Baptism

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“At age eight, children can experience baptism. They learn about and make a covenant with God. Those they love surround them as they are immersed and come out of the font with a feeling of great joy. Then they receive the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, a gift that may guide them constantly as they live for that blessing.”

Mary R. Dunham, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
A Child’s Guiding Gift,” April 2016 General Conference

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“When we were baptized, our hearts were changed and awakened to God. While on our mortal journey, we need to regularly ask ourselves, ‘If [I] have experienced a change of heart, … can [I] feel so now?’ And if not, then why not?”

Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
The Family is of God,” April 2015 General Conference

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“The covenant you make at baptism will tether you to the path of virtue and happiness as you renew that covenant each week by partaking of the sacrament. As you keep your baptismal covenant, you will look different, dress different, and act different from the world. Keeping this covenant will enable you to be guided by the Holy Ghost. Stand in holy places, and do not even go near those environments or music, media, or associations that might cause you to lose the companionship of the Holy Ghost. And as you keep your covenants, you will remain worthy and prepared to enter the Lord’s holy temples.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President
Be Not Moved!” April 2013 General Conference

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“I was the first member of my family to join the Church. As an eight-year-old, I waited to feel somehow different because of my baptism. To be honest, the only thing I felt when I was brought out of the water was … well, dripping wet. I thought something more profound would happen when I was confirmed. However, after receiving the Holy Ghost, again I felt happy but certainly no different than I had just a few minutes before.

“It wasn’t until the following day at fast and testimony meeting that I experienced what I now recognize as the influence of the Holy Ghost. A brother stood to bear his testimony and tell about the blessings of his membership in the Church. I felt a flood of warmth sweep over me. Even as an eight-year-old, I recognized that this was something different. I felt a peace descend on me, and I had the distinct feeling that Heavenly Father was pleased with me.”

Vicki F. Matsumori, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Helping Others Recognize the Whisperings of the Spirit,” October 2009 General Conference

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“Daily prayer and scripture study, adherence to commandments and to covenants made at baptism and in the temple are at the core of growing up unto the Lord.”

Anne C. Pingree, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
To Grow Up unto the Lord,” April 2006 General Conference

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“To be steadfast in Christ implies keeping covenants. Each week we renew our baptismal covenants to take His name upon us, to ‘always remember him,’ and to ‘keep his commandments’ (see D&C 20:77). We are steadfast in Christ when we do these things, and our spirits are lifted and our hearts are filled with love. Simply stated, when I keep my covenants, I feel hope and I feel love.”

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
Steadfast in Our Covenants,” April 2003 General Conference

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“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 accompany each of us along the road of life.

“Four things happen when we are baptized and confirmed: (1) we become members of Christ’s Church and commit to follow Him; (2) we have our sins forgiven; (3) it allows us entrance to the celestial kingdom; and (4) it is the doorway to personal sanctification. We might say we are ‘made holy.’ ”

Carol B. Thomas, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Spiritual Power of Our Baptism,” April 1999 General Conference

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“What does it mean to become holy? Because you have received the Holy Ghost, you are changed. You are a different person. It means you cannot be part of the world anymore; you can never go back. Elder Hales has said, ‘Help our young women to understand that when they are baptized, they are taken ‘out of the world’ and ‘into the kingdom’ ‘. You are taken out of the dark and into the light of Christ. It is the beginning of a whole new life.”

Carol B. Thomas, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Spiritual Power of Our Baptism,” April 1999 General Conference

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“Baptism is the critical priesthood ordinance which opens the door to eternal life for each one of us. It is the benchmark from which we count our many blessings, because this is when our accountability to follow Jesus Christ and live his gospel begins. And then, each week as we partake of the sacrament we are reminded to ‘always remember him’. What a blessing this visual reminder is.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Partakers of the Glories,” October 1996 General Conference

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“We are all at different points on our journey back to our Father in Heaven. Did the Jews and Greeks whom Paul addressed in his epistle to the Galatians stop being Jews and Greeks when they were baptized? Did the men stop being men and the women stop being women? No. But they had all ‘been baptized into Christ’ and had ‘put on Christ’ (Gal. 3:27).”

Chieko N. Okazaki, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Baskets and Bottles,” April 1996 General Conference

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“To be a woman of covenant is a sacred and holy responsibility. It is uniquely ours. It is not by chance that we are on the Lord’s errand at this time. It is by choice that we came to this earth to follow the path of the Savior. At baptism, we covenanted, as did the Nephites at the waters of Mormon, to be called his people, to serve him, to keep his commandments, to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things and in all places…

“As women of covenant we seek exaltation and the peace that attends eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. With that resolve comes the quiet reassurance that speaks softly to our souls and reaffirms to us that peace and love, hope and gentility, reverence, joy, and obedience bring about change and good works. Indeed we stand before the world today to rejoice—not in the power of men and women—but in the goodness of God.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Ponder the Path of Thy Feet,” October 1993 General Conference

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“We are reminded of our baptismal covenants by partaking of the sacrament. The sacrament prayer help us remember Him and His goodness.”

Betty Jo N. Jepsen, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
By Way of Invitation,” October 1992 General Conference

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“Baptism is the beginning of a new life for each one of us, a life of purpose. The Lord is very clear as to what it means to keep his commandments, come into his fold, and be called his people. His people are ‘willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort.’ ”

Dwan J. Young, Primary General President
Keeping the Covenants We Make at Baptism,” October 1984 General Conference

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“Repentance makes it possible to return to the straight and narrow path and become as pure as we were at baptism.”

Dwan J. Young, Primary General President
Keeping the Covenants We Make at Baptism,” October 1984 General Conference

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