Mormon Baptism Essay

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There are 3 things that are essential in a Mormon baptism: 1. It must be performed by someone holding the proper authority (a male who has been ordained to that priesthood) 2. It must be by immersion (i.e. the person’s full body must be submerged under the water). This follows the example of the baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan and also maintains the Greek roots of the word which translates ‘to immerse’. 3. The person being baptized must have reached an age of accountability, which in this case means that that are eight years old or older. Before a person can be considered eligible for baptism they must receive sufficient teachings about the Mormon faith, show their faith by beginning to live said teachings, repent of all their sins and have an interview with a church authority. It is necessary that the person’s entire body be submerged in the water. If the baptism is performed and everything but one finger is submerged than the baptism must be performed again. Baptism by immersion is symbolic of the death and resurrection of Christ. It is also symbolic to the beginning of a new life, or to be born again. The person being baptizes leaves their past life and sins in the water and emerge pure and clean from sin. The person being baptized grabs the priesthood holder’s left arm with both of his/her hands. The priesthood holder then recites the following prayer: “[Calls the person by name], having been commissioned of Jesus Christ I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.” The person is then submerged into the water. Each baptism also needs to be witnessed by two witnesses who ensure that it is done in the proper manner. Baptismal services can be performed inside using baptismal fonts as well as outside in pools or rivers. The service would include hymns, opening and closing prayers, talks on

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