There Were None Who Were Brought unto Repentance Who Were Not Baptized – 3 Nephi 7:24-25

24 Now I would have you to remember also, that there were none who were brought unto repentance who were not baptized with water.
25 Therefore, there were ordained of Nephi, men unto this ministry, that all such as should come unto them should be baptized with water, and this as a witness and a testimony before God, and unto the people, that they had repented and received a remission of their sins.
Mormon begins this chapter by describing the assassination of the chief judge, the dissolution of the Nephite government, the dividing of the people into tribes, and the establishment of a powerful terror organization which threatened the existence of the tribes. He then describes Nephi’s missionary work in the midst of this chaos. Immediately following these verses, he describes the destruction which preceded the appearance of the resurrected Savior. But here, at the end of chapter 7, he pauses long enough to point out a fact which he considers significant: under Nephi’s ministry, everyone who repented was baptized.
Why did Mormon take the time to mention that fact and to ask us to remember it? He obviously wanted to teach us something about baptism. He wanted us to know that repentance alone isn’t sufficient, that those who have truly repented need to be baptized as a physical manifestation to God and to the people around them that they have indeed repented.
As I’ve pondered this principle today, I’ve been struck by this thought: some things that might be more comfortable keeping private take on new meaning and power when we are willing to make them public. No wonder we hold testimony meetings and are commanded to “teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom” (D&C 88:77). As we share our convictions and our struggles with others, we grow far more than we could have on our own.
I’m not suggesting that we need to air our dirty laundry. There are things that need to be kept private. But I think Mormon is teaching us that our commitment to follow the gospel is not one of those things. We ought to witness to one another that we are seeking to follow the example of our Savior and keep God’s commandments. In doing so, that commitment becomes stronger and more durable.
Today, I will remember that my personal spiritual growth is enhanced as I share my journey with the people around me. I will be open about my commitment to the gospel and my desire to follow the commandments of my Heavenly Father.

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