- I wish to speak on the ordinance of baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, which takes us out of this world and into the kingdom of God.
- Our mortal existence is necessary to fulfill the plan of salvation. We must therefore live in this world, but we must also resist the worldly influences that are ever before us.
- When we are baptized by immersion by one with the proper priesthood authority and choose to follow our Savior, we then are in His kingdom and of His kingdom.
- Being of the kingdom of God requires that we heed the Savior’s admonition “Follow thou me”
- At baptism we make a covenant with our Heavenly Father that we are willing to come into His kingdom and keep His commandments from that time forward, even though we still live in the world.
He shares with us that understanding the covenants that we make will bring about a might change within our lives. Our understanding of the covenants we have made will bring us closer to the Savior and further into the kingdom to worship Him.
- When we understand our baptismal covenant and the gift of the Holy Ghost, it will change our lives and will establish our total allegiance to the kingdom of God. When temptations come our way, if we will listen, the Holy Ghost will remind us that we have promised to remember our Savior and obey the commandments of God.
He shares with us something that I didn't fully contemplate. We know the promises we make when we take the sacrament and that God also covenants with us to always have His spirit. Elder Hales talks about our commitment to keep the law of obedience. I guess I never looked at the law of obedience having a significant part in the sacrament. Although I know we promise to keep his commandments, obedience is a different word that I had not associated with that covenant.
- When we are baptized, we take upon ourselves the sacred name of Jesus Christ. Taking upon us His name is one of the most significant experiences we have in life. Yet sometimes we pass through that experience without having a full understanding. How many of our children—how many of us—really understand that when we were baptized we took upon us not only the name of Christ but also the law of obedience? Each week in sacrament meeting we promise to remember the atoning sacrifice of our Savior as we renew our baptismal covenant. We promise to do as the Savior did—to be obedient to the Father and always keep His commandments. The blessing we receive in return is to always have His Spirit to be with us.
Elder Hales concludes with sharing with us what our lives will look like when we keep our baptismal covenants and truly take upon ourselves the name of Christ.
- By choosing to be in His kingdom, we separate—not isolate—ourselves from the world. Our dress will be modest, our thoughts pure, our language clean. The movies and television we watch, the music we listen to, the books, magazines, and newspapers we read will be uplifting. We will choose friends who encourage our eternal goals, and we will treat others with kindness. We will shun the vices of immorality, gambling, tobacco, liquor, and illicit drugs. Our Sunday activities will reflect the commandment of God to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. We will follow the example of Jesus Christ in the way we treat others. We will live to be worthy to enter the house of the Lord.
The blessings of understanding the covenants we made a baptism are tremendous. When we realize the covenants that we have made and make them the driving force behind our actions, we will be able to be be true disciples of the Saviors. We have many opportunities to find happiness but nothing will bring us more happiness than living the commandments of God. It is my hope that we will all look at the covenants we have made and seek for more meaning as we prepare to take the sacrament this upcoming Sunday.