Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mosiah 18:10 -- On Baptism and Receiving the Spirit

"Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?"
Mosiah 18:10

The part that stuck out to me about this verse today is the "that he may pour out his spirit more abundantly" part.  It emphasizes that the whole reason God wants us to join his church and live his gospel is so that he can *help* us more.  We get it so backwards sometimes, don't we?  We start thinking that God is being demanding and trying to restrict us, when the absolute opposite is true.  He is offering us hope and freedom and joy.

Everything that God does is ordered... it makes sense.  If we follow the rules, we get the blessings. God's laws are like learning to walk.  We get the built-in blessing of extra mobility, and it is a stepping stone to being able to run and ride a bike.  Those are the "shalt" rules.  There are also the "shalt not" rules.  Those ones are like learning not to eat the moldy stuff in the refrigerator.  We can either listen and avoid the natural consequences there, or we can try it ourselves.  Yuck.  And sometimes we have to overcome the shalt nots in a certain area before we can get to the shalts. That's how baptism works as well.  It is a shalt rule, but we have to overcome some shalt nots to be able to do it.  If we can get to that point though, then God washes us clean, and it opens the door to an abundance of amazing blessings that we didn't even know were there beforehand.  We become part of God's kingdom.

Today, let's remember that everything God does is for us, to help us to learn and grow and become the people that we need to be to be happy and at peace now, and with a glorious future ahead of us.  If we're willing to help each other, and to stand up for God and learn the things that he is teaching us, then let's also be willing to do as God asks--to live his gospel, to enter into his covenant, to be baptized, to build righteous families and communities, and eventually be a Zion people.  Let's help God be able to pour out his spirit more abundantly on us. :)


  1. "Then God washes us clean"so that we can become his Son's and Daughter's in his kingdom.This church is not axacle celestial place ,His kingdom is far faraway and it has different living rules. Zion here we come.Thanks sister;👏👏👍☺


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