Scripture Reading: Matthew 3:13-17
Video: The Baptism of Jesus
Picture: John the Baptist Baptizing Jesus
- Why did Jesus have a desire to be baptized?
- What does God think of you when you try to keep the commandments?
“Born of a mortal mother, Jesus was baptized to fulfill His Father’s commandment that sons and daughters of God should be baptized. He set the example for all of us to humble ourselves before our Heavenly Father. We are all welcome to come into the waters of baptism. He was baptized to witness to His Father that He would be obedient in keeping His commandments. He was baptized to show us that we should receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (see 2 Nephi 31:4–9).
“As we follow the example of Jesus, we, too, demonstrate that we will repent and be obedient in keeping the commandments of our Father in Heaven. We humble ourselves with a broken heart and a contrite spirit as we recognize our sins and seek forgiveness of our trespasses (see 3 Nephi 9:20). We covenant that we are willing to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ and always remember Him.”
Elder Robert D. Hales, The Covenant of Baptism, Ensign Magazine November 2000