Baptismal Interview Questions – Intro

10 November

lds_baptismDuring the next couple of weeks I’ll be presenting a short series on the six questions people are asked before they’re baptized into the Mormon faith.

As I read over the questions I wondered if people going through the interview process felt more like they were interviewing for a job than coming to faith in Jesus Christ. As you’ll see the questions are more about what the convert is committed to do, and what they believe about Church leaders than a testament of what Jesus has done in the life of the believer.

That’s what our conversation to Jesus should be about; it should be about what he did for us on the cross. We were once lowly, wretched sinners and He picked us up out of the muck and mire, washed our sins away with His blood and saved us.

We don’t have to commit to any works of salvation, or belief in a mortal man before He welcomes us into His family. And therein lies the difference between Christianity and Mormonism.

To give you a peek at what we’ll be discussing in the days ahead I’ve listed the questions people are asked by the missionaries before their baptism.

1. Do you believe that God is our Eternal Father? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world?

2. Do you believe the Church and gospel of Jesus Christ have been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith? Do you believe that [current Church President] is a prophet of God? What does this mean to you?

3. What does it mean to you to repent? Do you feel that you have repented of your past transgressions?

4. Have you ever committed a serious crime? If so, are you now on probation or parole? Have you ever participated in an abortion? a homosexual relationship?

5. You have been taught that membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints includes living gospel standards. What do you understand of the following standards? Are you willing to obey them?

a. The law of chastity, which prohibits any sexual relationship outside the bonds of a legal marriage between a man and a woman.

b. The law of tithing.

c. The Word of Wisdom.

d. The Sabbath day, including partaking of the sacrament weekly and rendering service to fellow members.

6. When you are baptized, you covenant with God that you are willing to take upon yourself the name of Christ and keep His commandments throughout your life. Are you ready to make this covenant and strive to be faithful to it?

 Depending on how deep into a question the Lord leads me to go I plan to cover only one, maybe two questions at a time. I hope this series of articles is a blessing to you and gives you some ideas of how to witness to your Mormon friends and loved ones, maybe even the missionaries who come to your door.

In Christ,

Melissa Grimes

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