Sunday, April 14, 2013

Spiritual Power of Our Baptism

What a beautiful day!  

Everyone is having a service before the baptism at the District Presidents home.

Baptism into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints requires full immersion in water by a person who holds the proper priesthood authority to baptize.  This is necessary because, as the scriptures indicate, “baptism symbolizes death, burial, and resurrection, and can only be done by immersion.” It also follows the pattern set by the Savior, who was baptized in the river Jordan, where there was a lot of water.
As Matthew records, “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water.”
We can't think of a more beautiful location than this one right here.

This young group are all excited and ready to watch the baptism.
 The older gentlemen on the right in the picture is Ezekial, the grandpa (papa) of the three young ladies getting baptized.
This is Elder Kleven's (on the left) first baptism and he is really excited. He's been working on the language and he's doing great.  He has only been out a couple of weeks.  He said this was beautiful and he never dreamed he was going to have such a wonder, exciting, adventurous mission.
Elder Sofele helped with the baptisms because he knows the language and he has also been teaching these young ladies.  Baptism is our spiritual rebirth. It cleanses us from head to toe and allows us the companionship of the Savior through the gift of the Holy Ghost. He will now accompany each of us along the road of life.
1st Councelor in the Branch Presidency Esmeit and Sunday School President Ezekial or grandpa watching  things develop.
Elders looking for a deep enough place to do the baptism
Jesus came to John the Baptist,
In Judea long ago,
And was baptized by immersion
In the River Jordan's flow.
Now we know that we must also
Witness faith in Jesus' word,

Be baptized to show obedience,
As was Jesus Christ, our Lord.
To fulfill the law, said Jesus,
When the Baptist questioned why,
And to enter with my Father
In the kingdom up on high. 

Making a plan --- who is going first?
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
Hanging around waiting for her turn to be baptized. 
Our first birth takes place when we are born into mortality. Our second birth begins when we are baptized by water by one holding the priesthood of God and is completed when we are confirmed, and “then cometh a remission of [our] sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost.
The little girls love Elder Kleven.  He said even though at times he feels like this mission here in Chuuk can be hard at times, being right there at that moment he knew it was all worth it.  You see even us missionaries continue to be converted. The spirit is always very strong and attends us when we need it most. We only need to be open to receive it.    We pray that we will tend and take care of our baptismal covenants. As we say our prayers, especially each Saturday night, we ask Heavenly Father to prepare us to take the sacrament so the spiritual power of our baptism will be ever present in our life.

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