Most people have noticed that Mormons put a lot of emphasis on Baptism. In the Mormon church, we practice “baptism by immersion,” which is the method that Jesus Christ Himself used and approved in his ancient church (See Matt 3:13-17). It is important that not just anyone perform the baptism; just as in the day’s of Jesus, Jesus Christ visited John the Baptist because he had authority, we also believe:
Baptism, being one of the ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, must be performed by one who is called of God, and duly ordained to that task.
Why is Baptism important?
Baptism is a covenant, or promise that we make with God our Father in Heaven. When we are baptized, we witness to God that we are willing to repent of all our sins, and He in turn washes us clean. A person only needs to be baptized once, but we must repent throughout our lives as we make mistakes, so that we can once again come closer to God.
When we are baptized and make this commitment, God literally washes us clean. Through His Son, Jesus Christ, we are made clean, and Christ Himself takes our sins. Jesus Christ has already paid for our Sins, and Baptism is our way of following His commandments and showing our commitment to Him.
Does a person really need Baptism?
To answer this question, we can look at Jesus Christ’s example. He, of all people who have ever lived on this earth, needed a “remission of sins” the least, yet he was baptized. He was baptized, “to fulfill all righteousness.” In other words, He did it because He understood that it was commanded of all who were born on this Earth to witness to the Father their willingness to be obedient.
Certainly, Christ had no need to wash away sins, but his actions show us that Baptism is more than just an opportunity to be cleansed from sin; it is an opportunity to follow God’s commands.
And now, if the Lamb of God, he being aholy, should have need to be bbaptized by water, to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be cbaptized, yea, even by water!And now, I would ask of you, my beloved brethren, wherein the Lamb of God did fulfil all righteousness in being baptized by water?Know ye not that he was holy? But notwithstanding he being holy, he showeth unto the children of men that, according to the flesh he humbleth himself before the Father, and witnesseth unto the Father that he would be aobedient unto him in keeping his commandments. (Source)