Again, it begs the question: What would I give up to live what I believe?
I love to read the terms of baptism as Alma lays it out. Also, how he immerses himself in the water with Helam. Alma was already baptized (and had the priesthood- though he was a wicked priest in the past) as symbol of his repentant state. It makes me think of outward things I can do to show my inward commitment.
They covenanted because they were desirous to come unto the fold of God… desirous to be called one of his people… were willing to bear one another's burdens… willing to mourn with those that mourn… willing to comfort those that stand in need of comfort… to stand as a witness of God at all times and in all things and in all places… willing to witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant… and willing to serve him and keep his commandments.
Thing is I made that same covenant.
God promises that we will be redeemed of God (vs. 9)… be numbered with those of the first resurrection (vs. 9)… will have eternal life (vs. 9)… he will pour out his spirit more abundantly upon you (vs.10, 13)… will grant unto you eternal life through the redemption of Christ (vs. 13)… and they will be filled with the grace of God (vs.16).
What great promises! I need those!
The promise of eternal life for those who keep their baptismal covenant is "brought to pass through the power and sufferings and death of Christ and his resurrection and ascension into heaven." We renew that covenant each Sunday. It can either just be bread and water to use, or it can be a way to renew those special covenants and promises.
I also think it's interesting to see the church being organized and run by the Priesthood- same as today. So cool.
Members are taught correct doctrine (vs.19)… They are taught about faith and repentance (vs.20)… They are surrounded by people who love them (vs.21)… They become children of God (vs.22)… They learn the gospel by attending weekly meetings (vs. 25)… Priests receive the Spirit and a knowledge of God (vs. 26)… The poor receive help through the gifts of members (vs. 27–28).
The Mormon comments "how beautiful are they to the eyes of them who there came to the knowledge of their Redeemer; yea, and how blessed are they, for they shall sing to his praise forever." Beautiful.
Don’t you wish you were there?
What did you learn?