Those who die without hearing the gospel can receive its full blessings

through the faithful works of those who accept it in this life.


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. 


"Jesus answered, 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 


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 of baptism. 


"Else 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) 





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. 


 10.  "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 children. 


 11.  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.


(1)  Matthew 3:15-17

(2)  3 Nephi 11:33

(3)  Psalms 142:7

(4)  Malachi 4:5-6

(5)  Moroni 8:22

(6)  Mosiah 3:16


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