode of the ALL IN podcast: http://bit.ly/2J22cWO Still haven’t subscribed to LDS Living on YouTube? ► https://www.youtube.com/user/LDSLivin... CONNECT WITH LDS LIVING Web: www.ldsiving.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LDSLiving/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ldsliving/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LDSLivingMag Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ldsliving/ WANT EVEN MORE? BofM365: https://www.instagram.com/bofm365/ Brightly Beams: https://www.instagram.com/brightly.beams/ ABOUT LDS Living gives expression to what it means to live as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. By sharing practical information and seeking out the best things in Latter-Day Saint culture, we hope to empower our readers to make the most of the joys and challenges of life and enjoy their unique heritage to its fullest. We provide articles that inspire and uplift our readers with endless ideas, featuring articles online and in print on issues real-life Latter-day Saints are dealing with, recipes, self-help, parenting and relationship advice, behind-the-scenes looks, and in-depth coverage of a wide variety of topics important to Latter-day Saints.
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March 24, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
Ryan Blubaugh said he felt like a kid going to Disneyland the week of Christmas: in just one day, he would be baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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December 18, 2020 02:21 PM MST
Note: According to the Church's General Handbook, "Baptisms should be performed in a baptismal font if one is available. If there is not a font, a safe body of water may be used. It should be large enough for both the person performing the ordinance and the person being baptized to stand in. Water is not dedicated for baptisms."
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November 19, 2020 03:20 PM MST
On this week’s episode of This is the Gospel, Ryan Cranney of Cranney Farms shares how one decision to donate more than two million pounds of potatoes led to an unlikely correspondence with a woman in Kenya and the miracles that have since followed.
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October 02, 2019 02:00 PM MDT
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a historic policy change Wednesday morning allowing women and children to serve as witnesses during sacred ordinances. For baptisms outside the temple, any baptized member of the Church can serve as a witness. For baptisms for the dead, any member of the Church, including women and young Church members, holding a limited-use temple recommend can serve as a witness. For sealing ordinances, any endowed member of the Church with a current temple recommend can serve as a witness.
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September 28, 2019 02:10 PM MDT
We pulled into the parking stall 10 minutes early for the baptism. As we prepared to get out, we saw that right outside the meetinghouse was the guest of honor: a jubilant little girl, swishing her new white dress proudly as her family began to gather.
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September 12, 2019 06:30 PM MDT
On June 1 in Cedar City, Utah, Jarom Hlebasko entered a baptismal font and faced his 8-year-old daughter, Miree, ready to baptize her a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At that moment, feelings of gratitude and fulfillment washed over him — gratitude because there was a time in his life when he didn’t think performing such baptism would be possible, and fulfillment because once again he was realizing a blessing pronounced years before.
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Fun
By  LDS Living
June 13, 2019 02:22 PM MDT
It's an unlikely conversion story. Calyann Barnett initially wanted a Book of Mormon so she "could argue with me and prove me wrong about religion," Latter-day Saint Clarke Miyasaki posted on Instagram. Barnett added, "When I made my list of things I would NEVER do last year—believe in Jesus, join a religion, and get baptized as a Mormon—were at the top spots on that list."
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March 28, 2019 04:07 PM MDT
Weeks after her first birthday, Mazlowe Ard started breathing quickly, her appetite decreased, and she grew lethargic. The Ards noticed their daughter's sudden change and took her to urgent care, where doctors passed off the symptoms as teething.
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January 30, 2019 05:52 PM MST
President Russell M. Nelson often teaches powerfully and poetically about the symbolism found in the scriptures, the temple, and the life and Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. InTeachings of Russell M. Nelson, we find many insights about the significance of Jesus Christ's baptism that can help us with our Come, Follow Me study this week.
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January 26, 2019 12:22 PM MST
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading in Matthew 3, Mark 1, and Luke 3. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Living for additional resources and suggestions.
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Fun
January 03, 2019 06:44 PM MST
With the desire to strengthen children and youth, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently announced changes that allow eligible 11-year-olds to complete proxy baptisms in temples beginning January of the year they turn twelve.
