Saturday, February 23, 2013
Do You Remember?
Do you remember the day you were baptized? I do...
Children are born innocent. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ give parents eight years to teach their children the gospel so their children can learn right from wrong before they become accountable for their sins.
The day I was baptized my niece who happened to turn 8, three weeks before me was baptized the same day. It was the 1st day of August the weather was perfect. I remember the funny looking white jumpsuits we were wearing, how we laughed at the way we thought we looked. I remember the over joyful feeling of being clean after I came out of the water. All my mistakes were washed away and I was forgiven. I was getting another chance. I remember saying to myself, I am never ever going to do anything wrong again, never going to make a bad choice. I will always mind my parents, be nice to everyone and never say anything bad. My father used to quote scriptures when he talked with me, he was a righteous man at all times. I have remembered the scriptures and lessons he taught me many times throughout my life. Today I am remembering this one: “And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!” (D&C 18:15–16). I never knew what that meant nor why he would say that but I think I have a little more understanding now.
First I need to save my own soul.
I admire the people that are so dedicated and excited about becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ and making a baptismal covenant and their willingness to do so.
Our missionaries are trained to teach the gospel, to teach in an orderly, inspired manner which hopefully leads to baptism. To all missionaries, every hour is precious and must be productive.
Our message is one of hope and love. Our Father only wants us to return to him and he has given us the way. We but need to take up the work first by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance and then baptism.
I have made plenty of mistakes and I still do make mistakes but I believe in the Savior's promise, “Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.”
So I may have stumbled in my journey a few times but I promise you, that there is a way back. The process is called repentance. Our Savior died to provide you and me that blessed gift. Though the path is difficult, the promise is real.
The Lord said: “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow,
And I will remember them no more.”
We had a beautiful day of baptisms and we are thankful for the opportunity to take part in them. It is a wonderful blessing to be reminded of our baptism covenants and promises that we made to the Lord.