Requirements Before Baptism
“Well then, would you like to baptize me?…
Okay, let’s do it.”
Can anyone be baptized? In our day, the Lord has told us,
“And again, by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism—All those who humble themselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits, and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church” (Doctrine and Covenants 20:37).
To fulfill the requirement that those desiring baptism “witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins,” an authorized priesthood leader conducts a baptismal interview with baptismal candidates. This interview can be done by a bishop, or even by a missionary. Below are the interview questions.
- Do you believe that God is our Eternal Father? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world?
- Do you believe the Church and gospel of Jesus Christ have been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith? Do you believe that [current Church President] is a prophet of God? What does this mean to you?
- What does it mean to you to repent? Do you feel that you have repented of your past transgressions?
- Have you ever committed a serious crime? If so, are you now on probation or parole? Have you ever participated in an abortion? a homosexual relationship?
- You have been taught that membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints includes living gospel standards. What do you understand of the following standards? Are you willing to obey them?
- The law of chastity, which prohibits any sexual relationship outside the bonds of a legal marriage between man and woman
- The law of tithing
- The Word of Wisdom
- The Sabbath day, including partaking of the sacrament weekly and rendering service to fellow members
- When you are baptized, you covenant with God that you are willing to take upon yourself the name of Christ and keep his commandments throughout your life. Are you ready to make this covenant and strive to be faithful to it?