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December 04, 2018 03:21 PM MST
Side-eyeing Chloe. You've all seen her. In fact, you have probably shared a meme with her face on it. But I bet you didn't know she just had her eighth birthday and was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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November 04, 2018 10:42 PM MST
As the aunt of 10 nieces and nephews, I love to watch my brother and sisters raise their kids. Among the grandchildren in my family, we’ve got two daredevils, two wild-childs, one bossy pants, and the sweetest autistic boy you’ll ever meet. Needless to say, wrangling—I mean, parenting—these kids is never the same for my brother and sisters. So when the children near the age of eight, how do they—and parents everywhere—decide on the best way to teach their child about the importance of baptism? And how much does the child actually understand?
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By  LDS Living
September 11, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
A child's baptism is one of the most important events in his or her life. These traditions will help emphasize its value and celebrate that decision whether you're a parent, Primary teacher, ward missionary, or anyone else involved.
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June 08, 2018 03:21 PM MDT
Editor’s note: This article was originally published to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the revelation declaring that all worthy males, regardless of race, may receive the priesthood. We are sharing it again to mark the 40th anniversary and to celebrate the continuing growth of the Church in Africa.
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May 10, 2018 07:16 PM MDT
What an amazing story!
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April 10, 2018 11:53 AM MDT
What a powerful example of following our Savior regardless of obstacles in our lives. As Elder Josh Bauman wrote in an email to his family, "The whole time [Juanita] was in [the baptismal font] she was saying 'Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus,' but with a small voice that struck right into the very center of your heart. After they baptized her, she came up and said, 'Kolabal Jesucristo,' which is Tzeltal [the Mayan language] for 'Thank you, Jesus Christ.'"
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By  LDS Living
March 30, 2018 02:26 PM MDT
Lindsey Stirling shared the Throw Back Thursday to end all TBTs yesterday.
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By  LDS Living
March 22, 2018 10:06 PM MDT
This fun dragonfly design features blue gems for extra sparkle.
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By  LDS Living
March 13, 2018 04:01 PM MDT
"I wanted to do something special for my 8-year-old who was recently baptized," LDS artist, arranger, and pianist Monica Scott writes about her new music video. That's why she decided to create a special arrangement of two popular Primary songs "Baptism" and "When I Am Baptized."
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By  LDS Living
March 02, 2018 10:20 PM MST
Let the creators of Ites help prepare your children for baptism in a fun, new, interactive way!
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January 06, 2018 04:00 PM MST
At 13 years old I remember sitting in Sunday School with the girls and boys my age. I was in Glendale, Arizona, and my great aunt and uncle had brought me and my brother to sacrament meeting. The teacher asked us to define the priesthood, and my poor brother and I—with our Southern Baptist background—couldn’t actively participate. We heard words like “authority,” “blessing,” “prophet,” and we were hopelessly lost.
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December 05, 2017 09:01 PM MST
“It was a great honor to perform ordinances that will help others be able to return and live with their Heavenly Father,” said Victoria Menezes, a 16-year-old from Miami Beach, Florida, who was one of the 500+ youth to participate in "Temple White Friday" this year.
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By  LDS Living
December 02, 2017 01:20 PM MST
Recently, Prepare to Serve shared a remarkable video of a returned missionary from the Portugal Lisbon Mission sharing the story of when a mission president pointed out the exact location where someone lived who needed to hear the gospel.
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August 30, 2017 09:20 AM MDT
Most of us have a vivid memory of the first time we went to the temple to receive our endowments. I was a newly called missionary and had traveled to the Los Angeles Temple. I did not know what to expect. Although some aspects of my own endowment were wonderfully edifying to me, much of it was confusing. I left bewildered and a little frightened. I have since discovered that my experience was not unique. I have also discovered why my first experience was not all what I had anticipated. At the time, I did not understand the manner in which the Lord teaches His children in His house. Had I understood, my anxiety and confusion would have disappeared, even though my comprehension level might have remained the same.
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November 10, 2016 10:00 PM MST
This FHE lesson is adapted from Baptism, Jesus, and Me.
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October 10, 2016 01:21 PM MDT
When he was 11 years old, Alex Boyé's mother told him she was returning to Nigeria for three weeks. "It turned out she was there for eight years," he says in his "I'm a Mormon" video.
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September 28, 2016 02:32 PM MDT
What an unexpected and touching story that shows not all Latter-day Saints walk the same path, but all are loved and can make their way back to our Heavenly Father.
