Moroni discusses baptism in this chapter and the requirements for those who desire to be baptized. What must one do to qualify for this first ordinance of Christ’s gospel?
- They bring “forth fruit meet that they were worthy of it.” (1) Baptism is not something to take on lightly. One must be committed to Christ and show this by good fruits (actions), which come from faith in their Savior.
- They also have “a broken heart and a contrite spirit,” (2) We must be humble, willing to do what our Savior wants, rather than what we want.
- They “witnessed unto the church that they truly repented of all their sins.” (2) Being humble leads to repentance. Repentance leads to a change of heart, through the grace of Jesus Christ.
- They also take upon them “the name of Christ,” (3) This covenant is specifically mentioned in the baptismal ordinance. We are in this for the long haul and need to open our mouths to declare Christ to the world. Taking His name upon us means we don’t hide our testimony under a bushel, but proudly hold Him up to the world.
- They also have “a determination to serve him to the end.” (3) We don’t just get baptized and think we’ve finished our part. Our part never ends. We serve Christ with determination until the end…and repent when we fail and then do better.
Whether you’ve already been baptized by one holding authority, or desire to be baptized in the future, we need to evaluate our own hearts to see if we are living as Moroni taught, so we are worthy.
What areas could we work in to be more worthy of this sacred ordinance that can bring us closer to Christ?
Moroni says that after they were baptized, they “were wrought upon and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (4) What do you think this means? How would it feel? Have you felt this miraculous change of heart? If you have, do you feel it still today?
After baptism by water and the receiving of the gift of the Holy Ghost (baptism by fire), those that receive this sacred ordinance have their names written down, “that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith.” (4)
This verse if meaty. We are to remember each other and nourish each other spiritually, with the good word of God.
How can I do this better in my life?
We are to keep each other in the right way. That doesn’t mean judging each other. That means loving each other, encouraging each other, inspiring each other. No one has ever wanted to be better because someone judged them as a sinner. So don’t judge. There’s too much of that in the world, and that’s NOT what Christ has asked us to do.
We are to help each other be watchful unto prayer. Prayer brings power into our lives, because it connects us with heaven. Let us be mindful of our own prayers, and then when we meet others who need a lift, let us bear testimony of the saving power of prayer, so they can feel inspired to use it as well.
Since I’m an author, my favorite part is the last, where it tells us that to keep our baptismal covenants, we rely alone upon the merits of Christ, who is the author and the finisher of our faith.
Duties of an author include: planning, writing, revising, and finishing a creation. Christ does that with our faith. He’s given us a plan. He helps us write our own path of faith, revising along the way through repentance, as troubles come and we are battered with the winds of life. Ultimately, He finishes and gives us our own happily-ever-after, if we rely alone on Him and His merits and don’t try to take over the authorship and mess everything up. Christ will write the scenes into my timeline that will help stretch me and become the heroine of my own story so I can live with Him again.
As an author, I do all I can to help my characters grow. That means I give them challenges to overcome. Hard ones. God sent us to this world to be tested and tried, to stretch us so we can come to know who we really are through the choices we make.
Another insight on author is that the root of author mean authority. Christ is the authority of salvation and faith. Without Him, there would be no need for faith.
As church members, after we are baptized, we are to “meet together oft, to fast and to pray, and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls.” (5) This is why we go to church. Not to be entertained or befriended. We go to lift others and nourish each others’ spirits.
How can I keep my baptismal covenant better by nurturing others in God’s fold? (and outside His fold)?
- Could I smile more and be more cheerful?
- Could I be grateful more and critical less (or not at all)?
- Could I be friendly and sit by someone who’s by themself?
- Could I commit to never judging others, but loving more?
- Could I commit to being positive.
- Could I speak out about my love for Christ?
And their meetings were conducted by the church after the manner of the workings of the Spirit, and by the power of the Holy Ghost; for as the power of the Holy Ghost led them whether to preach, or to exhort, or to pray, or to supplicate, or to sing, even so it was done.”Moroni 6:9
Let’s allow Christ to be the author and finisher of our faith, and then let us reach out to others in good works, to spread the love around.