Immersion

The word "baptism" comes from the Greek word baptisma (βάπτισμα), which refers to dipping or submerging something. Jesus instructed His disciples on the American continent how to perform baptisms. They should stand in the water with the person being baptized, call the person by name, pronounce some specific words, and then "immerse them in the water,... Continue Reading →

Book of Mormon References in Moroni 6

Today as I studied Moroni 6, I found a number of phrases which referenced earlier passages in the Book of Mormon. Obviously, Moroni knew the Book of Mormon well. Still, I thought these references were striking, and I thought I'd share the connections I made today as I studied this chapter. Most of these phrases... Continue Reading →

One God

In his final testimony, Mormon emphasizes that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are "one God" (Mormon 7:7). This echoes the testimony of Nephi: And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is... Continue Reading →

What Is a “Remission” of Your Sins?

The word aphesis (ἄφεσις) appears 17 times in the Greek New Testament. It literally means "letting go" or "setting at liberty." When Jesus reads the prophecy from Isaiah 61 that the Messiah would "preach deliverance to the captives, and...set at liberty them that are bruised," He used the word aphesis twice. (See Luke 4:18 on biblehub.com.)... Continue Reading →

Strait and Narrow

"Enter ye in at the strait gate," said the Savior: For wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13-14,... Continue Reading →

What Are “Plain and Precious” Things?

During the vision which Nephi experienced after praying to understand his father's dream, he saw a time when scripture would be intentionally corrupted. "Many plain and precious things" would be removed. Because of those omissions, many people would "stumble" and fall under the power of Satan (1 Nephi 13:28-29). An angel promised Nephi that his... Continue Reading →

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