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By  LDS Living
September 02, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
13 Weeks of FHE
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August 27, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
When Darcy Doxey and her friend passed by an unassuming poster board at their church in Florida, they had to take a second look.
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July 07, 2016 10:00 PM MDT
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June 08, 2016 06:00 PM MDT
It's funny how the simple and often seemingly inconsequential things really can make all of the difference in changing someone's life for the better.
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Fun
May 09, 2016 12:00 PM MDT
Do you have a baptism, Mutual event, missionary homecoming, or other church-related event coming up? With these Mormon-themed cookie cutters we have you covered for any activity or celebration. Enjoy!
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July 23, 2015 08:48 AM MDT
Untitled Document Help children recognize and remember the covenants they make with a baptism journal. Watch their testimony grow as they record the spirit they felt when they were baptized.
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July 13, 2015 03:48 PM MDT
For years, Christian pilgrims have waded into the Jordan River from both its eastern and western banks to connect with a core event of their faith — the baptism of Jesus. The parallel traditions allowed Jordan and Israel to compete for tourism dollars in marketing one of Christianity's most important sites.
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July 08, 2015 05:33 PM MDT
LDS rockabilly legend Joe Bennett, frontman of the famous 1950’s band The Sparkletones, passed away on Saturday, June 27th, at the age of 75.
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Fun
June 15, 2015 12:04 PM MDT
I’ll never get over just how motivating it was to see the baptismal photos from around the world that lined the halls of the Provo MTC. “Just one soul”, I’d say to myself as I walked on by.
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April 28, 2015 07:11 PM MDT
Baptism is the first ordinance in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Children of record are eligible for baptism when they turn 8 years old, but parents and Church leaders should help them prepare for this important milestone before the child is baptized.
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March 03, 2015 08:23 PM MST
This week as I’ve perused pictures and pondered the memories of my own children’s baptisms, I noted that one of the strongest and most colorful memories isn’t from the last; it’s from the first. And it didn't unfold during the service. It hit before it began.
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By  PJ Howland
June 07, 2014 08:31 AM MDT
When I was young, I wanted nothing more than for my dad to join the Church. I grew up with the best dad in the world. For my dad, family comes first. He was raised a Baptist, and has a strong testimony of the Savior and His eternal mission.
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May 14, 2014 04:18 PM MDT
Making and keeping promises is a highly valued trait in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In fact, the first official act of every member of the Church (sometimes inadvertently called “Mormons”) when we are baptized is to make a covenant—a two-way promise with our Heavenly Father—to live as He has directed through the example of His Son. In return, God promises that His Spirit will be with us always.
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May 24, 2013 04:11 AM MDT
Preparation: Fromlds.org print the following pictures: 1. John the Baptist Baptizing Jesus Christ; 2. Alma Baptizes in the Waters of Mormon; 3. Baptism (child); 4. Baptism (adult); 5. Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
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October 10, 2012 04:05 PM MDT
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first baptisms performed in the former Yugoslavia—baptisms performed by Krešimir Ćosić—more than 375 people gathered in Croatia for three days of events. These events, presided over by Elder Erich W. Kopischke of the Seventy, President of the Europe Area, also celebrated that all countries of the former Yugoslavia—and Europe—have proselyting missionaries and Church units.
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April 18, 2012 04:05 AM MDT
Preparation: Create a poster of a path leading up to a gate by enlarging the sample below (or clicking here for a PDF), or drawing a simple version of your own. Create a game marker using a magnet or paper shape with tape on the back. Place the poster at the front of the room. Obtain and post pictures of Christ’s baptism, a child being baptized, and a child being confirmed.
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April 12, 2012 02:49 PM MDT
Jewish-Mormon relations are back in the news. Mitt Romney is likely to become the Republican nominee for president - which would make him the first Mormon to do so - and will be actively seeking Jewish votes. Meanwhile, controversy has erupted over several Mormon temples conducting proxy baptisms of Holocaust victims.
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March 19, 2012 02:23 PM MDT
It took nine priesthood holders, each dressed in white, as well as several others on the side, to help a man who uses a wheelchair enter a special pool on Sunday to baptize his disabled roommate. Clifton Russell Jr., 57, is an elder in the Lincoln Ward, Washington Tacoma Stake, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who used to work in the Bremerton, Wash., naval shipyard. He progressively lost both legs below the knees to diabetes during the past 15 years, started dialysis in 2006. Six months ago, he also lost his eyesight.
