What it means to be baptized? (Mosiah 5)
MY BAPTISMAL COVENANT
What a very timely reminder for me because there are days when I weary in doing good! How can I endure well in this journey especially when days become gloomy? I love Mosiah 5! I used this chapter a lot when I was a missionary in Cebu every time I teach my investigators/members the covenants we made when we got baptized. Baptism is a very important key to our Salvation. It is a symbol of our willingness to follow the Savior Jesus Christ. To learn more about Baptism please visit this site: https://www.lds.org/manual/preach-my-gospel-a-guide-to-missionary-service/lesson-3-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng
What is a COVENANT?
A covenant is a binding and solemn agreement between God and man. God promises to bless us, and we promise to obey Him. God sets the terms of gospel covenants, which we either accept or reject. Keeping covenants brings blessings in this life and exaltation in the life to come.
Covenants place us under a strong obligation to honor our commitments to God. To keep our covenants, we must give up activities or interests that prevent us from honoring those covenants.
(Lesson 3: The Gospel of Jesus Christ, Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service, (2004), 60–70)
T-AKE UPON YOURSELF THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
7- And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.
8- And under this head ye are made free, and there is no other head whereby ye can be made free. There is no other name given whereby salvation cometh; therefore, I would that ye should take upon you the name of Christ, all you that have entered into the covenant with God that ye should be obedient unto the end of your lives.
9- And it shall come to pass that whosoever doeth this shall be found at the right hand of God, for he shall know the name by which he is called; for he shall be called by the name of Christ.
10- And now it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall not take upon him the name of Christ must be called by some other name; therefore, he findeth himself on the left hand of God.
11- And I would that ye should remember also, that this is the name that I said I should give unto you that never should be blotted out, except it be through transgression; therefore, take heed that ye do not transgress, that the name be not blotted out of your hearts.
A-LWAYS REMEMBER HIM (Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ)
12- I say unto you, I would that ye should remember to retain the name written always in your hearts, that ye are not found on the left hand of God, but that ye hear and know the voice by which ye shall be called, and also, the name by which he shall call you.
K-EEP HIS COMMANDMENTS
5- And we are willing to enter into a covenant with our God to do his will, and to be obedient to his commandments in all things that he shall command us, all the remainder of our days, that we may not bring upon ourselves a never-ending torment, as has been spoken by the angel, that we may not drink out of the cup of the wrath of God.
15- Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal you his, that you may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life, through the wisdom, and power, and justice, and mercy of him who created all things, in heaven and in earth, who is God above all. Amen.
Remembering our baptismal covenant reminds us that we are God's children. "I am a Child of God." Jesus Christ, our eldest brother set a perfect example and by keeping our covenants with all of hearts, might, mind and strength, we all can eventually be like Him. We are destined to be heirs in the Kingdom of our Heavenly Father. If we endureth well, Jesus promised in John 14:2-3,