THE PLAN OF SALVATION
WHAT ARE THE FULL BLESSINGS AND
ORDINANCES OF SALVATION?
Those who die without hearing the gospel can receive its full
through the faithful works of those who accept it in this
No one can be saved in the kingdom
of God without receiving the ordinances of salvation. Jesus taught
that all men must be baptized(1) or they could not enter into his
kingdom.(2) Even He was baptized to set the example.
answered, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except
a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom
Those who receive the gospel
in the spirit world cannot be baptized for themselves, but because He loves
them, the Lord has provided a way for them to receive the important ordinance
what shall they do which are baptized for the dead,
if the dead rise not at all? Why
are they then baptized for the dead?
1 Corinthians 15:29
This is important to know because
it means that members of your family who have already died - parents,
grandparents or others - can receive the gospel in the spirit world.(3)
Of course, the real blessing is that someone living here in this life can
be baptized in their name, (by proxy), so that they can fulfill the requirements
and receive the Lordís blessings. These sacred baptisms for the dead
are performed only in very sacred buildings called temples. This
is a very special blessing, the opportunity to help your ancestors qualify
to enter Godís kingdom by being baptized someday for them.(4)
WHAT ABOUT BABIES THAT DIE?
Little children cannot sin but are saved without baptism
through Christís atonement.
Another divine truth with the
Lord revealed through the Book of Mormon is that little children
cannot sin, but are innocent before him. They are saved because
of the atonement of Christ.(5)
We have heard a story about
a mother who lost an infant child and was told by a spiritual leader that
because the child had not been baptized it would be condemned forever.
Many religions believe this sad doctrine, which is not in tune to the loving
nature of our Heavenly Father.
The Lord, Jesus Christ, has
a special affection for little children as he said in St. Matthew 18:14,
"Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one
of these little ones should perish."
Little children will be saved
in the Lordís kingdom and they need no baptism.(6) Children,
when they die, go to the spirit world and receive all the blessings of
the gospel. The Lord provides for the salvation of little children
who die in infancy and before the age of accountability.
"Behold I say unto you that this thing shall ye teach repentance and baptism
unto those who are accountable and capable of committing sin; yea, teach
parents that they must repent and be baptized, and humble themselves
as their little children, and they shall all be saved with their little
And their little children need no repentance, neither baptism. Behold,
baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the
remission of sins. 12. But little
children are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the
world; if not so, God is a partial God, and also a changeable God, and
a respecter to persons; for how many little children have died without
baptism!" Moroni 8:10-12
We lived as spirits in the
premortal existence with God, and while we were there we accepted Godís
plan for us. We then came to this earth to obtain bodies, to learn
to have faith, and to keep the commandments so that we can return to live
with God. God wants to save all of his children, and he has prepared
a way for all of them, including those who die as infants, to hear
and accept, or reject, the gospel.
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