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March 09, 2012 02:40 PM MST
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is "doing exactly what we have been asked to do and what we said we would do" in implementing technological barriers to prevent unauthorized name submissions for proxy baptism, according to LDS Church spokesman Michael Purdy. Purdy was addressing media reports Thursday that Helen Radkey, the researcher behind the recent spate of announcements that the names of Holocaust victims and others were being inappropriately submitted for the LDS practice of baptism for the dead, believes the new technological measures are primarily aimed at thwarting her work.
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March 08, 2012 01:37 PM MST
In a letter read in LDS Church worship services last Sunday, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reiterated "the policies first stated in 1995 concerning the submission of names for proxy temple ordinances" and urged "faithful adherence to these policies by all members of the church." This week, the church has introduced a "technological barrier to prevent abuse of the New FamilySearch system," according to LDS Church spokesman Michael Purdy.
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March 08, 2012 01:02 PM MST
A technological crackdown, telegraphed by Mormon leaders, has effectively blocked the pre-eminent whistle-blower of controversial proxy baptisms from accessing the LDS Church’s database that chronicles so-called baptisms for the dead. LDS officials defend the move, saying it helps prevent overzealous Mormons and mischief-makers from violating church policy by submitting the names of prominent Jewish figures, such as Anne Frank and Daniel Pearl, both discovered on the baptism rolls in recent weeks.
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March 06, 2012 05:19 PM MST
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints has come under fire once again for its practice of baptisms for the dead. It seems that a member of the church has not followed the guidance of church leaders that members not baptize Holocaust victims or others associated with The Holocaust. Members instead are to seek out their own ancestors for such baptisms.
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March 06, 2012 05:16 PM MST
Last week, there were more stories about posthumous Mormon baptisms -- this time it was Daniel Pearl. Pearl's parents sent an email to the Boston Globe, in which they responded to the LDS: We appreciate your good intentions but rest assured that Danny's soul was redeemed through the life that he lived and the values that he upheld. He lived as a proud Jew, died as a proud Jew and is currently facing his creator as a Jew, blessed, accepted and redeemed.
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March 05, 2012 01:28 PM MST
I feel fairly certain that Dornan Willett would have been shocked to learn that his years of devotion were newsworthy. I thought of gentle Willett this week as news media once again made a story out of the practice of baptisms for the dead. His example showed me some of what I think the media coverage — as fair-minded as some of the coverage has tried to be — has missed.
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March 05, 2012 02:25 AM MST
Calling proxy baptism in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints "eccentric, not offensive," Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby wrote recently that "Mormons undergoing peaceful rituals in their own temples aren't on the list" of the "very real, very dangerous enemies" to Judaism. "In Judaism, conversion after death is a concept without meaning," wrote Jacoby, who is Jewish. "No after-the-fact rites in this world can possibly change the Jewishness of the men, women, children and babies whom the Nazis, in their obsessive hatred, singled out for extermination.
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February 24, 2012 04:46 PM MST
Toward the end of May, 1970, I stood waist high in water in a baptismal font of a temple in Hamilton, New Zealand, while the name of my deceased father was read aloud. Moments later, on his behalf, I was buried in the biblically mandated full-immersion baptism that is so powerfully symbolic of rebirth and entry into the kingdom of God. That first visit to a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints --and my first experience of what Mormons call “baptism for the dead”--was one of the most intensely significant religious experiences of my life.
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February 23, 2012 02:43 PM MST
The Latter-day Saint practice of vicarious baptism on behalf of the dead is once again a focus of controversy. In the past few weeks, it's been portrayed in the news media and on the web as unbiblical, ghoulish, bizarre, shameful, vicious, anti-Semitic, immoral, hateful, an exercise in "black magic" and (by some extremists) possibly even illegal. A national television commentator recently named President Thomas S. Monson among "the worst people in the world" for presiding over the practice. It's high time for the view of a very respected non-Mormon scholar to be heard above the noise.
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February 22, 2012 02:45 PM MST
In response to questions about violations of the Church's proxy baptism policy, the Church issued the following statement:
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