Here's the talk Jordan gave at Marcus and Maurice's baptism last Saturday. It's a great talk - wish we could have been there to hear him. :o)
I am glad that Maurice and Marcus asked me to talk today at their baptism. I know that their
decision to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ will bless them throughout their lives. I know
this is because they are following the example of Jesus. We know that Jesus lived a perfect life. He
was not baptized to be washed clean of His sins. He was baptized because he wanted to do
everything our Heavenly Father commanded him to do. When He asked John the Baptist to baptize
him John responded “I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?” Jesus answered,
“Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness.” Jesus knew that to
continue to be 100% obedient, he needed to be baptized. The prophet Nephi taught, “And now, if the
Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfill all righteousness, O
then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water!” When we are
baptized we make promises to Heavenly Father. I brought a kit with me today that will help us
remember the promises we make to Heavenly Father.
K is for KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.
When you are baptized, you promise to do your best to follow Jesus and keep all of His
commandments. When you make a mistake, you repent and try to do better.
A is for ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM.
A few ways we can remember Him are following his example and sharing the gospel with others.
Also, if someone is sad or having a bad day, we can help them and show them we care about them.
T is for TAKE UPON YOU THE NAME OF CHRIST
You will be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a member of Jesus’
church, you do things that Jesus would want you to do to build the kingdom of God.
Have you heard these phrases before at church? Keep His commandments? Always remember
Him? Willing to take His name upon you? We renew the promises we make at baptism every
week at church when we take the sacrament.Just as we have made promises to Heavenly Father,
he has promised us that if we keep our promise we will always have His spirit with us. Tomorrow
in church you will be confirmed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and
you will receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. With this gift Heavenly Father has promised that he will
always guide us in what we need to do, as long as we keep our promise to keep His commandments,
always remember Him, and take upon us Jesus’ name or be his disciples.
I am so happy that two of my friends have chosen to follow Christ’s example and be baptized into His
church. I also know that our Heavenly Father and Jesus are so happy today, too. I know this church is
true. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.