Covenants Made at Baptism
“I swear to dedicate my life to the Church”
What covenants do we make at baptism? Alma, preaching to a group that desired to be baptized, told them,
“Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and 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, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
“Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?” (Mosiah 18:8-10; see also Alma 7:14-15; Moroni 6:1-4).
The covenants of baptism are renewed each and every week by partaking of the sacrament. These same promises and blessings can be seen in the sacrament prayers. The prayer for the bread goes,
“O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen” (Doctrine and Covenants 20:77).
The sacrament is so important in remembering our covenants, and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, that the Savior instituted the ordinance among the Nephites when he visited them shortly after his resurrection (see 3 Nephi 18:1-18).