J. Kirk Richards, Jesus is Baptized, Used with artist’s permission.


D&C 20:37, 68–74
John 14:23–27

For Younger Missionaries


  • Remember your baptism and confirmation. Who performed them and when? Were missionaries involved?
  • Do any of the Qualifications for Baptism (D&C 20:37) also apply to the partaking of the sacrament? Should this figure in your missionary plan?
  • What does it take to keep converts active in the Church, growing, and living a gospel-centered life?


Baptism is for the remission of sins, and the gift of the Holy Ghost brings a host of blessings to those who live worthy of it. Through these ordinances people enter the gate and continue on the path to eternal life. Elder Dallin H. Oaks said: “We do not preach and teach in order to ‘bring people into the Church’ or to increase the membership of the Church. We do not preach and teach just to persuade people to live better lives…. We invite all to come unto Christ by repentance and baptism and confirmation in order to open the doors of the celestial kingdom to the sons and daughters of God. No one else can do this” (“The Purpose of Missionary Work,” Missionary satellite broadcast, Apr. 1995).

As you teach the restored gospel, help people understand the sacred nature of baptism and confirmation. Help them realize that receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost is a great blessing in this life and a key to their salvation. The Holy Ghost will “teach [them] all things” (John 14:26)….

The Prophet Joseph Smith taught, “Baptism by water is but half a baptism, and is good for nothing without the other half—that is, the baptism of the Holy Ghost” (History of the Church, 5:499).

Help those you teach understand that to qualify for baptism and confirmation they must meet the conditions….

  • Humble themselves before God.
  • Desire to be baptized.
  • Come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits.
  • Repent of all their sins.
  • Are willing to take upon themselves the name of Jesus Christ.
  • Have a determination to serve Christ to the end.
  • Manifest by their works that they have received the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins.

After worthy converts are baptized, they are confirmed members of the Church and the gift of the Holy Ghost is conferred upon them….

While the two ordinances are separated by a brief time, confirmation complements and completes baptism.

When people have been baptized and confirmed members of the Church, continue to work … to help these new converts adjust to their new life and continue their spiritual growth. The Church is established as people who have testimonies are baptized and confirmed, keep their covenants, prepare actively to go to the temple, and help strengthen the ward or branch.

Converts who have member friends, who are given responsibility, and who are nourished by God’s word will grow in testimony and faith (Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service, 2004, 9).


Invitation to be Baptized: German


Jesus is Baptized


  • What do you think attracted people to John the Baptist?
  • What would you tell someone who asked you (as they asked John) what it takes to follow Jesus?
  • How do you think John felt when Jesus asked John to baptize him?


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