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"Those who seek to follow the Savior will understand the importance of the ordinance of baptism.  The Lamb without Blemish saw fit to submit himself to baptism by one holding the authority of the priesthood in order to 'fulfill all righteousness.' How much more each of us has need of the cleansing and saving power of this ordinance and the other ordinances of the gospel." — Dallin H. Oaks, "Always Remember Him," General Conference, April 1988

"Baptism is the critical priesthood ordinance which opens the door to eternal life for each one of us. It is the benchmark from which we count our many blessings because this is when our accountability to follow Jesus Christ and live his Gospel begins." — Elaine L. Jack, "Partakers of the Glories," Ensign, November 1996, pg. 77

"Jesus made saving repentance possible and He made baptism meaningful." — John H. Groberg, "The Lord's Wind," Ensign, November 1993, p. 26

"My testimony today is that through Jesus Christ we can be born again. We can change. We can change completely. And we can stay changed." — J. Richard Clarke, "The Lord of Life," Ensign, May 1993, p. 9

"Do you remember the feeling you had when you were baptized — that sweet, clean feeling of a pure soul, having been forgiven, washed clean through the merits of the Savior? If we partake of the sacrament worthily, we can feel that way regularly, for we renew that covenant, which includes his forgiveness." — John H. Groberg, "The Beauty and Importance of the Sacrament," Ensign, May 1989, p. 38

"Our faith in the Lord moves us to the third principle of the gospel, which is 'baptism by immersion for the remission of sins' by one who has priesthood authority. A of F 1:4. The Savior commanded that we all must be born again: 'Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.' John 3:5. Latter-day Saints accept baptism as an essential saving ordinance that is required of all people. Through baptism we covenant to take upon us the Lord's name and honor it by keeping His commandments. He, in turn, promises us the guiding and enlightening presence of His Spirit." - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Christians in Belief and Action," Ensign, November 1996, p. 72

"...we should not assume that the desires of our hearts can serve as a substitute for an ordinance of the gospel. Consider the words of the Lord in commanding two gospel ordinances: 'Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.' John 3:5. And in respect to the three degrees in the celestial glory, modern revelation states, 'In order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of the priesthood [meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage].' D&C 131:2. No exception is implied in these commands or authorized elsewhere in the scriptures." - Dallin H. Oaks, "The Desires of Our Hearts," Ensign, June 1986, p. 67

"The Savior here laid down the mandate of baptism that applies to every son and daughter of the Lord that is born in the flesh, that if they expect entrance into the kingdom of our Heavenly Father they must be born of the water, or baptized of the water, born of the spirit or baptized of the spirit. This declaration was so important that the Savior himself submitted to the ordinance of baptism." - Joseph L. Wirthlin, "Conference Report," April 1945, Second Day-Morning Meeting p. 68

"Men are here upon the earth then that they might have joy. Is there anything more desirable than happiness or joy? We are all seeking it; we all want it. How is it to be obtained? It can only be obtained through the Church and Kingdom of God. How may one get into this Church and Kingdom of God? The answer is: he must be born into it. He was born into the world to begin with, and now if he comes into the kingdom of God he must be born into it. Christ said to Nicodemus upon one occasion: 'Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. Except a man be born of water and of the spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.' John 3:3-5. So that it becomes in a sense a real birth. Baptism by water and the laying on of hands for the reception of the Holy Ghost is the door that leads into the Church and Kingdom of God." - Rudger Clawson, "Conference Report," October 1928, Afternoon Meeting p. 46

"Perhaps in Church assemblies today we do not stress sufficiently the importance of gospel covenants and the Saints' obligation to them. It is our duty to learn and understand the sacred and binding nature of the covenants we accept at baptism and the covenants and obligations associated with all other ordinances of the gospel found along that narrow path which leads to life eternal.
" - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," April 1959, Afternoon Meeting, p.108

“The acceptance of two principles, faith and repentance, and of two ordinances, baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost, form the first requirements for membership in the Church. They are really fundamental steps of progress. ‘By faithfully attending to the first principles of the Gospel, laid down in the New Testament, you are introduced into the knowledge of the works of God in the dispensation of the fullness of time.’ (Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 235.) A candidate for membership in the Church must believe sincerely in God, and His Son Jesus Christ, and in the divine plan of salvation; must repent by turning away from former errors and by doing that which is just; and must be baptized as an evidence of his faith, repentance and willingness henceforth to obey God's law. Then the gift of the Holy Ghost, of the higher intelligence, is conferred upon him. He is then a member of the Church, ready to partake of its labors, privileges and blessings.” - John A. Widtsoe, “Program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” p. 108

The manner of acquiring membership in this kingdom has not changed; it is the same today as it was when Jesus first proclaimed it, a complete change of heart, a new motivation, a transformation of the individual, a definite adaptation. Some form of expressing this spiritual rebirth is essential. Consequently, baptism by immersion is the outward objective, or tangible symbolic expression of the awakening to a new life. But the real, vital and fundamental factor in the process is the inner soul change of the individual. - "Improvement Era,” June 1933

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