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"Baptism and Confirmation", Priesthood ordinances and priesthood blessings, 2018
"Baptism and Confirmation", Priesthood ordinances and priesthood blessings
If this ordinance is to be performed, it must be approved by a priesthood leader who holds the appropriate keys or who acts in the keys on the direction of the priesthood leader.
Two priests or Melchizedek Priesthood holders are witnesses at each baptism. They ensure that baptism is properly performed. Baptism must be repeated if the words were not spoken exactly as instructed in Doctrine and Covenants 20:73, or if the person and clothing were not completely submerged.
Instructions on how to be baptized
A priest or a Melchizedek Priesthood holder may perform baptism under the direction of the presiding authority. He does this as follows:
He stands in the water with the person to be baptized.
He grabs the person to be baptized's right wrist with his left hand (for safety reasons and because it is easier that way); then the person to be baptized takes hold of the person's left wrist with his left hand.
He raises his right arm at a right angle.
He calls the person to be baptized by full name and says: “Commissioned by Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. ”(Doctrine and Covenants 20:73.)
He instructs the person to be baptized to cover his nose with his right hand (so that it is more comfortable), places his right hand on top of the person's back and completely submerges him and his clothing.
He helps the person to be baptized out of the water again.
Confirmation and gift of the Holy Spirit
When someone is baptized, they are confirmed as Church members and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (see Doctrine and Covenants 20:41). A person does not become a Church member until both ordinances — baptism and confirmation — are performed and properly recorded (see John 3: 5; Doctrine and Covenants 33:11).
One or more Melchizedek Priesthood holders may serve in the confirmation process, as directed by the bishopric. You put your hands lightly on the person's head. The person who performs the confirmation proceeds as follows:
He calls the person by their full name.
He says that ordinances are performed by the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood.
He sustains them as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He uses the words: "Receive the Holy Spirit" (not: "Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit").
He adds blessings as the Spirit guides him.
He closes in the name of Jesus Christ.
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