The Baptismal Ordinance
“And then I *(splash)*”
There is only one correct mode of baptism. The Lord taught Joseph Smith the correct form of baptism, including the prayer we are to use. Baptizing in the correct manner any by the correct authority are essential if a baptism is to be efficacious:
“The person who is called of God and has authority from Jesus Christ to baptize, shall go down into the water with the person who has presented himself or herself for baptism, and shall say, calling him or her by name:
“Having been commissioned of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
“Then shall he immerse him or her in the water, and come forth again out of the water” (Doctrine and Covenants 20:73-74).
Immersion is an important part of the symbolism. Paul taught that baptism was symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, as well as the death of our old selves and rebirth as followers of the Savior. He says,
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
“For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” (Romans 6:3-6).